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Sunday NY Times: A Facial Theory of Politics

The 22 April Sunday New York Times article entitled ‘A facial theory of politics’ bears relevance to Social Role Valorization theory teaching about image enhancement. The article discusses how the personal appearance of candidates for political office has a measurable influence on how people vote. As taught in SRV and PASSING, one of the aspects […]

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 11:53 am by MTumeinski · Permalink · 6 Comments
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article ‘New model of food pantry helps people maintain their dignity’

This January 2012 newspaper article highlighted, among other issues, efforts by a local food pantry to enhance both image and competency of people using the pantry: ‘The new location allows it to be set up like a grocery store to give people a sense of dignity … Where before volunteers pre-bagged food and handed it to […]

SRV study tip #3

To continue with our last post on the PASSING tool and workshop, we saw in that post that PASSING builds on the twofold SRV strategy of image enhancement (PASSING ratings beginning with a ‘1’) and competency enhancement (ratings beginning with a ‘2’). Total PASSING scores range from -1000 to +1000 points. The total of all […]

SRV study tip #2

I was at 2 different PASSING workshops fairly recently and as always I was struck at the power, clarity and utility of the PASSING manual and workshop for raising consciousness, deepening one’s understanding of SRV, helping one to step into the shoes of vulnerable people (interpersonal identification), seeing the distinction between programmatic and non-programmatic concerns, […]

countdown: 2 days until the 5th International SRV conference in Canberra

We have arrived in Canberra in preparation for the 5th International SRV Conference starting on 21 September. I am looking forward to presenting and listening to the presentations. Many teachers of SRV and implementers as well are gathering together for 3 days to learn and discuss Social Role Valorization. Forthcoming issues of The SRV Journal […]

Posted on September 19, 2011 at 1:29 am by MTumeinski · Permalink · One Comment
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Leisure roles

This 2009 article entitled “Serious leisure and people with intellectual disabilities: Benefits and opportunities” in the journal Leisure Studies describes efforts to help impaired people participate in ‘serious’ leisure activities, meaning leisure activities that a person engages in fully and has done so successfully for a long time. The authors mention Nirje and Wolfensberger, Normalization and Social […]

Posted on June 17, 2011 at 8:17 am by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Image juxtaposition: “Stage management 2.0”

A 29 May 2011 NY Times article about US President Obama’s visit to the UK mentions an event relevant to image juxtaposition and crafting positive images: “Before Mr. Obama took his seat, an aide asked that two fax machines behind him be removed. The machines, which would have appeared in photographs just above his head, […]

Posted on May 30, 2011 at 6:00 am by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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“The college of choice for students with learning disabilities and/or AD/HD”

An article in the 9 January 2011 EducationLife insert of the New York Times described Landmark College: “The college of choice for students with learning disabilities and/or AD/HD.” Landmark is a two year college in Vermont (US), costing $48000 USD annual tuition. They have 500 students. According to the article, half are recent high school […]