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Globe and Mail article: ‘The awful truth about social programs’

This Globe and Mail article comments on the lack of efficacy of human service programs in Toronto, particularly those aimed at serving poor people. These comments should sound familiar to those who have studied Social Role Valorization (SRV) and the related assessment tool PASSING, and by no means is limited to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, or […]

article: ‘New psychiatric treatment center opening today’

The 16 August 2012 article in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette entitled ‘New psychiatric treatment center opening today’ describes the first new psychiatric facility built in Massachusetts since the 1950s. The new building is located on the grounds of the Worcester State Hospital, built in the 1830s. A couple SRV-relevant points: • The article mentions […]

Prisons and ‘setting access’

This NY Times article entitled ‘Alabama’s White Elephant’ describes several likely problematic consequences of a new federal prison for women being built in Alabama (US). Many of these problems can be framed and understood in an SRV/PASSING context. It would also be possible to draw out even more likely negative consequences which are not mentioned […]

Posted on July 17, 2012 at 11:28 am by MTumeinski · Permalink · 4 Comments
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PASSING workshop announcement: August 2012 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Ryerson School of Disability Studies, the Southern Ontario Training Group and the Brockville and District Association for Community Involvement (BDACI) are co-sponsoring an Introductory PASSING Workshop Dates and times:   Starting, Monday,  August 20, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. sharp  Ending, Friday, August 24, 2012 at approximately 2:00 p.m. Location: Ryerson University, Sally Horsfall Eaton Centre for Studies […]

Posted on May 2, 2012 at 8:42 am by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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SRV theme: model coherency (# 4 in a series)

This more advanced article by Wolfensberger and Thomas published in SRV-VRS: The International SRV Journal in the spring of 1996 focuses on a particular topic concerning the SRV theme of model coherency; namely, how a model coherency analysis might be properly incorporated into a PASSING assessment. As one would expect, the authors lay out some of the […]

Posted on May 1, 2012 at 6:35 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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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 […]

Social Role Valorization theme: model coherency (post #2 in a series)

This is the second in a series of posts concerning the Social Role Valorization theme of relevance, potency, and model coherency of measures and services (see the SRV monograph by Wolfensberger, 1998, 3rd. rev. ed. published in 2004, pp. 111-118). I briefly mentioned in the first post that Wolfensberger had described relevance, potency and model […]

Social Role Valorization theme: model coherency (post #1 in a series)

This is the first in a series of posts concerning the Social Role Valorization theme of relevance, potency, and model coherency of measures and services (see the SRV monograph by Wolfensberger, 1998, 3rd. rev. ed. published in 2004, pp. 111-118). Model coherency in my opinion is one of the most elegant and powerful of the […]

article: Social Participation of Students with Special Needs in Regular Primary Education in the Netherlands

This 2010 article describes a study done on the ‘social participation of students’ with impairments ‘in regular primary education in the Netherlands,’ and raises a number of relevant points for our consideration from an SRV perspective. (Note: I am not a statistician nor an academic scientific researcher, so I may be missing key points and […]