book review: ‘No Place to Call Home: Inside the Real Lives of Gypsies and Travellers’

One of the points made in the explanation of societal devaluation, in the SRV monograph authored by Wolfensberger (e.g., page 40 in the 4th expanded edition) and in SRV leadership level workshops, is that societal devaluation (negative perception followed by negative treatment) of a group can become multi-generational. This 2013 book entitled ‘No Place to […]

just arrived: vol 2 no 1 of the Journal of the Christian Institute on Disability

I have mentioned Dr. Jeff McNair of CalBaptist University in past posts (here and here). Jeff is the senior editor of the Journal of the Christian Institute on Disability (check this post about an article that we wrote together for that journal). Jeff has sponsored a 4 day leadership SRV workshop in California, and often 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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US Bureau of Justice Statistics: Crime Against Persons With Disabilities, 2008-2010 – Statistical Tables

A report from the US Bureau of Justice. I have not started reviewing this material yet, and so may have more to post on in the future, but even the highlights are sadly instructive about the predictable impacts of social and societal devaluation on people in heightened vulnerability: “In 2010, for both males and females the […]

Posted on February 21, 2012 at 6:23 am by MTumeinski · Permalink · One Comment
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report: ‘Midwest Evaluation of the Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth’

A 2010 radio show and 2011 longitudinal study on heightened vulnerability for those in and those leaving the foster care system. The study looks at (in Social Role Valorization terms) heightened vulnerability to devaluation and wounding in various life domains related to home, education, work, family, safety, health, income, etc. These reports indicate in part […]

Posted on February 6, 2012 at 8:34 am by MTumeinski · Permalink · One Comment
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welcome to Millersville University students!

I’d like to extend a warm welcome to our newest readers from Millersville University, those students taking either Applied Foundations in Contemporary Special Education (undergraduate SPED237) or Psychology of Students with Disabilities (graduate SPED601). Some of you have already commented on posts and I look forward to reading more comments as the semester progresses. Welcome! […]

Posted on February 1, 2012 at 1:27 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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‘almost friends’?!

An interesting recent post by Jeff McNair at CalBaptist University touches on a common question raised during Social Role Valorization (SRV) workshops, about the nature of the role of friend versus the role of staff or volunteer. This question often raises lots of defenses, which can be a sign that much unconscious devaluation is present. […]

Guest post: Lenin, Stalin and Hitler: The Age of Social Catastrophe

The following is a guest blog post submitted by Steven Tiffany: I’d like to share some Social Role Valorization (SRV) insights I gleaned while reading the book “Lenin, Stalin and Hitler: The Age of Social Catastrophe” by Robert Gellately (2007). The level of violence, terror and death described in the book is overwhelming, but it also […]

Language surrounding “Alzheimer’s”

Driving home the other day, I turned on the radio and caught the end of a radio news broadcast concerning “Alzheimer’s.” (Note: I put the quotes around Alzheimer’s because my experience is that this term is too often loosely thrown around as a label or confirmed diagnosis, both by non-professionals as well as human service […]

Churches and devalued people: ‘Good Samaritan’ parable

Jeff McNair of CalBaptist University posted in his blog recently about the social devaluation of impaired people within and by churches (and I would assume, by extension, by synagogues, mosques, etc.). McNair is touching on one of the most common wounds of socially devalued people, that of segregation, in one of the places where belonging […]

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