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recent blog post: “GPS – the debate on tracking equipment for people with dementia”

Read the following blog post and consider what an Social Role Valorization perspective (valued social roles, image and competency enhancement, culturally valued analog, heightened vulnerability, greater access to the good things of life, etc.) would add. http://dementiachallengers.wordpress.com/2013/09/15/gps-the-debate-on-tracking-equipment-for-people-with-dementia/   Tweet

Posted on May 27, 2014 at 3:03 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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first welcome video for the 2015 SRV conference

Please check out and share our first welcome message for the 2015 International Social Role Valorization conference being held in Providence, Rhode Island in the US. More messages to come! Tweet

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 3:27 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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SRV on the Brockville & District Association website

Read about why this Association for Community Involvement adopted Social Role Valorization as its guiding framework. Marc Tumeinski Tweet

Posted on March 26, 2014 at 9:27 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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update on the 1999 Institute of Medicine report

In 1999, the US Institute of Medicine published a report concerning dangers to all patients in hospitals. From the report: At least 44,000 people, and perhaps as many as 98,000 people, die in hospitals each year as a result of medical errors that could have been prevented, according to estimates from two major studies. Online […]

Posted on March 19, 2014 at 2:06 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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looking for brief videos to use in teaching about SRV

Based on my last blog post, and a question from a university professor about using videos, I am going to repost some of the videos which we have shared on this blog in the past (see below). I am also going to invite our blog readers to share links to brief videos that you have […]

Posted on January 8, 2014 at 11:10 am by MTumeinski · Permalink · One Comment
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brief video on unconsciousness/selective awareness

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fSoI_HksoU Think about the points made in this 4 minute video in terms of what Social Role Valorization (SRV) teaches about unconsciousness/lack of awareness about the social processes of devaluation. Can you make any points of connection with SRV theory? Marc Tumeinski Tweet

Posted on January 3, 2014 at 12:49 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink · 2 Comments
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UK report: ‘Confidential Inquiry into premature deaths of people with learning disabilities’

One of the wounding experiences which can result from social and societal devaluation is that of deathmaking, a term coined by Dr. Wolfensberger to describe actions that hasten the death of societally devalued people (cf. Wolfensberger, SRV monograph, 2013 , pp. 35-36, 41; and The New Genocide of Handicapped and Afflicted People). A 5 April […]

Posted on December 17, 2013 at 10:59 am by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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article: Experiences of subculture within a prison community

This UK article looks at societal devaluation associated with prisons, particularly with prisoners with additional devaluing conditions (e.g., intellectual impairment.) From the article: • As part of my third-year learning disability branch placement in a British prison I looked at social role valorisation and how people with learning disabilities are perceived in society.   • People are […]

Posted on August 26, 2013 at 10:31 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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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 […]

role theory on the ‘everyday sociology’ blog

I just read an entry on the ‘Everyday Sociology’ blog sponsored by Norton Publishing. The entry is about role theory, and touches on: expectations, social status and behaviors. I like the idea of trying to blog about this (and other) sociological concepts in a simple way that invites readers to think about a particular concept. […]