radio interview ‘Exploring the shadow world of ICE prisons’

This radio interview contains much material that is instructive in terms of societal devaluation. One claim made in the interview is that these prisons, many of them for-profit, exploit the labor of the prisoners. If accurate, this may remind us of similar exploitative practices which were common at many institutions. See for example these reports: […]

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Valuing Lives: Wolf Wolfensberger and the Principle of Normalization

This article in the Winter 2017 issue of Making a Difference (published by the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities) includes an article by Dr. Pat Nobbie entitled ‘The rhythms and patterns of life.’ The article begins on page 27. Dr. Nobbie poses the question “What makes a good portrayal of people with disabilities in the […]

Posted on February 6, 2017 at 11:57 am by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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NY Times article: To Siri With Love: How One Boy With Autism Became BFF With Apple’s Siri

This recent article in the NY Times would make a good basis for a Social Role Valorization-based exercise or discussion, in an agency, study group or university class. It would require thinking about multiple elements–first individually, and then collectively. This is one of the strengths of SRV and PASSING: that it teaches people how to think […]

asylum architecture

My thanks to Dr Robert Flynn, emeritus professor of the University of Ottawa, shared the following link with me concerning asylum architecture. This material is relevant to the experience of so many societally devalued people. It also connects with the teaching and writing of Dr. Wolf Wolfensberger. Marc Tumeinski Tweet

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

guest post about a leadership development session in Australia

I just received an update from John Armstrong concerning an SRV 10 Study Group in Australia, meeting in Melbourne (check out this post about the inaugural session of the study group). Please see below for details from John. This group is one example of a leadership development effort focused on Social Role Valorization (SRV) training. As […]

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 […]

initial list of ideas and topics for the 1st annual SRV Journal online conference

As mentioned in my last post, we are looking forward to our first annual SRV Journal online conference which will open in September. Why are we hosting this conference? We believe that Social Role Valorization (SRV), when well applied, has great potential to help societally devalued groups and individuals to gain greater access to the […]

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