NY Times Magazine article: Autism, Inc.

The 2 December 2012 NY Times Magazine article ‘Autism Inc.: How Thorkil Sonne discovered that his son’s disability could be turned into a competitive advantage‘ could make for an interesting read to analyze from a Social Role Valorization (SRV) perspective. For example, the article focuses on the role domain of employment (Wolfensberger, 1998, 30). It […]

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 […]

Senior’s Summer Camps

Last week, the media in Atlantic Canada was touting Senior’s Summer Camps as an innovative and entrepreneurial idea. According to the article, Halifax, Nova Scotia will be the sight of “The Heart and Soul Summer Arts Camp aimed at seniors experiencing physical, cognitive and financial challenges”. The camp will focus mostly on the arts along […]

Posted on March 22, 2012 at 4:57 pm by stevetiff · Permalink · 10 Comments
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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 […]

‘Bent, not broken’ article in NY Times

This NY Times article about a teacher has some good potential as a teaching exercise: in a workshop, staff meeting or university classroom. It can be used to raise questions and issues relevant to Social Role Valorization, such as: • What language is used to refer to the person who is the main subject of […]

Posted on October 4, 2010 at 6:44 am by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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NY Times article: ‘My Brother’s Keeper (Assembly Required)’

The NY Times ran a column on August 22 in an ongoing series of columns entitled ‘Modern Love.’ This particular column was by a sister describing her brother with Down’s syndrome. * Reflect on how her brother is described in the column. How is he described as spending his days? Think about what roles and […]

Posted on August 30, 2010 at 2:29 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Idea for an article, from Dr. Wolfensberger

In his June 2010 column SRV News & Reviews (in the SRV Journal), Dr. Wolfensberger writes: We suggest that readers give some thought to the difference between saying that somebody “has X” versus that somebody “is X,” as perhaps in “he has autism” versus “he is autistic,” or “she has dyslexia” or “is dyslexic.” “Has” […]

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 1:40 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Dr. Elaine Smokewood

In Social Role Valorization (SRV), one of the points we make in teaching about social roles is that a valued role can be protective, even when someone ends up with a significant impairment after acquiring the role, and how important it is to shore up someone’s valued roles, particularly if they do become quite sick, […]

Posted on June 25, 2010 at 1:30 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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