article: “New school an option for kids struggling with autism”

The following article is worth discussing and analyzing from a Social Role Valorization and PASSING perspective: New school an option for kids struggling with autism This analysis could be carried out as part of an SRV workshop, in a university classroom, as part of an SRV study group, etc. Several elements could be analyzed from […]

NY Times article: ‘Rikers to Ban Isolation for Inmates 21 and Younger’

This NY Times article would be interesting to read, analyze and discuss from an SRV perspective (e.g., in an SRV study group, university class, etc.). Some angles for analysis and discussion might include: • segregation and congregation of prisoners • lack of culturally valued analogues for prison • interpersonal identification (or lack thereof) between guards […]

article: ‘Retirees opting for all-ages housing communities’

The article ‘Retirees opting for all-ages housing communities‘ (and this 2010 article as well) could be the basis for an interesting exercise for a study group, university or college class, staff training, etc. Such an exercise from a Social Role Valorization (SRV) perspective might profitably include a discussion of the contemporary heightened vulnerability of elders […]

Roles, expectations, segregation and Israel/Palestine

A December 2010 Time magazine article used role language and other SRV-consistent language to describe the negative long-term effects of the physical and social separation between Israelis and Palestinians brought about by the ‘Wall’: a 400 mile system of fences, barricades and military checkpoints. (I understand that the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is a long-term development with […]

Posted on December 28, 2010 at 8:08 am by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Deportation of the Roma from France

In SRV workshops, we begin by teaching about the most common wounds of societally devalued people. One of the most common forms of wounding is rejection. We talk about rejection as a hinge wound, in that it likely opens the door to other wounds. One of the wounds that rejection can result in is that […]

Posted on August 24, 2010 at 11:18 am by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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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 […]

Posted on July 12, 2010 at 1:56 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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NYT article: Using Theater As a Salve To Soothe Minds

This New York Times article describes a European drama school where people with disabilities not only learn their own lines but also design and make sets and costumes, do their own makeup and, finally, conceive dramatic plots. The drama school is called Pathological Theater (NB: role communicator of what we name programs). Pathology means the […]

Posted on July 9, 2010 at 1:52 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Iwawa Island, Rwanda

One of my (admittedly narrow) interests in human service history has been in the location of various types of human service programs, including but not limited to prisons, on islands. This NY Times article describes how the government in Rwanda has been sending beggars, homeless people and petty criminals to an island in Lake Kiwu […]

Posted on June 4, 2010 at 9:23 am by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion

2010 is the European year for combating poverty and social exclusion. From a 16 February 2010 news item: Social exclusion refers to those who don’t enjoy levels of participation that most of society takes for granted, because of their poverty, lack of basic competences or lifelong learning, or as a result of discrimination. In SRV, […]

Posted on March 8, 2010 at 1:11 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Swedish study links suicide and social exclusion (segregation)

A recent study in Sweden found links between social exclusion (segregation) at a young age and greater risk of suicide. A quote from the study relevant to the wound of impoverishment of experience, as well as material poverty: “This view emphasises the importance of taking the emotional and social poverty of children just as seriously […]

Posted on March 5, 2010 at 1:20 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink · One Comment
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