Virtual Lunch and Learn Offers Overview of Social Role Valorization

February 2021

Title: Living the Good Life - Enabling Vulnerable People to Have Valued Social Roles: A Brief Introduction to Social Role Valorization My Meeting

Date: March 4, 2021

Time: 12 Noon to 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time

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Guy Caruso, Western Coordinator of the Institute on Disabilities will present a webinar on March 4, 2021 titled Living the Good Life - Enabling Vulnerable People to Have Valued Social Roles: A Brief Introduction to Social Role Valorization.

The theory of Social Role Valorization (SRV) and its predecessor idea, the Principle of Normalization, was first brought to North America and developed in the early 1970s by Dr. Wolf Wolfensberger. Institutions were the prevailing service form then, where people were segregated, congregated, and often abused. Normalization, and later SRV, informed a generation of planners of the community system as they envisioned a community in which people with disability could experience freedom, dignity, and the opportunity to experience "the good things in life."

SRV is a social theory that helps us understand the process of social devaluation. How do people come to be at the bottom of the social ladder, and what are the predictable "bad things" likely to come their way once they lose value within society? These "bad things" have been called the "wounds" of social devaluation and are inflicted on devalued people.

SRV poses the question, "If we want good things to happen in the lives of people devalued, what can be done?" If we can assist people to move into valued roles, we increase the likelihood that people will have access to these good things.

This Lunch & Learn will be an introduction to SRV.

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