Wolfensberger, W. (2011). A brief history of the evolution of normalization into Social Role Valorization, with emphasis on social roles. The SRV Journal, 6(1), 32–42.
Yates, J. (2010). Don’t be surprised. The SRV Journal, 5(2), 37-38.
Reed, F. with Tumeinski, M. (2010). A two-hour visit to a rehab facility. The SRV Journal, 5(2), 34-36.
Barken, R. (2010). Intellectual disabilities & institutionalization in Nova Scotia. The SRV Journal, 5(2), 26-33.
Despite broader trends toward deinstitutionalization, over seven hundred Nova Scotians with intellectual disabilities currently live in institutional settings. In response this paper examines the socio-cultural, political, and economic imperatives for the institutionalization and deinstitutionalization of people with intellectual disabilities. It provides a critique of institutional models in general, and of Nova Scotia’s current residential services policies. While community models of support present a promising alternative to institutionalization, this paper cautions that institutions are often re-created in community settings. This paper thus suggests that an institution is not simply defined by the number of residents, but by the characteristics of the environment that enable or restrict residents to enjoy the same freedoms and responsibilities that the majority of other people do in their own homes. This article is based on preliminary research conducted for an MA thesis in Sociology, in which I examine the reasons why Nova Scotians with intellectual disabilities continue to be institutionalized and the barriers that exist to embracing policies of deinstitutionalization in the province.
Duggan, M. (2010). The value of SRV to people’s lives. The SRV Journal, 5(2), 10–14.
Tumeinski, M. (2010). SRV lessons learned: A PASSING visit to a preschool. The SRV Journal, 5(1), 21-35.
Barken. E. (2010). Almost, but not quite there: Failing to fully develop culturally valued analogues. The SRV Journal, 5(1), 14-20.
The Social Role Valorization concept of the Culturally Valued Analogue (CVA) emphasizes creating situations for socially devalued people that are as close as possible to what socially valued people would typically expect. The importance of adhering to the guidelines that the CVA puts forward is highlighted through reflecting on several experiences of one devalued person, including having a roommate, employment, friendship and vacation. One central theme of the article is the detrimental role that human service systems and programs can play in devalued people’s lives–while human service systems may have good intentions and rationales for the situations they set up, they will likely fail to help devalued people have access to the good things in life if they do not adhere to the principles set forth by the Culturally Valued Analogue.
Dunnigan, S. (2010). Striving for ordinary: A mother’s story. The SRV Journal, 5(1), 10-13.