The Power of Valued Social Roles

Friday, November 1, 2013
First author:
Hans Kroon
Workshop: Accessible Society II

Perspectief, Utrecht, the Netherlands

All authors:

Hans Kroon, Wil Molenaar

Inclusion, Reciprocity, Identity, Diversity

Social Role Valorization (SRV) is an effective way to work on inclusion using well grounded scientific theory. This theory was developed by Wolf Wolfensberger (university of Syracuse, New York) at the end of the 20th century. He described in detail all forms of exclusion in society in line with this theoretical foundation and developed insights and practical ways to counter exclusion of vulnerable people in all walks of life. Thinking and acting based on SRV are at the basis of inclusion as well as the principles and articles of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

In addition to a strong vision on inclusion and insights in mechanisms of exclusion, SRV offers practical ways to people who are marginalized – even the most vulnerable of them – or people who run the risk of marginalization. Important themes are: devaluation and its consequences, power of mindsets and expectations, social valued roles, cultural valued analogue, the conservatism corollary, model coherency. The construct of social roles can be a powerful tool in analyzing and explaining what happens to impaired or otherwise devalued people, for crafting action measures on their behalf and for restructuring human services.

In our workshop we want to explain and illustrate some of the mentioned themes, with exercises/ films/ pictures, in a way that the audience can experience the impact of the value of SRV and what it means to them in their life and work. We show them how everybody can contribute in every day situations to “the art of belonging”.