Social Role Valorization

Social Role Valorization
"People who fill roles that are positively valued by others will generally be afforded the good things in life, but people who fill roles that are devalued by others will typically get badly treated by them.”

"Social Role Valorization when well applied has the potential to help devalued people to gain greater access to the good things in life and be spared at least some of the negative effects of social devaluation."

"Social Role Valorization (SRV) is a systematic  and universally applicable concept for structuring human services. SRV  suggests that there is a close relationship between the socially  perceived value of the roles that people hold, and whether people in  those roles will be accorded opportunities and other good things in life. Bad things tend to get done to people in devalued roles and, good things tend to be afforded to people in positively valued roles."

Dr. Wolf Wolfensberger

Dr. Wolf Wolfensberger was the originator of Social Role Valorization and the Normalization Principle, concepts that strongly influenced disability policy and practice in the Canada, the US and other parts of the world. He was widely recognized as a major contributor to the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities in the 20th century and had a reputation for being a stirring and controversial speaker.

BDACI adopted Social Role Valorization as its guiding service framework. Social Role Valorization training is provided to its Board, staff and others.

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A Brief Summary of Social Role Valorization

Our Goal: That Communities offer all people equal opportunity, full participation, respect and value as individuals.