Social Role Valorisation (SRV) is a social science framework that underpins the work of Resourcing Inclusive Communities. It helps us understand human relationships and the life experience of marginalised people, and why people with disability are devalued. It is based on the idea that, within any given society, some attributes and by association some people, are valued more highly than others. The roles that people have are valued differently too.
Valued roles are the key to the good things of life for everyone. When we have work, community, civic, relationship and recreational roles we have opportunity to meet people, develop our skills and project a positive image of ourselves with others. Extra effort must be made to assist people with disability into valued roles, so they too can reap the wonderful benefits. The resources on this page will inspire you with examples of the exciting roles of people with disability, as well as how you can take steps to develop roles uniquely tailored to the individual.
"Helping a devalued person to find or keep a valued social role is the most important goal of any organisation or individual who cares about a devalued person or group of people." What valued social roles are, why they are important and how to assist people to have them. A 68 page handbook by Bianca Schultz and Ronda Held, published by the Better Practice project. (PDF)