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.
"We are often inspired and awed by the large, life-defining roles that individuals with disabilities have achieved. I’d like to turn to smaller, more subtle roles, that are
in their own way, however, every bit as powerful, life-defining, and significant – and not only for the individuals who enter into them but also for the wider community in which they take place." A 4 page article by author Janet Klees. (PDF)
"Some of the assumed roles fitting people with an intellectual disability might include: eternal child, village idiot, arsonist, clumsy clod." In this 6 page paper, author and consultant John Armstrong writes about Social Role Valorisation and the importance of valued roles to mitigate against societal devaluation. (PDF)