Transformation in the Lives of People with Disability

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“It Always Seems Impossible Until It’s Done!” - Nelson Mandela By Chitra Paul, advocate, co-editor of Talking Fingers, SRV Leader, Tarun’s mother And Tarun Paul Mathew, student, writer, thinker, self-advocate, and co-author of the new book Talking Fingers and Chitra’s son.
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This is me
What’s behind a minor miracle? By Betsy Neuville Sometimes, the right circumstances arise to create a powerful moment of growth and a poignant recognition of identity and personhood. For deeply wounded and devalued people, oftentimes their identity gets reduced to an impairment, or the person is simply seen as a part of a group of...
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Opportunity, Possibility, and a Powerful Role By Dr. Naval Pant, parent, co-founder-PYSSUM, SRV leader Social Role Valorization (SRV) teaches us about the power of valued social roles and how such roles contribute to giving people access to the good things of life. One of those good things of life is a strong self-image and a...
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shared vision
The Long Walk to Belong By Geeta Mondol and S Ramanathan Vision combined with action can spearhead transformational change that may seem impossible. Timaben was a resident of a state mental health institution – she ended up there somehow, when she got separated from her family, and somehow reached a place far away from where...
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Shabnam's drawing
Communication Clarified Shabnam Rahman is a rehabilitation psychologist at Crystal Minds, Kolkata and believes in co-creating safe spaces with people to explore preferred identities, possibilities, and hope through meaningful experiences. As an SRV leader she incorporates the ideas of Social Role Valorization into her clinical work. She shares this story with permission from the family....
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Sanjana as soapmaker
Beyond Happy By Amee Nagraj, advocate, SRV leader, and Sanjana’s mother “A happy experience always snowballs into something more.” - Amee Nagraj
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persistence
“A bend in the road is not the end of the road…unless you fail to make the turn.” - Helen Keller This is a story of hope and persistence. This is the story of a woman called Mani.
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Valued Roles Matter
The famous singer Bob Marley once said, “You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice.”
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Jumping in Light
The Conservatism Corollary to Social Role Valorization states: The more vulnerable a person is the greater the need for positive compensation—even “bending over backwards”—to balance the vulnerability or devaluation and prevent additional wounds. The potential for positive impact is also higher.
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When a child has a diagnosis we see a shift in the mindset – the family’s dreams and hopes shrink, and stereotypical past life experiences take center stage and disability becomes the nucleus. Navigating the maze of this new area of disability becomes the primary focus and somewhere the vision for the child gets blurred...
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