Jo Massarelli

Societal Devaluation and Valued Roles as a Response This presentation…


Societal Devaluation and Valued Roles as a Response

This presentation describes the issue of devaluation and how it impacts people with impairments. It goes on to offer the response of a social role valorization approach to assist devalued people to live a more typical life. The SRV approach will be illustrated with a focus on how valued social roles can make a positive difference attaining some of the good things of life.


Jo Massarelli is Director of the SRV Implementation Project based in Massachusetts (USA), a human service training and consultation initiative dedicated to the work of Wolf Wolfensberger. She divides her time between teaching Social Role Valorization workshops and related topics, and working to effect positive change for individuals and agencies through direct service and consultation. She has taught workshops across North America, and in Ireland, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

She has a particular interest in what makes people vulnerable in medical settings, teaching advocacy focused on defending devalued people in hospitals, on medical decision-making, and on a critique of the “quality of life” ideology that dominates contemporary medical practice.

She and her husband Marc Tumeinski are part of an intentional community in downtown Worcester, Massachusetts, aimed at addressing the needs of homeless people.

Jo Massarelli has been an associate of Dr.Wolfensberger’s Training Institute in Syracuse, New York since 1983.

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Tuesday, October 12 9:00 AM CDT - 12:00 PM CDT