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Date(s) - January 6, 2021 - January 11, 2021
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Co-sponsors: Southern Ontario Training Group (SOTG) & Community Living Ontario (CLO)

Dates and Times: Three sessions, each two and half hours in length, offered on Zoom: Wednesday, January 6, 2021, Friday, January 8, 2021, Monday, January 11, 2021. All sessions are from  1:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

Workshop Content: Covid-19 impacts different groups of people in very different ways. For some it has been, for the most part, an inconvenience. For others, it has been nothing short of catastrophic. No group has been harder hit than those living in Long Term Care facilities, where thousands have became ill and many have died sad and lonely deaths.  Other groups of people have also suffered greatly, for example, those who are old, poor, homeless, new immigrants, or have a disability. Not surprisingly, those who were members of marginalized and devalued groups before Covid-19 are the ones who, by and large, have been hardest hit. Being devalued invariably puts people at greater risk of all kinds of bad things happening to them. The greater the devaluation, the greater the risk. This phenomenon is not specific to Covid -19. Given that this is so, what can be done that will make a positive difference to the lives of those who are devalued?

This three session series, each session of which is two and half hours long, is designed to give participants a brief introduction to a theoretical perspective, Social Role Valorization (SRV). SRV is a powerful theory about the relationship between the way people are perceived by others and the way they are treated in society. SRV has much to say about devaluation and how to address it. While the focus of the workshop will be primarily on those who are old and/or have a disability, the concepts that are discussed are relevant to all those who are devalued, regardless of the circumstances that have led to that devaluation.The workshop explores the universality of devaluation, the disadvantage experienced by those who are devalued, the process by which devaluation occurs, and how devaluation might be addressed. Participants should note that within the short time available to us, we cannot provide the kind of comprehensive overview of SRV that one receives in the full four-day SRV workshops that the SOTG offers. However, we are confident that you will find the content of this workshop thought provoking and useful.

Format:  Lectures (with extensive use of slides), and discussion. Given the interrelatedness of the three sessions and the small number of people we can accommodate, we ask that you not register if you will be unable to attend all  the sessions.

Who should attend:   Family members, older and/or disabled people, friends, advocates, service providers, teachers, policymakers, anyone who is troubled by the way things are for themselves or someone they care about, and those who are curious about SRV or want a brief refresher.

Registration fee:  $75

We do not want anyone to miss this workshop due to cost and can provide subsidies to those who require one.  For further information about the workshop and/or to request a subsidy, please contact Judith Sandys at

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