A Quarter-Century of Normalization and Social Role by Robert J. Flynn, Raymond Lemay

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By Robert J. Flynn, Raymond Lemay

During the past due Sixties, Normalization and Social function Valorization (SRV) enabled the common emergence of group residential recommendations after which supplied the philosophical weather during which academic integration, supported employment, and neighborhood participation have been in a position to take company root. This e-book is exclusive in tracing the evolution and impression of Normalization and SRV over the past quarter-century, with some of the bankruptcy authors in my view serious about a still-evolving foreign movement.

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Except for my chapter in Changing Patterns—which, I was recently told, was printed in 200,000 copies—and for two magazines and one book, my papers have been samisdats— underground papers for friends, interested colleagues, or students, disseminated to the extent that I had the opportunities or resources to do so. Only two of my papers have been translated into Swedish. I developed the principle during my work for the Swedish Association for the Developmentally Disturbed (FUB), where, in 1961,1 first learned about and experienced the situations of intellectually disabled persons and their families.

Some of the pedagogical insights leading to this approach to group dynamics were furnished by prisoners of war. Some Norwegian professors held in a Nazi prison in Oslo had challenged each other to present short lectures when they had occasions to sit together, as lecturing is what professors normally do. " Similarly, British airmen in prisoner-of-war camps had insisted on having their normal five o'clock tea ritual—without cups, tea, or scones—in spite of the guards. Doing normal things in groups in adverse circumstances fortifies the individual, such as leaving the mental institution for a fishing expedition, to take a well-known example.

He enjoyed writing and was also an inspirational and creative programmer of the many annual conferences for the various groups of professionals. Bank-Mikkelsen was in charge of the Danish institutions, and Grunewald was the sharp inspector of county services in Sweden. Although their roles were different, they shared the same approach toward community services. As the FUB ombudsman, I worked very closely and enjoyably with Grunewald. I often knew about his inspection reports in advance and could prepare the FUB people in the county concerned.

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