It is the mission of CRU to inspire and encourage individuals and organisations to challenge ideas and practices that limit the lives of disability. CRU draws from a variety of values-based frameworks that assist us to analyse and critically evaluate what is required to achieve full and meaningful lives for people with a disability.

We seek to develop constructive strategies and alternatives that can influence and equip others to lead positive change that overcome barriers to inclusion. These are outlined in more detail below, but they live within a broader range of frameworks that include; Social Justice, the Developmental Model, Social Model, Strengths Perspective and Community Development amongst others.

Social Role Valorisation (SRV)

Social Role Valorisation (SRV) is a cornerstone framework that influences the direction, values and beliefs of CRU at many levels. SRV was central to the formation of CRU and continues to guide its values, principles and vision.

Building on the philosophy of normalisation, American psychologist Wolf Wolfensberger developed the theory of SRV which was influential globally throughout the 1970s and 1980s during the closing of large institutions. This theory is particularly helpful in not only making sense of the societal and cultural barriers faced by people with disability, but in also offering some practical and insightful processes for overcoming them.

CRU continues to support, promote and safeguard SRV in Queensland. CRU does not hold general SRV training events in Brisbane as this is done by Values In Action Association Inc. (VIAA). CRU does, however, conduct related courses such as Optimal Individual Service Design (OISD), developed by Dr Michael Kendrick, which further encourages the promotion of SRV principles and related practice.

CRU has a number of SRV texts in our online bookstore and we hold a unique selection of SRV books and journals in our Resource Collection which can be accessed upon request.

Social Role Valorization (SRV) is defined as:

a set of approaches designed to enable devalued people in society to experience the Good Life. These approaches are best used by persons who clearly believe that devaluation of a party is wrong, and who are prepared to work to overcome this. SRV’s many strategies, derived from practical experience and from what research has revealed, is to help devalued people achieve valued social roles. It finds that this is the most powerful way to work against devaluation and its negative effects, and provides a wide variety of techniques and approaches for doing so.” (http://www.socialrolevalorization.com/)

Community Living Movement (CLM)

A loose movement of change emerged from the reforms of the 1970s and 1980s when institutions and the medical model were being replaced as the dominant responses to the needs of people with disability. Encouraging a focus on shared humanity, this movement grew as these institutions closed.

The Community Living Movement is based on the belief that people with disability have the right to participate within their communities as equal and contributing citizens. It was founded on the positive ideology that everyone, regardless of ability, has the right to live a good, typical and valued life.

This diverse movement has been shaped by the combined advocacy efforts of people in leadership roles which include people with disability, professionals and family members. Expressions of this movement include going to a regular school, having a life of meaning and purpose, having real jobs and developing friends and relationships. Also described as Social or Community Inclusion, Social Integration and Valued Social Participation it amounts to having a good, typical and valued life in the community.

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability

Signed 2007, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD) is an international treaty that recognises the human rights of people with disabilities. This treaty, of which Australia is a signatory, represents a commitment for action to secure the human rights of people with disability and to challenge ideas, practices and structures that lead to discrimination.

The guiding principles of the convention are as follows:

  1. Respect for inherent dignity, individual autonomy including the freedom to make one’s own choices, and independence of persons;
  2. Non-discrimination;
  3. Full and effective participation and inclusion in society;
  4. Respect for difference and acceptance of persons with disabilities as part of human diversity and humanity;
  5. Equality of opportunity;
  6. Accessibility;
  7. Equality between men and women;
  8. Respect for the evolving capacities of children with disabilities and respect for the right of children with disabilities to preserve their identities;

CRU is committed to the social change required to create inclusive communities in which these principles are thoughtfully enacted.