Social Healing: Cultural Change as an Alternative to the Devaluation of Persons with Disabilities

  • Jeff McNair Joni and Friends
  • Ben Rhodes
Keywords: cultural change in the Christian community, social healing, social model interventions, social role valorization, Wolfensberger’s 18 wounds

Abstract

This article is a discussion of the social consequences of disability as defined by the "18 Wounds" of Wolf Wolfensberger’s (1998) Social Role Valorization theory. With this understanding the authors reflect on how social environments might alternatively respond through cultural change, thereby bringing about social healing in contrast to social wounding. Social healing counters (by preventing, stopping or attenuating) the social consequences of disability experienced by individuals with disabilities, and begins to bring about positive change through a different narrative about the value of people with disabilities enacted in daily practice.

Published
2020-03-26
How to Cite
McNair, J., & Rhodes, B. (2020). Social Healing: Cultural Change as an Alternative to the Devaluation of Persons with Disabilities. Journal of the Christian Institute on Disability, 9(1), 44-75. Retrieved from https://journal.joniandfriends.org/index.php/jcid/article/view/225