March–April 2018
Supported Employment: A Three City Tour REAL WORK, REAL LIVES, AND REAL CONTRIBUTION: An exploration of what “works” in supported employment for people with developmental disabilities
Delhi: March 27, 9:30 am–4:30 pm in collaboration with Ashish Centre, Action for Autism, Cheshire Homes Delhi, and Muskaan Foundation

Delhi Supported Employment event flyer (PDF, opens new window)

Kolkata: March 30, 9:30 am–4:30 pm in collaboration with Transcendent Knowledge Society and Autism Society of West Bengal

Kolkata Supported Employment event flyer (PDF, opens new window)

Bangalore: April 3, 9:30 am–4:30 pm in collaboration with Shristi Special School, Bubbles Centre, and Seva-In-Action

Bangalore Supported Employment event flyer (PDF, opens new window)

“Real” work brings a richness and fullness to our lives in so many ways. Contributing gifts and talents, making friends, personal and professional growth opportunities, and a good reputation are all important potential benefits gained from valued work. Employment has largely been unavailable to people with significant developmental disabilities or mental health issues. New ideas and new thinking are helping us learn to make room for people with disability in the workforce, and this is an exciting area where change is brewing.

Join us for an event exploring powerful ideas and principles that can assist people with disabilities to enjoy all the benefits of authentic work roles. This workshop will explore the building blocks of effective supported and adapted employment, including the newest ideas in customized employment taking hold in many places in the world. 

Learn about the successful practice of supported employment that could be adapted for use in Indian organizations committed to inclusive work options for people with disabilities, especially developmental disabilities and mental health disorders. Building blocks will include examine job seekers’ interests, talents and relevant work conditions, performing personalized job development and job negotiation with employers, among others.  The workshop leaders, with decades of global and North American experience, appreciate the relevance of SRV as a theory of practice – designing opportunities for image and competency enhancement, analysis of service strengths and areas needing improvement, discerning preferred options, and refining the role of employee. Time for reflection on the potential application of each idea base in India, discussion of potential cultural and local adaptations, and ideas of how to weave strategy into practice will be built into the day as we think about application.

This workshop is designed for

  • Organizations and people currently involved in employment initiatives and have a genuine interest in inclusive practice and everyday lives for those with disabilities
  • Organizations with some knowledge of and interest in Social Role Valorization
  • Those with influence over employment service design and operations
  • Those working directly in the lives of people with disability

We will offer an optional second morning of discussion about application and modifications for leaders which will be discussed at the workshop.

Faculty: International experts join us for these events, Milton Tyree and Hope Leet Dittmeier. Learn more about Milton Tyree and Hope Leet Dittmeier. (PDF, opens new window)
April 11, 2018
The Power of Valued Roles: A One-Day Practical Orientation to Social Role Valorization
Venue: TBD
Time: 9:30 am–4:30 pm
Location: Cochi, Kerala, India
Collaborating Partners: Dr. Thressiakutty Thomas, GRACE Kerala, and the Kerala Association of Special Schools, The Hans Foundation, and the National Trust
Registration: Contact bsengar @

Social Role Valorization, or SRV, is a set of ideas which can contribute towards people with disability and other vulnerabilities to live full, rich, meaningful and included lives. This body of knowledge has begun to be systematically taught across India and its premises are moving the conversation and action around social, educational, vocational and physical inclusion to a new level.

Join us for this one day brief introduction to several main components that will spark you interest and give you a starting place for designing more inclusive services, using more inclusive practices, and  helping vulnerable people and their families to experience fuller, richer lives.  The concepts of social devaluation will be brought to life in a compelling way through presentation and small group work, followed by an exploration of the potential and possibilities of valued social roles as a natural pathway to the good things of Indian life. An expert teaching team, supplemented by emerging Indian leaders in SRV will engage and involve participants, as well as follow-up with future ways to deepen knowledge, study the ideas, and put them to good use in the lives of people.

The Power of Valued Roles event flyer (PDF, opens new window)
April 17–18, 2018
Creating Home: Foundations for High Quality Residential Supports for Vulnerable People (tentative)
Venue: TBD
Time: 9:30 am–5:00 pm each day
Location: Kolkata, West Bengal
Collaborating Partners: Autism Society of West Bengal, Transcendent Knowledge Society, The Hans Foundation, and the National Trust
Registration: Contact bsengar @

Creating true home for vulnerable people, especially people with intellectual and psychosocial disability, is a challenge facing families, government, organizations, and advocates. The lessons learned from western service models of group homes and institutional care yields both lessons and cautions in what we are creating here in India.

This two-day workshop examines some of the major themes in crafting home for vulnerable people. Building on some of the concepts taught and learned in Social Role Valorization, we’ll cover using the culturally valued analogue as a starting point for service design, methods to individualize support, the art of creating home, and practical analysis of the impact of the physical environment, location, size, and groupings of residential services. We’ll touch on the art of home-building, and issues of autonomy, rights management, and control.

This workshop, with a mix of presentation and practical design work, is intended for professionals, family members, leaders and emerging leaders who are currently operating residential services for people with disabilities, and wish to examine ways to improve them. It is also intended for those wishing to establish such services.  It is helpful for attendees to have exposure to the emerging Social Role Valorization theory being used in India, although it is not mandatory.

An optional pre-session will be held in the morning prior to the start of the event to orient or re-orient participants to SRV.

Faculty: This workshop will be led by Elizabeth Neuville, Director of Keystone institute India, with assisting faculty
Creating Home event flyer (PDF, opens new window)