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Wolf Wolfensberger Presentation "the History if Human Services:

Letter of Appreciation from Thomas Neuville, PhD
Associate Professor, Millersville University


Dear Colleen and Council Members;

I cannot express my gratitude enough for the work you have recently completed on the videos with Dr. Wolf Wolfensberger. The expertise, resources and wisdom required to complete this project exceeds the bounds of probability.

As you know Dr. Wolfensberger is the originator of Citizen Advocacy and Social Role Valorization, and he is the foremost propagator of normalization in North America. In 1999, Wolf Wolfensberger was selected by representatives of seven major mental retardation organizations as one of 35 parties that had been the most impactful on mental retardation worldwide in the 20th century. Yet, there existed no video image of Dr. Wolfensberger until now. The project you have completed is not simply an archiving of a critical and formative narrative it is an immense contribution to the future.

The completed project will feed the ongoing work of the Training Institute founded by Dr. Wolfensberger and inform future professionals and teachers for decades to come. This work will not lie idle as it is the material for course and curriculum development. Each module, and you know how many there are, is the basis of a teaching and facilitation guide. I can assure you the teacher candidates at Millersville University will be the recipients of your hard work. Each student they meet in the future is the ultimate beneficiary.

Your leadership and the councils wisdom have once again made a lasting contribution in the ongoing struggle for consciousness and better lives. Thank you! And please do include me in future projects as it is a privilege and a highly valued social role to be in association with you.

Warmly,

Thomas J. Neuville, PhD
Associate Professor
Millersville University
Millersville, PA

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