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    Social Work Practice and Disability Communities: An Intersectional Anti-Oppressive Approach

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    Elspeth Slayter, Salem State University

    Lisa Johnson, Salem State University

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    Last Update: 2024

    Publisher: ROTEL

    Language: English

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    Reviewed by Kristina Chudy, Senior Lecturer, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on 5/22/24

    This textbook provides a very comprehensive and in-depth examination of social work practice with the disability community. The text provides thorough information and discussion across many topics, including information on prevalence of... read more

    Table of Contents

    • Introduction
    • Chapter 1 - Disability Social Work Concepts and Principles
    • Chapter 2 - A Model for Social Work Practice with Disability Communities: Connecting Critical
    • Chapter 3 - Major Disability Policies in the United States
    • Chapter 4 - Health and Personal Care Services for the Disability Community
    • Chapter 5 - Disability Justice in Education and Transition to Adulthood
    • Chapter 6 - An Overview of Disabled Children and Parents in the Family Policing System
    • Chapter 7 - Gender, Gender Identity, Gender Expression, and Disability
    • Chapter 8 - Sexual Orientation, Sexuality, and the Disability Community
    • Chapter 9 - Mental Health and Addictions in Disability Communities
    • Chapter 10 - Employment, Housing, Poverty and the Disability Community
    • Chapter 11 - Disability and the Criminal Legal System
    • Chapter 12 - Aging, End-of-Life, and the Disability Community
    • Chapter 13 - Violence Against People with Disabilities: Implications for Practice
    • Chapter 14 - An Intersectional Analysis of Disability Resistance Movements: Looking Back to Look Forward
    • Chapter Authour Biographies
    • Grant Information

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    About the Book

    Designed as a main textbook for social work courses at the bachelor’s and master’s level or for social work practitioners in the field, this work moves beyond a traditional medicalized and segregated approach (i.e., chapters organized around impairments) to the exploration of disability-specific populations, instead taking a more intersectional approach in discussing specific service areas and practice issues while weaving in stories about the lived experiences of disabled people with a range of social identities. These issues include parenting, mass incarceration, ableism, aging, and employment, among many others.

    A key goal of this book is to introduce an intersectionality-informed and critically culturally competent approach to anti-oppressive social work practice with disabled people, primarily in the United States. To do this, we present an innovative practice model for social workers to use in their work with disabled people and communities, which is incorporated throughout the book in a variety of practice considerations. The main themes woven throughout our practice model are intersectionality theory, critical cultural competence, and anti-oppressive practice.

    About the Contributors


    Dr. Elspeth Slayter is a Professor in the School of Social Work who does disability services research related to addictions and child welfare. She teaches social welfare policy, research, evaluation, field, disability practice and forensic social work courses at Salem State since 2005. Dr. Slayter coordinates the School of Social Work’s Certificate on Equity-Minded Practice, a partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. Dr. Slayter is the co-founder of #SWEduActs, a national group focused on anti-racist practice in social work education. Dr. Slayter also co-facilitates the NASW-MA Disability Justice Shared Interest Group.

    Dr. Lisa Johnson has practiced in both the child welfare and healthcare fields and has worked with complex systems for non-profit development and community organizing. Her research and scholarship interests encompass child welfare; diversity, equity, and social justice; workforce development; disability studies, and social work education.

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