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Handbook of International Social WorkHuman Rights, Development, and the Global Profession$
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Lynne M. Healy and Rosemary J. Link

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195333619

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333619.001.0001

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Human Rights of People With Disabilities

Human Rights of People With Disabilities

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(p.459) 69 Human Rights of People With Disabilities
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Handbook of International Social Work
Author(s):

Gunn Strand Hutchinson

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333619.003.0069

Social work with people with disabilities has not been a focus in professional qualifying courses in social work; professional work with people with disabilities has mainly been seen as a paramedical undertaking. Traditionally the major task in social work has been seen as matching services to assessed need. Little attention has been paid to the barriers facing people with disabilities, the surmounting of those barriers, and the question of the rights of people with disabilities as citizens. This chapter presents an approach to social work based on human rights with a focus on societal barriers and individual needs and dreams. It proposes action in three main categories: supporting individuals in daily living, supporting individuals and groups connecting to services, and changing societal barriers that exclude and discriminate people with disabilities.

Keywords:   social work practice, disabilities, social work education, human rights

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