Human Rights of People With Disabilities
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.
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