2154 Ch 11 Spring2010 - The Profession of Social Work SOWK...

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The Profession of Social Work SOWK 2154 Shari E. Miller, PhD Social Work and Services for People with Disabilities Chapter 11
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People With Disabilities 40 million people in US over age 15 (14%) have disability 24.5 million people have condition that prevents or limits ability to work
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People with Disabilities Disability Permanent physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity Congenital disorders Acquired before, during, or after birth (developmental disability) Acquired disorders occur later
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People With Mobility Disorders Mobility disability Lack of physical ability to get around and conduct life tasks; achieve physical activities in variety of alternate ways Acquired Mobility Disabilities Stroke, Muscular Dystrophy, Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Myasthenia Gravis, and Spinal Cord Injury
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Working with People with Mobility Disorders Social workers should maximize service provision and client self-determination Consumer-centered approach Accept that people know their own needs and can make intelligent decisions about services Learning about services and resources Rehabilitation, employment, health, housing, recreation, personal care, disability insurance, workers’ compensation, SSI, public assistance Advocating for clients with disabilities whenever possible
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Five Attributes of Developmental Disabilities Severe and chronic, resulting from mental or physical impairment Occurs before age 22 Likely to be permanent Results in limitations in 3 or more areas of activity: Self-care; Receptive & Expressive language; Learning; Mobility; Self-direction; Capacity for Independent Living; Economic Self- sufficiency Demonstrates need for lifelong help and services
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This note was uploaded on 09/08/2011 for the course SOWK 2154 taught by Professor Yudilevich during the Spring '08 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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2154 Ch 11 Spring2010 - The Profession of Social Work SOWK...

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