Challenges, Barriers, and Opportunities: Social Workers With Disabilities and Experiences in Field Education

Lisa R. Kiesel, Sharyn M DeZelar, Elizabeth Lightfoot

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of social work students with disabilities in field education. This qualitative inquiry used semistructured interviews exploring inclusion and accommodations in field education. The 15 participants were graduates of accredited BSW or MSW programs and reported one to five disabilities each. Four themes emerged: different experiences with visible versus invisible disability, confusion about accommodation, field as a learning opportunity regarding disability, and a sense of isolation being a social worker with a disability. This study provides information valuable to social work educators and field instructors regarding strategies for improving opportunities for students with disabilities as future social workers, aligning with the mission and values of the social work profession.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)696-708
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Social Work Education
Volume54
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2 2018

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