Equity in social work employment: opportunity and challenge for social workers with disabilities in the United States

Lisa R. Kiesel, Sharyn Dezelar, Elizabeth Lightfoot

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Abstract

People with disabilities in the United States have had low levels of employment for decades, and the employment rate of people with disabilities remains virtually unchanged despite efforts to improve employment participation. This qualitative inquiry explored barriers and opportunities related to employment for social workers with disabilities through understanding their experiences of seeking, obtaining, and maintaining social work employment in the United States. Five themes emerged: anticipation and experience of hiring discrimination, accommodation confusion, disappointment with the social work profession, disability makes one a better social worker, and this could be different (and better). Findings suggest implications for employers and the social work profession.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1399-1418
Number of pages20
JournalDisability and Society
Volume34
Issue number9-10
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 26 2019

Keywords

  • Disability
  • accommodation
  • employment
  • social work
  • stigma

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