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

Lisa R. Kiesel, Sharyn M DeZelar, Elizabeth B 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)
JournalDisability and Society
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StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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employment opportunity
Social Work
social worker
equity
social work
disability
Disabled Persons
profession
hiring
accommodation
employer
experience
discrimination
Social Workers
participation

Keywords

  • Disability
  • accommodation
  • employment
  • social work
  • stigma

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