Listening to the voices of individuals with disabilities

Stephen French Gilson, John C. Bricout, Frank R. Baskind

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Social work literature, research, and practice on disabilities has lagged behind other topical areas dealing with oppressed groups. The social work literature remains "expert focused" and generally fragmented into discussions of specific disabilities or subpopulations. A viable general model that deals with the personal experience of disability is not available. This exploratory study presents a social work literature search and analysis as well as interviews with six individuals with disabilities about their experiences with social workers. Individuals with disabilities assert that they were treated as though they had categorically fewer aspirations, abilities, and perhaps even fundamental rights than did nondisabled people. This study provides a base for follow-up research on models of consumer-focused social work practice in the area of disability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)188-196
Number of pages9
JournalFamilies in Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998


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