About

Rooted in the tradition of anti-oppressive social work practice, this blog focuses on the support of people with disabilities as opposed to the “servicing of” and “doing for” people with disabilities. Intended as a place for reflective practitioners to share their struggles, views and innovations, this blog is also a clearinghouse for information and perspectives relevant to anti-oppressive social work practice with people with disabilities at the micro and macro levels.

Anti-oppressive practice has taken root in social work as an effort to raise social justice commitments in the profession, and to improve outcomes for those it serves.  Simply put, anti-oppressive practice is designed “to minimize power hierarchies, by assisting to build the power of those who hold a marginalized identity and/or reducing the unfair power of those of privileged status.”

This blog is rooted in the tradition of anti-oppressive social work practice and focuses on the support of people with disabilities as opposed to the “servicing of” and “doing for” people with disabilities.

This blog is intended as a place for reflective practitioners to share their views – and it is intended as clearinghouse for information and perspectives relevant to anti-oppressive social work practice with people with disabilities.

This website aims to:

  1. Create a space for social workers to reflect on their practice with people with disabilities in an effort to engage in anti-oppressive practice.
  2. Promote dialogue about approaches to social work practice with people with disabilities that stay true to the following principles and ideas as they relate to anti-oppressive practice with people with disabilities:

Respecting self-determination

Honoring “nothing about us without us”

Sitting with the “dignity of risk”

Fostering “circles of support”

Promoting community inclusion

Much of the content from this blog is derived from material prepared by MSW students for Dr. Elspeth Slayter’s course “Social Work Practice with People with Disabilities” at Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts.  This blog is syndicated by www.socialworkhelper.com.

This website is maintained by Dr. Elspeth Slayter, an Associate Professor of Social Work at Salem State University and a disability services researcher with expertise related to addictions, child welfare and criminal justice.  Dr. Slayter identifies as a person with a disability and can be reached at eslayter@salemstate.edu. For more information on Dr. Slayter, please visit her blog.

This website’s icon was created by The Accessible Icon Project – which “is operated by people with disabilities and their allies and is a partnership run in Boston at Triangle, Inc., a non-profit education and employment center for adults with disabilities. The icon has always been free for use in the public domain.”