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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Social Work with Disabled People

Edition 4th Edition
ISBN 9780230297951
Publication Date March 2012
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Practical Social Work Series

Having gone through 30 years of development, the new edition of this highly-regarded classic is the most trusted companion for understanding and promoting the potential for social work with disabled people. It offers readers a clear introduction to the core issues of disability alongside discussion and assessment of the social worker's role.

Written by an experienced and highly respected team of authors, the book reflects:
• the latest updates, developments and policy changes
• the broad range of areas needing to be understood for informed practice
• recent changes to the focus of social work education and practice
• the Social Model of Disability, encouraging debate about its role in social work
• developments for independent living
• the heightened importance of safeguarding issues, giving attention to the topical issue of disabilist hate crime.

Accessible to a broad readership and respected by disabled people themselves, this text is the foundation for effective practice.

MICHAEL OLIVER was the first Professor of Disability Studies in the United Kingdom and is currently Emeritus Professor at the University of Greenwich, UK.

BOB SAPEY is Senior Lecturer in Applied Social Science at Lancaster University, UK, where he teaches on disability and mental health.

PAM THOMAS is a Freelance Researcher and Consultant in disability equality and independent living, and Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Disability Research, Lancaster University, UK.

Introduction: Setting the Scene
Social Work and Disability: Old and New Directions
Impairment, Disability and Research
Relationships and Families
Independent Living and Personal Assistance
Independent Living: The Wider Social Policy and Legal Context
Independent Living: Vulnerability and Safeguarding
Conclusion – Future Directions.


Review of Fourth Edition: 'Students are able to engage intellectually with the social model, and this is clearly summarized throughout the chapters with explanation of the historical development. There are specific examples which enable students to start to consider the experience of disabled people. This remains a powerful text which challenges students to address issues of discrimination.' -Jackie Hughes, Senior Lecturer, University of Huddersfield, UK Previous edition review: 'The book is a 'must have' for students on post qualifying courses, practitioners and social work educators as it is an excellent tool for prompting critical reflection on practice at this level...The authors' discussion of the use of counseling in social work with disabled people is excellent.' - Pauline Noden, Social Policy and Social Work
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