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Social Work and Social DevelopmentTheories and Skills for Developmental Social Work$
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James Midgley and Amy Conley

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199732326

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732326.001.0001

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Developmental Social Work and People with Disabilities

Developmental Social Work and People with Disabilities

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This chapter discusses what has been called the rights-based, developmental approach to social work with people with disabilities. Drawing on social development ideas, the chapter focuses on the campaigns of the disability rights movement to normalize the lives of people with disabilities and to ensure their integration into economic, cultural and political activities. It emphasizes three aspects of the right based developmental approach, namely: the emergence and institutionalization of disability rights; the mainstreaming of people with disabilities into community living; and finally their engagement in the productive economy. Referring to statistical data and case examples, it shows that much more needs to be done to implement the rights based developmental approach. In addition, outmoded “expert” and medical approaches still exert considerable influence and need to be challenged.

Keywords:   independent living, rights-based approach, disability, social work, social development

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