Ableism In Social Work: Working Toward Inclusion – Oct. 5, 2017 #MacroSW Chat

We’re proud to have one of our UBSSW #MSW students, Matt Schwartz, lead this chat about how social workers can more effectively support the colleagues we work beside and the students we teach who have a disability – visible or not. Reblogged from https://macrosw.com/

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By @TheMattSchwartz – Matthew L. Schwartz, #MacroSW Contributor

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The National Association of Social Workers’ slogan for its 2017 Social Work Month campaign was, “Social Workers Stand Up!”

Social Workers stand up with the words "Social workers" in red lettters on top of "stand". The 'd' in stand points up in an arrow shape- this is in green-blue letters.NASW Social Work Month 2017 logo

For me, this slogan highlighted the need to address the use of ableist language and ableism within our profession.

WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 22: U.S. Capitol Police remove protesters from in front of the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) inside the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, on June 22, 2017 in Washington, DC. Members of a group with disabilities were protesting the proposed GOP health care plan that was unveiled today. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Many social workers cannot stand up (though they can certainly advocate).

"Social Worker" is signed by a man against green background, with the words social worker superimposed. Source: Sign with Robert

Additionally, many social workers cannot speak out, though they can definitely protest using Sign Language or other means…

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