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Curriculum guide - Disability

Services must be relevant and accessible for disabled children, young people and adults. All social workers need the knowledge, skills and values to contribute effectively in each setting. Students therefore need the skills to work in partnership with disabled children and adults appreciating all aspects of their identity, relationships and context. This will mean reflecting on their practice to ensure that support is accessible and identifying barriers at the organisational level which may require change. There are competing definitions of disability that vary considerably in their concern with the rights and needs of individuals (Shakespeare, 2006 (See Key Resource 8). Students will have their own experiences of disability; but their understandings – though sometimes detailed – may be narrow and include unquestioned assumptions. Students need to engage in debate about disability as a social relationship. Drawing on personal experiences, when appropriate, to identify common themes and differences can engage students and demonstrate different perspectives. This guide is informed by people’s experiences of disability recognising that needs may arise from specific physical, sensory and intellectual impairments and barriers met.