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Engaging Successfully with Individuals with Disabilities through an Examination of Disability Policy
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When: May 12, 2016
Where: NASW-NYC Chapter Office
50 Broadway, Suite 1001
New York, New York  10004
United States
Presenter: Joseph A. LoGiudice, LMSW

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Engaging Successfully with Individuals with Disabilities through an Examination of Disability Policy and Practice


The purpose of workshop is to learn about the forces which led to the disability rights movement and the enactments of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This workshop will also discuss important information from the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the pioneers who combated oppressive attitudes, values, and environments.  The course will focus on the intersections among social work, policy, politics, culture, and identity, with a primary goal of addressing social work’s responsibilities to the disability community.  Through the use of social media, printed materials, Socratic methods, experiential learning, and case vignettes, participants will learn about the values, attitudes, paradigms, and models that have influenced the disability community. 


  1. What is disability policy and practice?

  2. What forces led to the disability rights movement?

  3. How does social work engage with individuals with disabilities and using which frameworks (diagnostic versus social)?

  4. How do social workers reframe their paradigms and knowledge around this marginalized and stigmatize population?

  5. What theories, methods, and techniques could be beneficial with this population?

  6. Disability compliance versus social work ethics and values

  7. Intersectionality of identities

  8. Navigating systems of oppressions

  9. Disability Rights in the Twenty-First Century 

Joseph A. LoGiudice, LMSW has taught disability policy at NYU Silver School of Social Work for the past five years, a course that he developed since disability content was lacking in the social work curriculum. Mr. LoGiudice believes that social workers need grounding in this area due to the large number of the clients who are disabled.  


3 CE Contact Hours

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