This paper will present a summary on two reviewed peer journals on social work. Firstly, the paper will highlight the studies about the social work practice with people who are disabled in the era of disability rights, and secondly on the issue of fostering children who have disabilities.
Practice in the era of disability rights by Richard and Samuel
Disability refers to rights and freedoms that are accorded to persons who live with physical or mental challenges in the society, and hence promoting their recognition and appreciation. According to Richard and Samuel (2001), persons with disabilities have inferior complexities of themselves, despite the era of their rights; they still feel they are not up to the task for opportunities and equal treatment. There are three important areas that social workers can embrace to achieve full integration of persons with disabilities in social work, such efforts include provision of information on the available rights and their applicability (Richard and Samuel, 2001).
Richard and Samuel argue that persons with disabilities can be provided with orientations toward their significant role of being active and involved in decision making rather than being passive services receivers (Richard and Samuel, 2001). It will make them realize that they need to concentrate on taking part to provide solutions to their own goals and wishes as persons with opportunities and above all, capacity to understand their goals. They should also receive orientation toward self-determination and independence, so as to be capable of trusting their decisions. And finally, orientation toward technology, in educating them and advocating for the adoption of complex technological advancement, rather than just simple technology (Richard and Samuel, 2001).
In conclusion, Richard and Samuel (2001) provides a framework that will help incorporate persons with disabilities in social work by expanding their options, making them effective professionals and increasing their awareness about the available policies that can improve their conditions. It is relevant in promoting social work practice and positive implications on their well-being (Richard and Samuel, 2001).
Fostering children with disabilities by Jason Brown
A fostering parent is a person who assumes the roles of a parent in an artificial set up without adopting the child. Therefore, a social worker takes place of a natural guardian but legally having not assumed full responsibility on the child. According to Jason (2010), foster parents are faced with many challenges in handling children with disabilities based on the circumstances and conditions.
James (2010) remarks that the aspects of over-representation of disabled children in legal matters and other social forums by both government and non-government agencies do not actually solve the children’s problems but rather drastically contribute toward their conditions being worsened. He further explains that foster parents face major concerns such as the realization that these children are being excluded from social work activities, learning to appreciate them as individuals, lack of the right training on how to handle them, dealing with professionals, and accessing the needful breaks as they may need (James, 2010).
In this regard, efforts to provide foster parents with the best type of education, skills on how to handle the professionals involved in day to day welfare of disabled children, allowing them to go for breaks and bond with their families are important. It helps them to appreciate the disabled children as individuals. Hence, they will go a long way to promote the welfare of disabled children in social work activities rather than over-representations (James, 2010). Therefore, these efforts will achieve positive implications and results that are relevant to the objectives of social work practice.