Ableism in Social Work

Ableism in Social Work: Making your practice more accessible

Ableism is the faulty assumption that disabled people are not as important or as valuable as non-disabled people. While overtly negative attitudes toward people with disabilities may be rare in the social work profession, many social workers have not examined the accessibility of their own practices to people with disabilities. Beyond wheelchair ramps, we need to think broadly about the assumptions we have about disability. In this online session, Kathryn Wright, MA, MSW suggests ways that social workers can work in solidarity with people with disabilities, including ideas for how to make your practice accessible and welcoming to people with disabilities.

Ableism Learning Objective

  • Be able to define the terms disability, disablement, and ableism
  • Be informed about preferred terms and respectful language
  • Understand the key role social workers play in working against ableism in solidarity with disabled people
  • Understand the rights and legal protections for people with disabilities
  • Assess physical spaces, virtual spaces, and presentations for accessibility

Steps to complete this course:

  1. Pay for the course: The cost of the lecture with CEs is $15. The lecture is open to all licensed social work practitioners and is worth 1 Continuing Education Clock Hours. Non-Social Workers will obtain a certificate of completion. Payment must be submitted to obtain course content. Please use your computer, (not a phone), to pay. Click here to pay for this course.
  2. Complete Course: You will be sent a document containing course materials and Post-Test. Complete the directions in this document.

Pending a passing test score and payment in full, a CE certificate will be e-mailed to you within 7 to 10 business days.

Refund Policy:

If you pay for this course before completing it, you will have up to 60 days after payment to complete this course. After that, no refunds will be issued. Visit our Contact Page for more information in regards to payments.

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