6 Ways Social Workers Serve Those with Disabilities by Emily Panganiban

  1. Social workers can create better conditions for those with developmental disabilities by working on policy making and lobbying.(DiNitto & McNeece, 2008)
  2. They an provide counseling to the family members of people with a developmental disability. It can be tough for a parent to see their child not reaching developmental milestones—social workers can help them and other family members cope with their feelings as they go through hardships.(DiNitto & McNeece, 2008)r2pozyrxb9umi via giphy
  3. Assist elderly people who are still caring for their adult children. As people with developmental disabilities grow older, so do their caretakers. Eventually caretakers may also need assistance in their daily lives and this makes it difficult for them to take care of their adult children.(DiNitto & McNeece, 2008)
  4. Social workers working on a mezzo level can give consultation on how to accommodate programs for people with a developmental disability. Accommodations made to programs and services usually easily accessible to those without a developmental disability can greatly improve the quality of life for those with a disability. (DiNitto & McNeece, 2008)                   rxv5270gniqrevia giphy1nudusylnwm8ovia giphy
  5. Social workers can also be consulted on how a community residence for people with intellectual disabilities can be opened.(DiNitto & McNeece, 2008)
  6. Social workers can research disabilities. Especially as people with disabilities are living longer, it’s important for research to be done to learn more in order to improve their quality of life.(DiNitto & McNeece, 2008)   xjygxkxa9gfay via giphy



DiNitto, D., & McNeece, C. (2008). Social work: Issues and opportunities in a challenging profession (3rd ed.). Chicago, IL: Lyceum Books.

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