Social Work with People with Disabilities

1.) The ‘Activated Patient’ is one who is an avid participator in their own care, one who uses the tools they have within the community, and keeps regularly scheduled appointments. The key to creating an Activated Patient is the feeling of empowerment in a situation where they may feel they don’t have any control. One of the main goals of a social worker is for their client to feel empowered and to help them help themselves; this is certainly reflected in the ‘Activated Patient’ (Findley, 87)


2.) Social workers are trained in many theories, such as human behavior, empowerment, cultural awareness, and family relations theory which are all important factors in working with clients with chronic illnesses.” (Findley 91)

3.) There is no age range. According to Charlie Kramer, he sees people of every age and he doesn’t discriminate. He says that you never know what kind of day you’re going to have, and that’s what makes it fun.

4.) “It’s important to have a lot of tools, because if all you’ve got is a hammer, than all you’re gonna see is a nail” -Charlie Kramer


5.) Chronic Illness care cannot be reactive, it must be proactive and planned. (Findley 84)


6.) Self-management techniques have been shown to facilitate active engagement of the patient in his or her care. (Findley 87)


Findley, P. (2014). Social work practice in the chronic care model: Chronic illness and                  disability care. Journal of Social Work, 14(1), 83-95. doi:10.1177/1468017313475381

Powell, N. (2008). Swallow me whole. Marietta, GA: Top Shelf Productions.

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