Caroline Casey: The Social Model Of Disability

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If members of society were all the same, we would might be living in a boring world where creative ideas and perception of the world would be limited. There would be no individuality, where different ideas occurred and individual achievements to push them to their potential. However, for many, being different or ‘other’ has negative effects because of judgement, labelling, preconceptions and discrimination which often results in social stigma and oppression caused by social construction (Dominelli, 2002). This essay will discuss what structural barriers have impacted the individuals in the videos “Caroline Casey: Looking Past Limits” (TEDWoman, 2010) and “Scott Sonnon: How we suppress genius and create learning disability” (TEDx Talks, 2013). …show more content…
To argue this, Terzi (2004) outlines in her article The Social Model of Disability: A Philosophical Critique, how the possibility of certain industries can either include or further exclude and disadvantage disabled individuals from the labour market. A client such as Casey, found difficulties in having to hide her disability in the workplace for fear of being discriminated against. Similarly, practitioners could potentially limit a client’s employment opportunities by incorrectly assessing their ability and skills to perform work tasks. Preventing a client to reach their full potential goes against the code of ethics (Australian Association of Social Workers, 2010; Australian Community Workers Association, 2017), thus, people are only limited to their own abilities, not how society views their …show more content…
This essay has outlined how structural barriers has influenced ideological beliefs and values, and how labelling and stigmatising people with disabilities, thus creating social constructions and exclusions. It is imperative practitioners work with anti-oppressive and strengths based practices, while using critically reflecting methods to ensure negative bias attitudes and discrimination towards clients is eliminated. For society to break away from stigmatising and labelling people who identify with disabilities, a restructure in social construction is required to limit structural barriers who prevent disabled people with the respect and dignity that they deserve and experience

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