How does ableism surface in the treatment of clients with disabilities?
How can you apply an intersectionality oriented perspective to the treatment of clients with disabilities?
When Kissinger (2005), a teacher at the start of a new school year, attempts to reflect on the personality of a student in a wheelchair in her classroom, she draws “a blank instead of a child with an emerging story.” This experience of unease forces Kissinger to draw on her past, in particular a negative association with the only experience she has had with an individual in a wheelchair—her grandfather. Kissinger’s discomfort begins to ease once she makes this realization, but the observation begs the question: How must she have behaved toward this student in the days before she became ready to confront her fear? Just as teachers with students, social workers must consider how their attitudes influence outward behaviors toward their colleagues and/or clients.
For this Discussion, you consider how to mentor students, employees, or supervisees in addressing ableism that might surface when treating a client with a visible or non-visible disability and how social workers would address it. You also apply an intersectionality oriented framework to treatment considerations for clients with disabilities.
By Day 3
Post a description of how you would mentor students, employees, or supervisees in working with John Hockenberry if he were referred as a client following the medical care he describes in “Public Transit.” Explain how you would help the social worker learners demonstrate support for Hockenberry as a client, as well as how they might work to earn his trust and respect. Support your response with references to the Learning Resources