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Journal article

Rural disabled elders

Authors:
DePOY Elizabeth, GILSON Stephen French
Journal article citation:
Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 41(1/2), 2003, pp.175-190.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

Discusses the tension between nomothetic and idiographic thinking about populations, and advances a definition which embodies both. Argues that rural disabled elders are therefore a diverse set of members who both share some commonalities and are rich in their diversity and difference. To belong to this group, members must live outside of urban areas, be advanced in age and experience, and exhibit at least one atypical characteristic that carries an explanation which fits legitimate disability determination by a formal source. Advances an approach to social work practice guided by the synthesis of two ideologies, self determination and legitimacy, and informed by systematic examination and analysis of social problems that affect individuals and groups. Concludes by advancing positive and negative principles for practice.

Journal article

Discussion of disability and use of self in the classroom

Author:
GILSON Stephen French
Journal article citation:
Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 20(3/4), 2000, pp.125-136.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

As with other minorities, social work faculty with disabilities often face a dilemma of which personal experiences to discuss in the classroom and how to accomplish this to advance the teaching-learning process. This discussion of disability utilising direct narrative experiences, seeking to maximise the quality of teaching and student learning about disability while maintaining personal boundaries is both complex and exposes faculty with disabilities to some personal and professional consequence. This article integrates scholarly literature with personal reflection and narrative to explore the use of the classroom as a laboratory of evidence based inquiry and critical thinking, infused with multicultural or diversity rich material, specifically disability based discussions. Further expansion of the discussion to all minority faculty is undertaken and guidelines for faculty use of self in the classroom are advanced.

Journal article

A model of self-determination

Authors:
GILSON Stephen French, DePOY Elizabeth
Journal article citation:
Journal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation, 3(4), 2004, pp.3-17.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

Social work literature and practice are replete with reference to the concepts of self-determination, choice, empowerment, and self-advocacy. These concepts take on particular importance when considered in relation to individuals with disabilities and to the work of social work professionals with disabled individuals. However, despite a common perception that general understanding and agreement on the meaning and actualization of these concepts exists, there is significant variation among individuals and groups in how the concepts are defined and used. In this discussion the authors clarify the terms and place them in a contextual model comprised of three axes: foundation, thinking, and action. (Copies of this article are available from: Haworth Document Delivery Centre, Haworth Press Inc., 10 Alice Street, Binghamton, NY 13904-1580)

Journal article

Redefining abuse of women with disabilities: a paradox of limitation and expansion

Authors:
GILSON Stephen French, et al
Journal article citation:
Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 16(2), Summer 2001, pp.220-235.
Publisher:
Sage

This study examines the experiences of abused women with disabilities and the women's use of and need for services and resources. The study found that although disabled and non disabled women face many of the same forms of abuse, disabled women have unique experiences that require specialised services.

Journal article

Multiculturalism and disability: a critical perspective

Authors:
GILSON Stephen French, DePOY Elizabeth
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 15(2), March 2000, pp.207-218.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

This article reviews current multicultural thinking, in relation to disability and offers a critical view of the advantages and disadvantages of positioning disability within the emergent multicultural discourse. Implications for future thinking and action to promote equal opportunity and self-determination for persons with disabilities as a cultural group with a political agenda are then advanced.

Journal article

Listening to the voices of individuals with disabilities

Authors:
GILSON Stephen French, BRICOUT John C., BASKIND Frank R.
Journal article citation:
Families in Society, 79(2), March 1998, pp.188-196.
Publisher:
The Alliance for Children and Families

Discusses how social work literature, research, and practice on disabilities has lagged behind other topical areas dealing with oppressed groups. Presents a social work literature search and analysis as well as interviews with six individuals with disabilities about their experiences with social workers. Individuals with disabilities assert that they were treated as though they had categorically fewer aspirations, abilities, and perhaps even fundamental rights than did non-disabled people. Provides a base for follow-up research on models of consumer-focused social worker practice in the area of disability.

Journal article

When people with pre-existing disabilities age in place: implications for social work practice

Authors:
GILSON Stephen French, NETTING F. Ellen
Journal article citation:
Health and Social Work, 22(4), November 1997, pp.290-298.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

Focuses on a population of people with disabilities who are "ageing in place," that is, individuals ageing with pre-existing physical disabilities. A brief overview of people ageing with disabilities and selected background information on the increasing linkages between the ageing and disability communities is provided. Four case examples illustrate the practice implications faced by social workers in partnering with people with pre-existing disabilities and in being sensitive to their desires concerning ageing in place.

Journal article

Theoretical approaches to disability content in social work education

Authors:
GILSON Stephen French, DePOY Elizabeth
Journal article citation:
Journal of Social Work Education, 36(1), Winter 2002, pp.153-165.
Publisher:
Council on Social Work Education

This article presents an analysis of disability theory and content in the social work curriculum and advances a theoretically expansive approach to disability that is consistent with social work's commitment to diversity and the elimination of oppression. The authors examine the social work literature and find that disability is generally discussed and treated from a diagnostic perspective. They suggest shifting the approach to disability content in social work curricula from one that emphasizes individual deficiency to one that addresses disability as the interaction of a medical condition or diverse conditions with disabling environments.

Book

Integrating disability content in social work education: a curriculum resource

Authors:
GILSON Stephen French, et al
Publisher:
Council on Social Work Education
Publication year:
2002
Pagination:
214p, bibliogs.
Place of publication:
Alexandria, VA

This book defines disability as the interplay of diverse human conditions and environmental barriers to full community inclusion. This view of disability, receives limited attention in social work curricula. Contents include: disability rights; human behaviour and the social environment; developmental disabilities; social and health issues; intervention approaches in working with families who have children; policy issues; research.

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