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The intersection of disability, diversity, and domestic violence: results of national focus groups

Authors:
LIGHTFOOT Elizabeth, WILLIAMS Oliver
Journal article citation:
Journal of Aggression Maltreatment and Trauma, 18(2), March 2009, pp.133-152.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis

Data from two national focus groups of 19 key informants (service providers and advocates) are used to explore issues faced by people with physical and sensory disabilities (primarily deafness) in accessing domestic violence services, with particular emphasis on those from minority ethnic groups. The study also looks at the preferences of people of colour when accessing such services, and assesses the cultural competence, disability awareness and domestic violence awareness of domestic violence service providers and disability organisations.

Journal article

Universal Instructional Design: a new framework for accommodating students in social work courses

Authors:
LIGHTFOOT Elizabeth, GIBSON Priscilla
Journal article citation:
Journal of Social Work Education, 41(2), Summer 2005, pp.269-277.
Publisher:
Council on Social Work Education

This article provides an analysis of the current methods of accommodating students with disabilities in social work education and presents a new framework for providing universal access to all students in social work education: Universal Instructional Design (UID).  UID goes beyond adapting already developed social work curricula to fit the needs of an individual student with a disabillity, to building in accommodations in the front-end of curriculum design that promote a more inclusive environment for all students.  The 4 components of UID are discussed, along with the challenges to it implementation.

Journal article

A comparative study of social policy transfer: the adoption of anti-discrimination policy in the United Kingdom and Australia

Author:
LIGHTFOOT Elizabeth
Journal article citation:
Social Policy Journal, 1(4), 2002, pp.5-21.
Publisher:
Haworth Press
Place of publication:
Binghamton, New York

Both the United Kingdom and Australia engaged in social policy transfer of anti-discrimination policy for people with disabilities in the 1990s with the adoption of new legislation whose structure and approach originated in the United States a decade earlier. This paper focuses on the extent of the convergence of disability policies between each country and the USA, and the variables that affected social policy transfer in each nation. By using a comparative approach, this paper allows for a better understanding of the processes and constraints involved in transferring social policy across nations. (Copies of this article are available from: Haworth Document Delivery Centre Haworth Press Inc., 10 Alice Street Binghamton, NY 13904-1580)

Journal article

Community-based rehabilitation: a rapidly growing growing method for supporting people with disabilities

Author:
LIGHTFOOT Elizabeth
Journal article citation:
International Social Work, 47(4), October 2004, pp.455-468.
Publisher:
Sage

Community-based rehabilitation (CBR) is a fast-growing model of providing services to people with disabilities. This article introduces the underlying philosophy and structure of the CBR model; the strengths and weaknesses of the model; and its implications for social workers in the field of disability services throughout the world.

Journal article

Critical issues in researching domestic violence among people of color with disabilities

Authors:
LIGHTFOOT Elizabeth, WILILAMS Oliver
Journal article citation:
Journal of Aggression Maltreatment and Trauma, 18(2), March 2009, pp.200-219.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis

Data for this study were collected from two focus groups involving 19 domestic violence service providers and advocates. Broad research themes identified by participants included: the need to involve deaf and other disabled research participants in the research process; the need to avoid re-victimising survivors of abuse; the need for researchers to be aware of deaf and disability cultures; and the importance of avoiding cultural, racial or ethnic assumptions. Potential research topics included: basic data gathering on the prevalence of domestic violence among people of colour with disabilities; in-depth needs assessment regarding appropriate services; cost-effectiveness analysis of existing services; development of best practice guidelines; and exploration of service accessibility issues. The recruitment of research participants and issues of communication and confidentiality are also discussed.

Journal article

Accessibility in rural social service agencies: agency perspectives on the Americans with Disabilities Acts

Author:
LIGHTFOOT Elizabeth
Journal article citation:
Journal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation, 2(1), 2003, pp.41-56.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

This study explores the degree that social service agencies are aware of the ADA, the degree that agencies perceive they comply with the ADA, and the barriers these agencies face in making their services accessible. The directors of 28 randomly selected rural social service agencies in a midwestern state completed semi-structured telephone interviews. Interviews explored respondent's knowledge of the ADA, barriers rural agencies face in providing accessible services, types of accommodations they have made and degree of fit between the ADA and rural agencies. The findings suggest that while the ADA is not a significant burden for rural agencies, there is a need for enhanced training and outreach. (Copies of this article are available from: Haworth Document Delivery Centre Haworth Press Inc., 10 Alice Street Binghamton, NY 13904-1580)

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