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Palgrave Macmillan

Social Work Practice and Intellectual Disability

Working to Support Change

ISBN 9780230521667
Publication Date September 2011
Formats Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Practical Social Work Series

Read this book to gain an understanding of the knowledge, values and skills required for effective practice in the field of intellectual disability and the opportunities which this work offers for multidisciplinary collaboration for social change.

Social Work Practice and Intellectual Disability identifies and discusses:
■ the changing definitions of intellectual disability, also called 'learning disability'
■ the theory and practice of working with people with intellectual disabilities and their families
■ the core tasks of assessment, planning, monitoring and review
■ the values of participation and inclusion in action

Illustrated with numerous case studies, discussion points and clear explanations, this addition to the Practical Social Work Series is an indispensable resource. It is ideally suited both for the continued professional development of qualified practitioners, and for pre-qualifying students new to the area.


CHRISTINE BIGBY is Professor in the School of Social Work and Social Policy, La Trobe University, Australia. She qualified in the UK and then worked in intellectual disability services in Australia. Since 1996 she has been researching policy issues and the practice of working with people with intellectual disabilities. She is the Editor of Australian Social Work, the author of three previous books and numerous journal articles and book chapters.

PATSIE FRAWLEY has a PhD from the School of Social Work and Social Policy at La Trobe University, Australia. Patsie trained as a teacher and has worked extensively in the field of intellectual disability as a researcher, educator, policy advisor and self advocate supporter.

Understanding Intellectual Disability
The Social Problem of Intellectual Disability
Services to Support People with Intellectual Disability
Working With Individuals to Assess and Plan Support: Initial Steps
Planning, Dilemma's and Decision Making
Activism, Advocacy and Self Advocacy
Implementing Policies for Social Inclusion


'It is essential reading not only for students studying in this area, but also for the wider groups of people concerned with the well-being of those living with intellectual disabilities. It is a must for inclusion in people's libraries!'- Dr Marie Knox, Senior Lecturer, Social Work and Human Services, Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
'The book handles the historical and policy context particularly well within an approach based on social exclusion and advancing rights whilst criticising the rhetorical and loose reference to rights within government policy formulation and articulation.' Oxford Journals
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