Employment and Empowerment of People with Disabilities

A Social Development Perspective
  • Creigs Beverly
  • Ann Rosegrant Alvarez
Part of the Plenum Series in Rehablititation and Health book series (SSRH)


In conclusion, it is clear that people who are physically and mentally challenged in the United States and the world in general—people with disabilities—continue to experience the effects of discrimination, stigmatization, and oppression (Cole, Christ, & Light, 1995; Kopels, 1995). These effects persist in the United States even after the passage of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the case law that has resulted from these statutes (Cole et al., 1995). Globally, they persist in contradiction to principles expressed and espoused by world leaders in many contexts.

The result diminishes the potential and the lives of those with and without disabilities, through literal expenditures and through egregious waste of human capital. A social development approach has much to offer, both in terms of a perspective and by providing concrete examples of how employment opportunities, education, and social services can be combined to create options for those who have been challenged by disabilities, and limited and oppressed by others’ perceptions of them.


Social Work Social Development Credit Union Disable Person Gainful Employment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Creigs Beverly
    • 1
  • Ann Rosegrant Alvarez
    • 1
  1. 1.Wayne State University School of Social WorkDetroit

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