Insights: Making the invisible visible in education and practice

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Challenging social constructs, barriers and blockages to social inclusion, social cohesion, social justice, respect for diversity and human rights experienced by people living with disabilities is essential social work. This chapter presents through an auto-ethnographic investigation a critical reflection into society’s norms about deserving or undeserving – using the example of hidden disability. The chapter questions the current societal acknowledgement and perceptions of hidden disability and focuses on the constructs of 'you must see a disability to have it' or 'I walk and talk therefore I must be OK'. Critical thinking, personal experience and theoretically informed social work practice underpin this exploration.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial work
Subtitle of host publicationInnovations an insights
EditorsManohar Pawar, Wendy Bowles, Karen Bell
Place of PublicationNorth Melbourne, Vic
PublisherAustralian Scholarly Publishing
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9781925801286
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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Thomas, C., Short, M., & Barton, H. (2018). Insights: Making the invisible visible in education and practice. In M. Pawar, W. Bowles, & K. Bell (Eds.), Social work: Innovations an insights (pp. 175-187). Australian Scholarly Publishing.