Introduction to Critical Disability

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Introduction to Critical Dis/ability

Thursday, December 8th, 2022

5:30pm to 7:00pm EST


Presenter: Leah Plasse, LCSW

NASW-NYS Members: $15

NASW Other Chapter Member: $30

Non-Members: $37.5

NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Members: FREE

This workshop is approved for 1.5 continuing education credit hours for licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists and licensed psychologists

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Workshop Description
It is imperative for social workers to engage in conversations and trainings focused on dis/ability. The area of disability includes physical, mental, or developmental differences that often intersect with other identities, and impact multiple areas of peoples’ lives. For example Iin NYC, 25% of subway stations are accessible, Black and brown students are disproportionately labeled as “emotionally disturbed” on IEPs compared to white students, and only 35 percent of working-age people with dis/abilities were employed, compared with 74% of  those without dis/abilities. The presenter for this training will address key questions around dis/ability, such as: Wwhat does accessible really mean and who defines it; How does our understanding of race, gender, and class influence our understanding of ability; How do we understand power and powerlessness in the context of societal norms?  Using the tenets of critical dis/ability theory and the dis/ability justice framework, this workshop will describe dis/abilities, explore misconceptions about dis/ability, interrogate personal biases and co-create standards for more inclusive spaces and practices.


Learning Objectives

After the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Define the components of Critical Dis/Ability theory
  • Operationalize the tenets of Critical Dis/Ability theory
  • Define and operationalize the Dis/Ability Justice Framework
  • Describe ableism and its manifestation in practice

This workshop is approved for 1.5 continuing education credit hours.

NASW-NYS is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (Provider ID #0014), licensed mental health counselors (Provider ID #MHC-0053), licensed marriage and family therapists (Provider ID #MFT-0037) and licensed psychologists (Provider ID #PSY-0088).

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Leah Plasse, LCSW.  Leah (she/her) LCSW, is a white Jewish New Yorker, school social worker working with older adolescents in the South Bronx for over 10 years and an activist organizing since she was a teenager. She is invested in un/learning the multitude of ways social work upholds white supremacy and reinforces oppressive systems. Leah co-founded and facilitates the Mandated Reporters Against Mandated Reporting group and has facilitated workshops ranging from anti-racist trainings for white clinicians to abolitionist demands for equitable schools to Jews for a free Palestine. Leah Practices from an intersectional, anti-racist, anti-capitalist systems perspective that centers holistic community healing.



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December 8th, 2022 5:30 PM through  7:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
NASW-NYS Member $15.00
NASW Other Chapter Member $30.00
Non-Member $37.50
NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Member $0.00