Critical Disability: Disability Justice and Applications to Social Work Practice

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Critical Disability: Disability Justice and Applications to Social Work Practice

Tuesday, December 12th, 2023

9:30am to 12:00pm ET


Presenter: Leah Plasse, LCSW

NASW-NYS Members:$25

NASW Other Chapter Member (Including NYC): $50

Non-Members: $62.50

NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Members: FREE

This workshop is approved for 2.5 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
In NYC, 25% of subway stations are accessible, Black and brown students are disproportionately labeled as “emotionally disturbed” 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. What does accessible really mean and who defines it? How does  race, gender, and class influence understandings of ability?  How is power and powerlessness understood 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/ability and its misconceptions and interrogate biases surrounding dis/ability. In addition, the presenter will describe ways to co-create inclusive spaces and practices through case studies and group exercises.


Learning Objectives

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

1. Define and operationalize the tenets of Critical Dis/Ability Theory

2. Define and operationalize the Dis/Ability Justice Framework

3. Define and understand ableism and its intersectionality

4. Identify ways to utilize and apply presented theories in practice.


This workshop is approved for 2.5 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 for over 12 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 dis/ability justice trainings. Leah practices from an intersectional, anti-racist, anti-capitalist systems perspective that centers holistic community healing.



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December 12th, 2023 from  9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
NASW-NYS Member $25.00
NASW Other Chapter Member (Including NYC) $50.00
Non-Member $62.50
NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Member $0.00