Category Archive: Youth

Disparities in service referrals for psychosocial needs by U.S. child protection caseworkers in practice with parents with intellectual disabilities

That parents with intellectual disabilities are noted to have risk factors for child protection involvement as well as disproportionate rates of involvement in that system is well documented. Whether this is truly warranted is… Continue reading

Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Day is for disabled people too!

Today is Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Day across Canada and a few other countries.  Thisis an especially important day this year given the rise of the #MeToo movement. Designed to bring about awareness… Continue reading

If disability rights are civil rights, why is the House of Representatives debating harmful reforms to the Americans with Disabilities Act?

Many social workers I interact with express the idea that the civil rights of disabled people were taken care of with the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). In… Continue reading

Language is power: Two things social workers need to know for practice with disabled people

Did you know that over one fifth of the United States population has an impairment that leads to a disability? Given this, social workers are bound to engage in practice with disabled people… Continue reading

How “Bachelor in Paradise” can inform social workers about practice with young Black men

You may be asking what a pulpy reality television show about finding a partner could possibly have to contribute to informing social work practice? This season, the “Bachelor” franchise has taken on the topic… Continue reading

Revisiting classroom laptop bans from the intersections of disability, race & ethnicity

I don’t know about you, but I find my students’ use of laptops in the classroom to be a distraction. I really don’t like it. However, there’s more to the story than me,… Continue reading

A teacher’s response to Charlottesville from a disability perspective

I am currently teaching a course on social work practice with people with disabilities.  The course uses an intersectional lens, acknowledging the fact that people have many intersecting social identities that can result… Continue reading

Soliciting feedback on talk about impact of Trump administration on people with disabilities

I’m looking forward to giving at talk on the potential impact of the Trump administration on disability policy and people with disabilities in general.  I’ve drawn on the expertise of these disability experts and colleagues:… Continue reading

Sharing reflections on U.S. and Russian child welfare and disability services with my graduate students

Recently, I have been wrapping up my Social Expertise Exchange grant from the Eurasia Foundation.  This grant allowed me to engage in an exchange with a Russian colleague who was also interested in youth… Continue reading

Supporting people with disabilities in the U.S. and the Russian Federation: A roundtable from the Eurasia Foundation

We’ve all heard the phrase “great minds think alike,” but this morning’s disability initiatives roundtable sponsored by the Eurasia Foundation’s U.S.-Russia Social Expertise Exchange really blew my mind. I was honored to participate… Continue reading

My comments on disability civil rights highlighted in national NASW News

  I am honored to have been interviewed for an article on disability social work for the national NASW News.  Please see the entire article at this link.  Here is an outtake from… Continue reading

Bringing Vygotsky’s theories to life: A visit to the Center for Curative Pedagogics (центр гечебной педагогики)

  The spirit of Lev Vygotsky’s theory about cultural-historical psychology lives on in a vibrant community center for youth with a range of disabilities in Moscow, Russia.  I had the honor of visiting… Continue reading

On mentoring students with disabilities: A consultation with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Moscow (Старшие Братья Старшие Сестры России)

Nastavniki, otherwise known as Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Moscow, is an organization specializing in mentoring young people in the child welfare system – including young people with disabilities.  As I understand it,… Continue reading

Практики, основанные на доказательствах, и оценка программ (On evidence-based practice as a process involving program evaluation)

  On Friday, January 20, 2017, I presented a lecture introducing the social work concept of evidence-based practice as a process that includes program evaluation.  This lecture was presented to the social work… Continue reading

Переосмысливая отношение к людям с ограниченными возможностями: для программ наставничества и социальных проектов (Reframing disability: A training for social workers and mentors)

In this training, presented in Russian (transcript below), I argue that people with disabilities need to be seen in a different light – a more empowering light.  In both the United States and… Continue reading

A family village centered around children with disabilities

My Russian child welfare colleagues are experimenting with a number of different models designed to support children with disabilities in stable family placements.  Today, I visited one of these experimental models, a family… Continue reading

Universal design in action: A school for students with disabilities

The concept of universal design is based on the idea that the production of buildings, products and environments that are inherently accessible to all – regardless of disability – is a best practice.… Continue reading

Social work bridging cultures: A visit to the Russian New University

As a social work educator, I have been particularly curious about the nature of social work education in the Russian Federation.  Therefore, I was thrilled to receive an invitation – facilitated by the… Continue reading

Reframing disability: A visit to Downside Up in Moscow, Russia

While Russia may face a stereotype that people with disabilities are stigmatized, this does not mean that there is a dearth of social change agents actively working to re-frame the status of this population… Continue reading

An easy bridge to build for supporting children with disabilities in Russia and the United States

As I arrived in Moscow for the first time in 33 years, I wondered what kind of bridge I might need to build between me and my new colleagues.  We were all interested… Continue reading

Grant received to study youth with disabilities in U.S., Russian Federation child welfare system

Social Support of Citizens:Youth with Disabilities in the Child Welfare System in the United States and the Russian Federation Dr. Elspeth Slayter was awarded a grant from the Eurasia Foundation to consult with… Continue reading

Statistical overview of youth with disabilities in the U.S. child welfare system

Excited that my new work on youth with disabilities in the child welfare system is coming out  in the Children and Youth Services Review – available for free until 5/5/2016 at this link. … Continue reading

Gender disparities in access to substance use treatment for people with intellectual disabilities

Finally, the last of my dissertation work is out, and it is probably my favorite paper as it addresses gender and disability-related disparities in access to substance use treatment for people with intellectual… Continue reading

Child welfare practice with immigrant families: The effects of fear

My colleague Katrin Kriz and I have a new paper out on the challenges of child welfare practice with immigrant families. This study analyzes child protection workers’ perceptions of the causes of immigrant families’… Continue reading

Risk factors for child maltreatment among parents with disabilities

New work coming out in Children and Youth Services Review with my colleague, Elizabeth Lightfoot at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work…here is the abstract, but you can see the official… Continue reading

#DirenTurkiye: The Karagoz Puppets provide a socio-historical cheat-sheet for what led to #OccupyGezi

Originally posted on Slowly-by-Slowly:
The trees in Gezi Parki were really the tip of the iceberg – or the straw that broke the camel’s back about things a large segment of Turks were…

Beyond the #OccupyGezi hashtag in one Turkish-American household

Originally posted on Slowly-by-Slowly:
Slowly, American folks around us have started to tune in to what is happening in Turkey. Some have caught on to this on Twitter via the hashtag #OccupyGezi, referring…

My response to the National Council on Disability’s (wonderful) new report on parents with disabilities

Earlier this morning, the National Council on Disability (NCD) co-sponsored a congressional briefing on ensuring the rights of parents with disabilities. Co-sponsors included the American Psychological Association, the National Association of Social Workers and the… Continue reading

On transitional-aged youth: Of brain science and juvenile justice

This is the second post in a series exploring the social policy and human services needs of transitional-aged youth.  You can see the other two posts in this series by clicking here. As… Continue reading

On the “transitional-aged youth” concept

There is a growing consensus amongst youth services practitioners and scholars that the line between youth and adulthood is more demarcated than it might be when it comes to the way our social… Continue reading

Community-based participatory research project on youth with developmental disabilities

Building on a two-year partnership with my colleague Beth Flanzbaum at YOU, Inc., I am starting to work on a new community-based participatory research project entitled “Developing best practices for clinical work with… Continue reading

Qualitative research on child protection practice and child sexual exploitation

Over the past year, three graduate students from my applied research course (Ellen Calhoun, Melissa Geoffroy and Dominique Gutierrez) designed a qualitative research project to learn more about the experiences of child protection workers engaged… Continue reading