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Developmental Disabilities

People with developmental disabilities such as mental retardation, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and other conditions may at some point seek social services.  The goal of the social worker in this environment is to link clients and their families to the appropriate services that support full participation in society.  This is usually accomplished through an interdisciplinary team that includes other professionals.  
Social workers also help parents of children with developmental disabilities understand their legal rights.  They help parents learn to be advocates and find special services that enable their children to be as independent as possible.  Social workers may work with individuals or groups as well as provide counseling for families.  Often, the intervention and services that social workers provide to people with disabilities can mean the difference between mere survival and the satisfaction of a productive, fulfilling life.

Potential Employers:
•  State and local agencies
•  Medical facilities
•  Schools
•  Employment and community services
•  Social services agencies

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Social Work Department  |  Phone: 615-460-6401