INCLUSION OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN ZAMBIA

Women and men with disabilities can and want to be productive members of society. In both developed and developing countries, promoting more inclusive societies and employment opportunities for people with disabilities requires improved access to basic education, vocation training relevant to labor market needs and jobs suited to their skills, interests and abilities, with adaptations as needed. Many societies also recognizing the need to dismantle other barriers- making the physical environment more accessible, providing information in a variety of formats, and challenges attitudes and mistaken assumptions about people with disabilities.Image

Social Workers Deserve Higher Pay Now

The Social Work Practitioner

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A September 2009 CNN·Money article listed 15 stressful jobs that pay badly.  Number 1?  Social worker – median pay: $43,200.

The article states:

“Social workers step in when everyone else steps aside to help people and families in vulnerable situations.  They provide patients with education and counseling, advise caregivers and make referrals for other services.  And with social workers in short supply and programs underfunded, few must juggle the work of many, while reaping little reward.”

An incomplete characterization, to be sure, but basically correct.

Why is this so?  Why is “the system” set up to pay social workers less than we are worth?  Because the value we derive… (Did I hear someone shout, “Because we let them!”)?  The value we derive from helping others is not salary-based.  We choose to go places most people don’t want to go, to stare into the twisted face of pain and feel the…

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