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Introduction

In the past and present day, people having different disabilities are often subjected to various forms of oppression. Oppression is a social injustice towards a group of disabled people. The social workers hold a key role in ensuring equal treatment of people with disabilities as this pertains to social work. This is because in the 21st centaury the movement of the disabled persons has attained a legal status that entails a global movement against all forms of oppression against the disabled members of the society. The different forms of oppression, impacts of oppression, influence of the past experience towards current experience as well as roles and contribution of social workers to social justice will be discussed.

  1. The various systems of oppression
  • Racism:

It is a social structure where people of a given ethnic group are treated differently from others.

  • Ableism:

It is a social pattern or discrimination towards those who are not able bodied.

  • Classism:

It is a social pattern where the rich congregate or flock together and oppress the poor.

  • Sizeism:

It is a social pattern based on size of an individual.

  • Lookism:

It is where people with certain different faces or bodies are treated differently.

  1. Identifying the oppressors of persons with disability
  • The government.

The government, as the chief enforcer of human rights within its jurisdiction, has an obligation to eliminate all forms of oppression against the disabled persons. This section will examine the short comings of the Canadian government in offering adequate protection measures on the disabled people of Canada. It shall also entail recommendations to provide solutions to these shortcomings.

  • Corporate organizations

Corporate organizations have a responsibility to enhance the welfare of persons within the society. Corporate responsibility can be extended to cater for the disabled people in the society. This section will examine the shortcomings of corporate organizations in enhancing the welfare of the disabled persons in Canada.

  1. Impact of oppression
  • Psychological influences of oppression.

This section will look at the psychological influences of oppression among the disabled persons in Canada.

  • Social impacts of oppression.

The social impacts of oppression on persons with disability will be examined and analyzed.

  1. Influence of experience of oppression towards the current experience of oppression.
  2. Contribution of social work.

(i) To past experience of oppression.

(ii) To current experience of oppression.

(iii) In helping to prevent oppression.

  1. Role of social workers in advocating for social justice (i) Today

The social workers have various roles in the present time in ensuring social justice for people with disabilities. The present roles of social workers will be examined and evaluated in light of the role they can play in eliminating oppression among the disabled people.

(ii) In future

In years to come the social workers will continue to provide social justice by carrying out different roles. This section will look at the future role that ought to be played by social workers in preventing oppression among the disabled.

  1. Conclusion

Through involvement of the social workers, different forms of oppression can be tackled preventing the various effects associated with people oppression. Social workers greatly influence both the past and current experiences of oppression to people having disabilities.

 

 

 

 

 

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