Date of Award

Fall 11-11-1999

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Edward Skarnulius

Second Advisor

Michael Schock

Third Advisor

Jeanette Sawin


The purpose of this project was to develop a one day workshop for human service professionals which would help them to explore commonly held attitudes and values towards citizens with disabilities and heighten awareness of the impact of popular media, particularly film, in the shaping of such values. The framework is founded in symbolic interactionism with an emphasis on the following concepts: disability, handicap, mass media and the formation of culture. Th rough individual and group activities, lecture, analysis of film segments and overhead transparencies, workshop participants would expand their awareness and skills associated with citizens with disabilities and obtain useful working strategies that would assist participants to pro actively reduce the stereotypes I stigmas associated with inaccurate portrayals of people with disabilities.


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