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Colorado Technical University Online Autism Spectrum Disorder Discussion

Read the posts of your peers and respond to at least one other learner regarding his or her position.

Student post down below: 

The social work field and human service field is such a large area of focus. Often within these areas of focus, there are so many different things that can be addressed that is often geared around different populations and target areas.  Understanding what each field does before incorporating these strategies will help to gain a better understanding of the issues and how to address the issues within the target populations. The human service field focuses on meeting the human needs through an interdisciplinary knowledge base, focusing on prevention as well as remediation of problems, while maintaining a commitment to improving the overall quality of life service populations. Social work on the other hand, is an academic discipline and practice-based profession that concerns itself with individuals, families, group, communities and society as whole in an effort to meet basic needs and enhance social functioning, self-determination, collective responsibility, optimal health, and overall well-being.

Both contribute to overcoming issues of discrimination and oppression within a target field. The target population is a group of individuals that the intervention intends to conduct research in and draw conclusion from. The target field that I have identified as a choice of study is the population of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Individuals diagnosed with ASD has faced issues of discrimination and oppression. According to Netting, Kettner, McMurty and Thomas (2016), “Skills are needed in the areas of interviewing representatives of affected population, researching the professional knowledge base, collecting quantitative and qualitative data, and making an informed analysis based on finding” (pg. 62). As a professional within the field, there are several approaches that were utilized to understanding and serving the population to promote community empowerment. The first step is to listen to different perspectives from individuals, families and caregivers of individuals diagnosed with ASD to gain perspective and understanding related to cultural humanity. The next step is to understand how the target population is has received unjustified distinctions based upon the categories they are perceived to belong to. Once these two steps have been completed, these two steps build the foundation for searching the professional knowledge case on the target population and developing strategies for authentic engagement.


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