Developing Social Work Practice for People with Disability through Digital Storytelling


The International Federation of Social Workers adopted the new global definition of social work in 2014. Although promotion of social cohesion and respect for diversities was included in the new definition, social work practices for promoting cultural citizenship are still under development in Japan. Since 1990s, community arts organizations in Australia have developed community engagement projects for people with disability through digital media production such as digital storytelling. It is important to develop the collaboration method between social workers and artists to promote cultural citizenship for social minority groups such as people with disability. With the aid of artists and social workers, iPad digital storytelling workshops for people with intellectual disability were organized in Fukui, Japan from 2013 to 2014. The digital media training programs for human service professionals and social work students were organized in Sydney, Australia and Japan prior to the workshops. During this research project, we conducted interviews with participants to understand the ways in which people with disability and local community interact with each other through digital storytelling. This paper explores two key questions. First, we examine how digital storytelling can be employed for community engagement between people with disability and the local community and how it can help them achieve cultural citizenship. Secondly, we investigate how we can develop social work practice for people with disability through digital storytelling.

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Shinsuke Funaki, Fukui Prefectural University, Japan
Shoichi Fujita, Human Support Nest, Japan
Kazunori Taiencho, Kakoukai, Japan

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Conference: ACCS2015
Stream: Media Studies

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