This website is maintained by Dr. Elspeth Slayter, a Professor of Social Work at Salem State University and a disability services researcher with expertise related to addictions, child welfare and criminal justice.  Dr. Slayter identifies as a disabled person*** and can be reached at For more information on Dr. Slayter, please visit her blog.  Guest authors have bio information and contact information at the end of their blog posts.

***Language use around disability can be a contentious issue. Different parts of the disability community disagree about which language to use. Some disabled people prefer person-first language. Others prefer identity-first language. Person-first language is “people with disabilities.” Identity-first language is “disabled people.” We choose to use identity-first language. However, either choice is valid. Social workers should respect the language clients or students use to refer to themselves and their disabilities.

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