Episode 18: Disability Awareness with Paula Allen-Meares

NASW Social Work Talks Podcast

Paula Allen-Meares, MSW, PhD

Children with disabilities are highly diverse in terms of their health conditions, disability severity, and social environments, yet they share many of the same needs. Many programs and services have been developed to meet these needs.

Our guest, Paula Allen-Meares, MSW, PhD, discusses a recent report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, that identifies the characteristics of effective programs, as well as opportunities for their improvement.


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Posted Nov. 20, 2018


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Report: "Opportunities for Improving Programs and Services for Children with Disabilities"

This National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine report describes the characteristics of effective programs and services available to children with disabilities and their families. It also outlines opportunities to develop, implement, evaluate, and improve programs and services for children with disabilities.


About Paula Allen-Meares

Paula Allen-Meares, MSW, PhD, was chancellor of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to that, she served as dean of University of Michigan's School of Social Work for 15 years and as Norma Radin Collegiate Professor of Social Work and Professor of Education. She was also Dean of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a New York Academy of Medicine Trustee and Fellow and a member of the Royal Academy of Medicine. In 2006, she was awarded NASW's Knee/Wittman Lifetime Achievement Award.

She's the author of the textbooks "Social Work Services in Schools" and "Social Work with Children and Adolescents."

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