Social Workers’ Strategies for Supporting Career Transition for Disadvantaged Girls with SEN: A Hong Kong Case Study of a Class in Digital Drawing

Victor C W WONG, Toby C Y YIP

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Abstract

By discovering the strengths of students with special educational needs (SEN), we can develop better ways of helping them gain self-esteem and empowerment. This chapter contests the notion of being ‘learning-disabled’ by indicating how students with SEN are actually ‘differently-enabled’ when career practitioners adopt a neurodiversity perspective. We provide a case study to illustrate how Hong Kong social workers in a community-based career development project supported three disadvantaged girls with SEN to consider their options more positively when making the transition from school to work. It represents an example of a ‘strengths-based’ and ‘empowerment-oriented’ approach that builds on the girls’ deep interest in digital drawing to pursue a meaningful learning process in career path exploration.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCareers for Students with Special Educational Needs
Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives on Development and Transitions from the Asia-Pacific Region
EditorsMantak Yuen, Wendi Beamish, V. Scott H. Solberg
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Chapter8
Pages115-125
Number of pages11
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9789811544439
ISBN (Print)9789811544453, 9789811544422
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2020

Publication series

NameAdvancing Inclusive and Special Education in the Asia-Pacific
ISSN (Print)2524-8219
ISSN (Electronic)2524-8227

User-Defined Keywords

  • Career and life development
  • Digital drawing
  • Dyslexia
  • Leisure pursuits
  • Transition

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