Intersectional Anti-Racist Practice with the Disability Community


  • Lamont Simmons University of the District of Columbia
  • Elspeth M Slayter Salem State University



Intersectionality, race, disability, anti-ableism, anti-racism, progressive practice


Many intersections exist between communities of colour, the disability community, and other social identity groups. For example, one in four Black or African American members in the United States are disabled. Disability is also more prevalent in queer communities. Yet, social workers in the helping professions rarely make these connections. The application of an intersectional, anti-oppressive, “critically culturally competence” theoretical practice framework for empowerment-oriented work with the disability community is presented. Specific guidance is provided for addressing how social service providers can develop their “disability lenses” in pursuit of anti-racist and anti-ableist practices.

Author Biographies

Lamont Simmons, University of the District of Columbia

Lamont D. Simmons, MSW, Ed.D. is an Associate Professor at the University of the District of Columbia who studies the persistence of minoritized students in higher education, including social work.

Elspeth M Slayter, Salem State University

Elspeth Slayter, MSW, MA, PhD is a Professor at Salem State University who researches the experiences of the disability community in social service provision.






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