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I hope you all have been have a good week! We are moving into week 11… this course if flying by right now.

Unit 11 Introduction and What You Will Learn

Assessment is a core activity we do as social workers. Chapter 12 of the Rothman (2018) shares many practical strategies used to assess persons with special needs. The objectives for week 11 are as follows:

Unit Assignments


A–01: Asynchronous Participation and Engagement

Students are to make at least three replies across any of the four open forums this week. Remember, the expectation is to read all of the posts. Your responses can include another student’s reply if you contribute something substantial to the discussion. Be sure to post on two separate days to show engagement. The following are the four forums this week:

Unit Resources:

Junker (2021) describes very succinctly describes what the difference is between Social Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), determination of eligibility, benefit amounts, how to apply, and even appealing. In my experience with clients who have been applying for SSI, they often have had to appeal multiple times. Applying for SSI or if you prefer watching in Spanish (Solicitar la SSI).

The Social Security Administration (n.d.) Disability Evaluation Under Social Security includes information about what disabilities are included for adults and children, general information around applying for SSI, what type of documentation is required, provided for professionals to help assist clients in going through the process. Read through the martial in these sections to gain a deeper understanding of what the process looks like and assist in participating in the forum SSI Evaluation Process.


Junker, M. (2021, November 20) Applying for SSI [Video]. YouTube.

Junker, M. (2021, November 30) Solicitar la SSI [Video]. YouTube.

Rothman, J. (2018). Social work practice across disability (2nd ed.). Routledge.

Social Security Administration (n.d.) Disability evaluation under social security: Medical/professional relations.

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