Council on Disability and Persons with Disabilities

The Council on Disability and Persons With Disabilities (CDPD) is a council of the Commission for Diversity and Social and Economic Justice. The council functions to develop social work education resources that are related to issues surrounding disability and the experiences of individuals with disabilities. The council also works to facilitate the full participation of people with disabilities in social work education and is ready to assist in all endeavors related to issues of disability within this field. Finally, the council advocates to include social, political, and economic matters involving disability and individuals with disabilities in the framework of social work education. Read more about CDPD's charge.

New Disability Resources 

In December 2014 a special theme issue in the journal of Sexuality and Disability (Volume 32, Issue 4) addresses The Emerging Intersection of Sexuality and Disability in the Profession of Social Work. It was guest edited by CDPD councilor Joseph A. LoGiudice, and is an extension of CDPD's 2013 CSWE Connect Session, Disability and Sexuality: What Social Workers Should Know.

Click here for access to more CDPD Connect Session resources.

Inaugural Disability Manuscript Award

CDPD congratulates the 2014 winner of the first Disability Manuscript Award, Silviya P. Nikolova (University of Texas at Arlington), and the 2014 Honorable Mention recipients Philip Hong (Loyola University Chicago), Hayley Stokar (Loyola University Chicago), and Sangmi Choi (Soongsil University, Seoul, Korea). The Disability Manuscript Award winner and honorable mention recipients were recognized at the 2014 CDPD Connect Session in Tampa, FL. Read more about the 2014 award winner and honorees.



Committee Board
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  • Kristen Bean
    Assistant Professor
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Las Vegas, NV
    Co-Chair
    07/01/2012 - 06/30/2017
  • Susan Neely-Barnes
    MSW Program Coordinator & Associate Professor
    University of Memphis
    Memphis, TN
    Co-Chair
    07/01/2009 - 06/30/2015
  • Carl Algood
    Associate Professor
    Bowie State University
    Washington, DC
    Councilor
    07/01/2011 - 06/30/2017
  • Sheli Bernstein-Goff
    Associate Professor
    West Liberty University
    Wheeling, WV
    Councilor
    07/01/2012 - 06/30/2015
  • Rosalyn Campbell
    Assistant Professor
    University of Georgia
    Athens, GA
    Councilor
    07/01/2014 - 06/30/2017
  • Portia Lynne Cole
    Senior Health Policy Analyst
    Richmond, VA
    Councilor
    07/01/2014 - 06/30/2017
  • Robert L. Herman-Smith
    Assistant Professor
    University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    Matthews, NC
    Councilor
    07/01/2012 - 06/30/2015
  • Katharine M Hill
    Asisstant Professor
    St. Catherine University and University of Saint Thomas Collaborative
    St. Paul, MN
    Councilor
    07/01/2012 - 06/30/2015
  • Joseph A LoGiudice
    Doctoral Student
    Hunter College, City University of New York
    New York, NY
    Councilor
    07/01/2012 - 06/30/2015
  • Heather A McCabe
    Assistant Professor
    Indiana University
    Indianapolis, IN
    Councilor
    07/01/2012 - 06/30/2015
  • Larry Morton
    MSW Program Director
    Arkansas State University
    State University, AR
    Councilor
    07/01/2013 - 06/30/2016
  • Lydia  P. Ogden
    Assistant Professor
    Lehman College, City University of New York
    Bronx, NY
    Councilor
    07/01/2014 - 06/30/2017
  • Karen Rolf
    Professor
    University of Nebraska at Omaha
    Omaha, NE
    Councilor
    07/01/2009 - 06/30/2015