Growth in the disability sector
The disability sector has undergone marked growth in recent years, becoming a pioneer in developing social services. There are approximately 500 centres for persons with disabilities in the Basque Autonomous Community. This accounts for over 20% of the total social services.
There has also been a considerable increase in the number of professionals practising in the sector, with nearly 500% more since the end of the 80s, marking a yearly growth close to 7%.
New intervention models
In addition to new and better services, strides have been taken towards understanding disabilities on the international level and in elaborating new intervention models. These are now becoming widespread in our area and call for better and higher qualified professionals to carry out a wide variety of tasks:
- A diagnosis of each personal situation.
- Personal planning processes.
- Design of quality standards for services and programmes assisting these people and their families.
- Analysis and building of support services to foster quality of life.
At the present time, there are no models of university programmes to train professionals for these duties. Therefore, the only degree programmes that are somewhat related to the University of Deusto’s Master's degree in Social Inclusion and Disability are taught only at public universities.
Need for professionals
Public authorities have become increasingly engaged in improving the disabled’s quality of life (see the Act on Promotion of Personal Autonomy) and there has been marked growth in services in recent decades in our autonomous community and throughout Spain. This indicates there will be:
- Training needs derived from generational replacement of practising professionals.
- Better staffed agencies and institutions
- New professional profiles derived from the evolution of these services.
All of these points support the need for an officially recognised postgraduate degree programme in this area which specifically looks to train professionals, put forth a model for the sector and specifically link it to this field as specialist raining.
Director of the Master’s degree programme: Almudena Fernández (email@example.com)
Contact telephone: 944139014. Office: 218
Secretary’s office: María Campillo (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Contact telephone: 944139083