The disability sector has undergone marked growth in recent years, becoming a pioneer in developing social services.
A growing sector
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% new practitioners since the end of the 80s, marking a yearly growth close to 7%.
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 a need for qualified professionals derived from the generational replacement, better staffing in agencies and institutions and new professional profiles derived from the evolution of these services.
These considerations lead us to the conclusion that the Master’s degree in Social Inclusion and Disability may provide enhance graduates’ career opportunities related to:
- Interventions with persons with intellectual, developmental, physical and sensory disabilities and severe mental disorders.
- Different contexts: Services in day care centres, the home and in residences, occupational health services, leisure and free time services.
- In different organisations and associations that work to foster disabled persons’ social inclusion.