Bionic vision, social work, and community development: a research participant's reflections

Ashworth, Dianne 2018, Bionic vision, social work, and community development: a research participant's reflections, Health and social work, vol. 43, no. 1, pp. 51-58, doi: 10.1093/hsw/hlx043.

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Title Bionic vision, social work, and community development: a research participant's reflections
Author(s) Ashworth, DianneORCID iD for Ashworth, Dianne
Journal name Health and social work
Volume number 43
Issue number 1
Start page 51
End page 58
Total pages 8
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2018-02-01
ISSN 0360-7283
Keyword(s) anti-oppressive practice
bionic vision
community development
social sciences
social work
Summary This article discusses bionic vision through the author's experiences as Australia's first research participant in an early prototype bionic eye trial. During her two-year participation, she drew on various theoretical perspectives, including critical and community development approaches that not only influence her professional social work perspective, but extend to her personal worldview. In a rapidly emerging biotechnological age, this article contributes a holistic perspective, bringing into focus theory and practice; issues of human experience, human rights, and oppressive relationships; tensions between agency and structure (particularly relating to disability from a social model of disability and the medical model); and practical applications of artificial vision. Beyond its practical applications, illuminated is the relevance of community development values and principles such as a sense of connectedness, participation, and empowerment, which are understood in terms of an antioppressive perspective. The article concludes by recognizing the potential benefit of bionic vision for vision-impaired and blind people in their everyday lives.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/hsw/hlx043
Field of Research 1607 Social Work
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2017, National Association of Social Workers
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