Development of the community service and disability sectors
The increasing complexity of our modern world has posed great challenges for many individuals and families. Traditional community and informal helping services were found to be inadequate; in response to the increasing need, community and disability services have developed and been professionalised over the last century.
Community and disability services workers are now trained and employed to assist individuals and families to cope with their own situation and with society's demands and challenges. The client group for community and disability service workers are often the more marginalised and disempowered individuals within our society. Hence community and disability service workers often become the human face of society's attempt to care for these people.
The Dalai Lama commented on the loss of genuine caring within modern society:
We have more degrees but less sense;
more knowledge but less judgements;
more experts but more problems;
more medicines, but less healthiness.
We've been all the way to the moon and back,
but we have trouble crossing the street
to meet the new neighbour.
We build more computers
to hold more information,
to produce more copies than ever,
but we have less communication.
We have become long on quantity
but short on quality.
These are times of fast foods,
but slow digestion;
tall man, but short character;
steep profits, but shallow relationships.
It is time when there is much in the window
but nothing in the room."
This loss of relationships within society adds to the expectations placed upon you; while you must develop the necessary skills to work in these sectors, your expertise will be underpinned by essential personal qualities and attributes.