The Ethical Impact of Communication Technology and Social Media on Social Work Practice in the Deaf Community
Technology in the 21st century revolutionizes the methods of social work practice intervention, which has ethical implications for social work practice with deaf and hard of hearing populations. In particular, the dearth of research on the ethical impact of communication technology and social media on social work practice with deaf and hard of hearing populations necessitates an extensive description of the experiences and perspectives of social workers using technology and social media at their work. To accomplish this goal, 175 participants-BSW interns, MSW interns, social work practitioners, agency administrators, field instructors, field liaisons, and field education program directors in the field of social work-will be invited to fill out a survey by using Monkey Survey that consists of quantitative and qualitative questions. Microsoft Excel, SPSS, and HyperRESEARCH will be utilized to analyze data to answer the following questions: 1. How do the social work practitioners adhere to ethical standards in using communication technology and social media? 2. Do the agencies that serve deaf and hard of hearing populations have communication technology and social media policies in place?