A collection of resources about people with disabilities participating in their communities as volunteers sharing their skills while gaining new skills and making connections. People with disabilities are often thought of as opportunities for others to provide service and support too, but people with disabilities can and do make a difference in their communities through volunteering everyday. The resources in this collection bring to life the opportunities and resources about people with disabilities as volunteers.
Oregon Volunteers works to provide reasonable accommodations to national service members and supports activities related to increasing the placement of individuals with disabilities in AmeriCorps*State & National, Senior Corps, and Learn & Serve programs. Oregon Volunteers is also home to the Oregon Inclusive Volunteerism Collaborative bringing together representatives of disability organizations, national service programs, volunteer centers, and the business community.
In this issue of Impact are articles that seek to encourage steps toward the greater inclusion of persons with developmental disabilities in volunteerism. The strategies and visions presented provide a wealth of ideas for supporting that inclusion, in this celebration year and in future years.
Extensive list of Volunteer and National Service Programs open to people with disabilities.
The National Service Inclusion Project (NSIP), a Corporation for National Community Service (CNCS) training and technical assistance provider, is here to meet all of your training and technical assistance needs on the inclusion of individuals with disabilities as active participants in your national service program.
National Service to Employment Project (NextSTEP) create tools and materials, conducts research, provides technical assistance, and creates demonstration projects focusing on people with disabilities in volunteer and community-service roles. Funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), NextSTEP strives to identify effective practices and promote service as a step towards improving employment outcomes for people with disabilities. CNCS provides opportunities for Americans of all ages and backgrounds to engage in structured service programs around specific community needs through its three major programs: AmeriCorps (including AmeriCorps VISTA and AmeriCorps NCCC), Senior Corps, and Learn and Serve America.
This document provides some key ingredients for success in inclusive programming. It includes the following articles that were originally published in the Michigan 4-H Today newsletter.
- Expanding inclusive opportunities for youth and volunteers
- What a disability is . . . and isn’t
- Adaptations can be simple, common sense
- Constructive evaluation promotes and rewards learning
- Simulations increase appreciation for others’ talents
- Expressive, eloquent language provides another way to communicate
- Get your group off to a colorful start
- Building confidence and positive attitudes through communication
Virtual Volunteering & Disabilities
Not all volunteer opportunities require a volunteer to be there in person. Virtual volunteering (volunteering using your computer and Internet connection) let’s people volunteer with organizations and issues they care about without having to leave home.
- Article Disaboom.com- How to Get Hired from Virtual Volunteering
- Service Leader.org Virtual Volunteers with Disabilities Resources