Service and volunteer programs need to be proactive to ensure that everyone - including individuals with disabilities – have the opportunity to serve and to be active participants. Often managers need more information about accessible and inclusive recruiting or want disability-related information to assists supervisors of members or volunteers with disabilities. The newly developed ecourses and other materials on this page are a perfect starting place for your queries and a great place to find some training and technical resources.
These new e-courses are 15-20 minutes in length and are a great place to find answers to some of the most common disability-related questions Supervisors have:
- Modern Disability 101
- Creating a Welcoming Environment
- Why People with Disabilities Benefit Your Program
- Making Reasonable Accommodations
- Designing Your Own Disability Engagement Plan
Resources for Prospective Members with Disabilities
The Benefits of Service and Experiences of AmeriCorps Members with Disabilities (Webinar Series)
- Chapter 1: Overview of our National Service Programs
- Chapter 2: Benefits of Participating in National Service
- Chapter 3: Answers to key Questions Prospective Members with Disabilities Have
- Chapter 4: Instructions for Finding Opportunities and Applying to our Programs
Presentation slides for Chapters 1 through 4
- Chapter 5: ?Personal Story
- Chapter 6: AmeriCorps Member Impact Synthesis
Presentation slides for Chapter 6
Service Members with Disabilities
Haven’t met many of our service members with disabilities or want to learn about their experiences? The following video clips and blog entries showcase members’ disability experiences.
- George Davis
- Jamal “Deon” Johnson
- Jordan Richardson
- Johann Shockency
- Video on Disability Inclusion from Serve Colorado via YouTube
Disability Accommodation Reimbursement Form
AmeriCorps State and National grantees are eligible to complete the Disability Accommodation Reimbursement Form and submit receipts for reimbursement of funds spent accommodating members with disabilities. Please read about requirements and the reimbursement process on the form or by emailing questions to email@example.com.
- Blog post from the field (North Carolina) – “Making Service Accessible for All"
- Accessibility Checklist
- “Who I am” “Because” “I Can” PSA
For questions about recruitment and retention of service members with disabilities and with other disability related issues email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CNCS has changed technical assistance providers. Now you will have direct access to disability accommodation experts by contacting the Job Accommodation Network (“JAN”). JAN provides free, confidential consulting services for all supervisors/ grantees/ sponsors/ employers, regardless of the size or type of service environment. Services include one-on-one consultation about all aspects of disability accommodations, including the accommodation process, accommodation ideas, product vendors, referral to other resources, and ADA compliance assistance. JAN offers numerous publications on accommodation ideas, products and services and an ADA library. Each year approximately 32,000-38,000 individuals contact JAN to discuss disability accommodation issues and millions visit their online library of resources. .
Popular JAN Resource
Many supervisors are searching for a quick reference sheet once they learn a service member or volunteer has a particular medical condition or disability. The following link provides excellent background information and accommodation ideas about a wide array of conditions: https://askjan.org/media/atoz.htm