AmeriCorps Disabilities Resources
The KCCVS is committed to disability inclusion and opportunity for all who seek to serve. We provide assistance and referrals to services and support members may need to perform their service assignment duties. Find general disabilities resources here.
||Inclusive Volunteer Recruitment Training Module
The KCCVS and the Corporation for National and Community Service continue to promote disabilities inclusion both in national service and in community volunteerism. As part of that ongoing effort, KCCVS has produced an Inclusive Volunteer Recruitment training module, a self-contained group activity designed to educate the public in a group setting about disabilities inclusion. It includes materials and instructions that should be very straightforward for trainers. Participants will find the workshop useful and informative.
Inclusive Volunteer Recruitment (Formatted for front-back printing)
Citizen Service Act of 2002 - unveiled in April 2002 by President George W. Bush to reform and enhance AmeriCorps, Senior Corps and other programs administered by CNCS. This measure would have eliminated several financial barriers that pertain to members with disabilities. However, it was not voted on by Congress.
HEART Act - information from the Corporation for National and Community Service about "the HEART Act," the Heroes Earnings Assistance and Relief Tax Act of 2008, which makes AmeriCorps more accessible to people with disabilities.
National and Community Service Act of 1990 - passed in 1993 and established the Corporation for National and Community Service. (Page 34, part (d)(5) provides the language requiring a portion of funding to be set aside for disability inclusion.)
National Service Inclusion Project (NSIP) - a Corporation for National and Community Service training and technical assistance provider to help with compliance in all training and technical assistance needs regarding the inclusion of individuals with disabilities as active participants in national service programs.
General Disabilities Internet Resouces
The Job Accommodation Network - a source for information about accommodations. JAN's website is a wealth of information about accommodations and consultants are also available by phone. Services are free and confidential.
US Office of Rehabilitation Services - This federal agency funds state and local Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies across the country. They help individuals with physical or mental disabilities to obtain employment. Many Vocational Rehabilitation offices also help place people with disabilities in national service programs.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - This federal department supports nationwide employment training program for veterans with service-connected disabilities who qualify for vocational rehabilitation.
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf - Directory of Interpreters (You can search by state). This organization is a national membership organization representing professional interpreters.
Telecommunications Relay Services - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted use of the 711 dialing code for access to Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS). TRS permits persons with a hearing or speech disability to use the telephone system via a text telephone (TTY) or other device to call persons with or without such disabilities.
Video Relay Services (VRS) - arm of Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) that enables persons with hearing disabilities who use American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate with voice telephone users through video equipment, rather than through typed text.
Easter Seals - an organization that provides services to people with disabilities including assistance determining and implementing accommodations. They are a national organization with local affiliates.