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National Service and Inclusion Project

Inclusion: The active engagement of people with disabilities as service members in all levels of national and community service

Visit NSIP's sister site The National Service to Employment Project (NextSTEP)


The National Service Inclusion Project

Working to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to serve


The Institute for Community Inclusion has published a new Institute Brief. This brief, "Indicators of Inclusive Service and Volunteer Organizations", provides examples of how disability inclusion is often seamless and intentionally woven throughout many nonprofit organizations.

The Corporation for National & Community Service and the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy announce Pathway to Employment for Youth with Disabilities a program to reach the the untapped potential of volunteerism and service.

WEEKLY INCLUSION TIPs address all aspects of diversity, including disability. Including individuals with all abilities need not always be costly, complex or difficult. Most of our INCLUSION TIPs can be implemented quickly, with little to no expense, and integrated within your existing operations, policies and practices.

See a CNN video clip about veterans in the AmeriCorps Southwest Conservation Corps who are helping to fight wildfires in the Resources area of our Veterans Page.

NSIP and NextSTEP would like to thank everyone who attended the 2011 Symposium on Service and Inclusion: Improving the Member Experience through Intentional Strategies.

Please see our Symposium page for information on your favorite plenaries or sessions and access electronic documents.

NSIP has created a new section of our site about engaging veterans with disabilities and wounded warriors in national and community service. Please take a moment to check it out.

The National Service Inclusion Project (NSIP) is pleased to partner with The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), the National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC), and the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL).

These partnerships will further enable all CNCS grantees to collaborate with the disability community. These disability organizations are committed to promoting national service and volunteerism as a valued option for individuals with disabilities to their respective communities. The following are brief descriptions and links to our new partners’ respective websites:

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)


The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is a membership organization that supports and promotes a national network of 67 university-based disability programs. Through its members, AUCD is a resource for local, state, national, and international agencies, organizations, and policy makers concerned about people living with developmental and other disabilities and their families. (

Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)


With more than 2,500 members throughout the United States and internationally, AHEAD ( is a professional membership organization dedicated to the provision of quality services to meet the needs of persons with disabilities involved in all areas of higher education. AHEAD also sustains formal partnerships with 30 Regional Affiliates and numerous other professional organizations.

National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC)


Maintaining a network of 130 parent affiliate organizations, NDSC ( provides information, resources and support concerning all aspects of life for individuals with Down syndrome. Please check out their awareness campaign, "We’re More Alike Than Different" (

National Council on Independent Living (NCIL)


NCIL ( is a national cross-disability, grassroots organization run by and for people with disabilities. NCIL represents thousands of organizations and individuals including: Centers for Independent Living (CILs), Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs), individuals with disabilities, and other organizations that advance the human and civil rights of people with disabilities throughout the United States.

The National Service Inclusion Project (NSIP), a 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.

Do you need our assistance? Would you like NSIP to facilitate an inclusion training or strategic planning session, or provide you with expert technical assistance? Submit an online request.

The 2008 National Conference on Disability Inclusion & National Service: Acting Today to Shape the Future, was a great success!

Download Conference Presentation Materials

Engaging Veterans with Disabilities in National and Community Service

Learn about the Engaging Veterans with Disabilities in National and Community Service Initiative (Word Doc)

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©The National Service Inclusion Project (NSIP) is a training and technical assistance provider on disability inclusion. NSIP partners with the Association on University Centers on Disability, National Council on Independent Living, Association on Higher Education and Disability and National Down Syndrome Congress to build connections between disability organizations and all CNCS grantees, including national directs, to increase the participation of people with disabilities in national service.