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

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Creating an Inclusive Environment:
A Handbook for the Inclusion of People with Disabilities in National and Community Service Programs

Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Corporation for National and Community Service

Created in 1993, the Corporation for National and Community Service engages more than 2 million Americans annually in improving communities through service. The Corporation supports service at national, state and local levels through:

Upon request, this material will be made available in alternate formats for people with disabilities.

Published through Cooperative Agreement #95CA000031 in January 2004 - First Edition.

***Please Note: the information in this handbook is currently being revised and updated. Please check back soon for updates to this page and new resource information. If you have a question about any specific content, or are seeking additional resources while potential revisions are in progress, please email NSIP and we would be happy to respond with any inclusion information you require. Thank you for your patience as we make these updates. -NSIP Staff

This publication was developed by the UCP Access AmeriCorps disability inclusion training and technical assistance project. It is based on work funded by CNCS under Cooperative Agreement No. 95CA000031. Opinions expressed in this book do not necessarily reflect the official position of CNCS.


This Handbook will assist you as you work to fully and meaningfully include individuals with disabilities in your national and community service program. It is not intended to constitute legal or other professional advice and it will not necessarily provide you with solutions to the complex situations or legal interpretations that may arise. It is, however, designed to provide you with accurate information. If you need legal advice or other expert assistance, your best course of action would be to consult a competent professional. You will find specific resources to assist you in different areas of outreach, recruitment, selection, and retention of participants with disabilities in national and community service. Please feel free to provide feedback to Jewel Bazilio at jbazilio@cns.gov at the Corporation for National and Community Service.

In addition to this Inclusion Manaul, NSIP has created a Train the Trainer Companion Manual which is available here.

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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.