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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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Sample of Self-Evaluation Checklist

Self-Evaluation Checklist for Grantees
The following checklist is designed to allow grantees to readily assess major architectural features and facilities for accessibility. The checklist is intended to allow grantees, when walking through their facilities and those of subgrantees, or when visiting potential locations for meetings, conferences, training sessions, or events, to evaluate some of the most basic elements of accessibility without having to actually measure distances, slopes, forces, etc. Note:This is not a full self-evaluation, nor will it ensure legal compliance. It will give you a "snapshot" of the accessibility of a facility.

Outside the Building
Persons with phyiscal and vision-loss need accessible routes: smooth, non-slip, no protrusions or overhangs that can trip or bump them - from parking area, street, and/or bus stop. Persons with many types of physical disabilities need parking spaces near entrances because walking distances are difficult or dangerous for them. Persons using wheelchairs or other mobility aids need parking spaces with an access aisle for opening car doors and loading/unloading equipment. Steps at the entrance to the building can be a barrier for persons with different types of physical disabilities.

Inside the Building

Persons who walk with difficulty or use wheelchairs, crutches, canes, or walkers need a wide, smooth, level, and firm surface. Persons with vision-loss need a path free of hazards. Persons with upper-body disabilites need non-twist knobs, handles, and doors that are not too heavy. Persons who are hard of hearing need visual elevator controls and persons with vision-loss need audible ones. Persons with physical disabilities need restrooms that they can get to and use easily and safely, and stairs with uniform tread, width, and handrails which guide them and indicate landings.


Especially when reserving hotel space, be aware that persons with disabilities require a variety of services. Some require a TTY telephone. Others require roll-in or sitting showers or lounge chairs instead of flat beds. Some require accessible restroom facilities. Always notify meeting, conference, or event participants that reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request and provide a date and contact for making such requests.

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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.