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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)


University Centers for Excellence in Disability Education, Research, and Service

The National Service Inclusion Project is a project of the Institute for Community Inclusion, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCED). UCEDs work to accomplish a shared vision that foresees a nation in which all Americans, regardless of their abilities, participate fully in their communities. Independence, productivity, and community inclusion are key components of this vision.

There are 67 UCEDs located throughout the United States. They work with people with disabilities, members of their families, state and local government agencies, and community providers on projects that provide training, technical assistance, service, research, and information-sharing, with a focus on building the capacity of communities to sustain all of their citizens.

The National Service Inclusion Project awards mini-grants to UCEDs to cultivate working relationships among disability organizations, CNCS grantees, and CNCS state offices and state commissions. UCEDs provide national service program sites with information on how to better engage persons with disabilities as active service members and volunteers. In many states, UCEDs serve as a gateway to disability organizations, consumer advocacy groups, service providers, and public agencies on state and local levels.

Learn more about the goals, accomplishments, and design of past and current UCED/NSIP mini-grants.

Locate a UCED in your state.

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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.