National Service Inclusion Project, Year 2, UCEDD Participant/Contact List and Mini-grant Summaries (2002-03)

June 30, 2002

List of Participants: (Select a State for the Grant Summary)







North Dakota

Ohio - Cincinnati

Ohio - Nisonger

South Dakota


Grant Summaries:

ALABAMA - Civitan International Research Center at the University of Alabama - Birmingham, Dr. Ellen Dossett, (205) 934-2965, [email protected] (RETIRED)

  • Develop internet linkages among Civitan International Research Center, disability, and community service organizations in Alabama.
  • Increase public awareness pertaining to individuals with disabilities.
  • Increase awareness of community service opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
  • Provide outreach and technical assistance to AmeriCorps and other community service projects for recruiting, sustaining, and supporting Members with disabilities in their respective programs.
  • Develop and disseminate brochure with suggestions for inclusion of people with disabilities in community service.
  • Present at a minimum of two conferences; one with disability audience and one with community service audience.

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COLORADO - JFK Partners, Health Sciences Center at the University of Colorado, Dalice Hertzberg, (303) 724-0652, [email protected]

  • Develop joint strategies with the Colorado/Kansas State CNCS and the Colorado Governor's Commission on National and Community Service to promote inclusion for people with disabilities.
  • Training and technical assistance will facilitate recruitment and retention of people with disabilities in national service programs.
  • Targeted CNCS and state service programs will increase the number of people with disabilities participating by identifying "inclusion readiness" in programs and mentoring prospective service volunteers and staff.
  • Linkages will be developed among Colorado disability and advocacy organizations, to inform them of opportunities for consumers, and to provide the CNCS State office and CGCNCS with additional resources for inclusion.
  • A plan of developing a joint Colorado/Kansas inclusion conference.
  • Disseminate information about successful methods and "stories" of inclusion.
  • A plan developed collaboratively among CNCS, the Governor's Commission, JFK Partners and other community stakeholders will promote continuation of inclusion efforts.

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HAWAII - Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawaii - Manoa, Madeline Harcourt, (808) 956-9392, [email protected]

  • Establish a partnership and collaboration between the Center on Disability Studies (CDS) and the University's Service Learning Campus Compact (SLCC) to provide a comprehensive Transition-To-Work program for eleven adults with disabilities.
  • Provide training and technical assistance to AmeriCorps program supervisors and mentors on disability-related issues.
  • Provide appropriate training to AmeriCorps participants on Transition-To-Work issues.
  • Placement of Transition-To-Work participants and provide reasonable accommodations and mentoring on the job services at AmeriCorps service sites
  • Presenting at the 19th Annual Pacific Rim Conference on Disabilities in February 2003.
  • Presenting at the annual AmeriCorps National Service Conference in June 2003.

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KENTUCKY - Interdisciplinary Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky, Beth Harrison, (859) 257-4408, [email protected]

  • Provide KyServe with information on ithe nclusion and training practices of students with disabilities in service learning projects.
  • Assure electronic linkage between the KyServe office and its' network web-sites and that of disability resource agencies and their corresponding network web-sites.
  • Identify targets for dissemination of information between disability network (e.g., school systems, Kentucky Special Parent Information Network (KYSPIN), ARC Kentucky, Developmental Disabilities Council) and KyServe (e.g., local Community Education Directors).
  • Provide training on how to include students with disabilities in service learning at Annual Service Learning Institute.
  • Provide training at Train-the-Trainer Seminar to begin a cadre of service-learning leaders that are knowledgeable about including students with disabilities in service learning.
  • Provide training to high school Youth Councils via KyServe's annual Service-Learning Fair and Student Leadership Development Conference.
  • Share information regarding peer tutoring and facilitate development of "partnerships" between Youth Council members with and without disabilities.
  • Provide technical assistance to facilitate engagement of Youth Council members in joint service learning projects.
  • Develop a flyer describing collaborative efforts of project and creating an annotated portfolio of the experiences of the Partnership and propose to be shared at the Annual National Service Conference.

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MAINE - Center for Community Inclusion at the University of Maine, Debbie Gilmer, (207) 581-1263, [email protected]

  • Establishment and support of a cross disability advisory committee to the Maine Commission on Community Service.
  • Development and delivery of professional development for program directors and members, including an annual conference and topical seminars.
  • Development and dissemination of fact sheets for Maine citizens with disabilities about the benefit of national service and related topics.
  • Recruitment and support of members with disabilities into National Service programs in Maine.
  • Increase the awareness and knowledge of disability advocates, providers, and individuals of the opportunities available through AmeriCorps programs.

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NEBRASKA - Munroe-Meyer Institute at the University of Nebraska, Ann Galloway and Dr. Joe Evans, (402) 559-5762, [email protected]

  • Participate in the annual statewide Volunteerism conference to provide information regarding disabilities resources available in the state.
  • Obtain descriptions of Nebraska CNCS service opportunities and distribute information to public, private, and disability advocacy and service organizations.
  • Provide training to existing AmeriCorps sites that address the needs of persons with disabilities as service members.
  • Serve as a statewide consultant for other service sites on issues related to cognitive and physical disabilities.
  • Facilitate the UNMC/Munroe-Meyer Institute efforts to become an AmeriCorps member service site.

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NORTH DAKOTA - Center for Persons with Disabilities at Minot State University, JoLynn Webster, (701) 858-3580, [email protected]

  • The North Dakota Volunteers project seeks to create and maintain an inclusive environment where individuals with disabilities can fully participate in CNCS activities.
  • Sponsor meetings where representatives from the disability community and CNCS can exchange information.
  • Establish a system which creates opportunities for effective, ongoing communication between CNCS and the disability community.
  • Provide support that enables North Dakotans with disabilities to make meaningful contributions to CNCS programs.
  • Participate in the North Central Cluster Meeting.

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OHIO (CINCINNATI)- Children's Hospital Medical Center Division of Developmental Disabilities at the University of Cincinnati, Ami Brown, (513) 636-4446, [email protected]

  • Form and convene a State Advisory Committee, comprised of individuals with disabilities and representatives from CNCS and disability organizations within the state.
  • Access relevant resource materials from Year 1 mini-grants, duplicate selected materials, and disseminate to programs across the state.
  • Provide technical assistance related to state resources, inclusionary practices, and other related topics to the CNCS state commission and agency, as requested.
  • Work with the National Service Inclusion Project to access additional funding for a statewide workshop.
  • Attend and participate in the 2003 Annual National Service Conference.
  • Attend and participate in the 2003 AUCD Annual Meeting.
  • Submit required Project information/reports to the National Service Inclusion Project.

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OHIO (NISONGER)- Nisonger Center at the Ohio State University, Tom Fish, (614) 292-3727, [email protected]

  • Recruitment of 2 to 4 individuals with disabilities for service experience.
  • Presentation of project activities at the March 2003 Forging New Links Conference.
  • Development of an evaluation/monitoring format for service placements of individuals with disabilities.
  • Establish cross-links between existing and emerging volunteer service and disability organization websites.
  • Work with the state CNCS and the state Community Service Council to establish an on-going advisory/planning committee in efforts of recruiting and retaining service members with disabilities.
  • Explore potential service opportunities through disability service agencies and programs.

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SOUTH DAKOTA - Center for Disabilities at the University of South Dakota, Valborg Kvigne and Dawn Regula, (605) 357-1439, [email protected] and [email protected]

  • National Service Inclusion Project in South Dakota will collaborate with the state.
  • Corporation for National and Community Service office to identify needs and develop a plan for recruitment, outreach and educational needs.
  • Collaborate with the South Dakota Association of Persons with Supported Employment (SDAPSE) by advocating the improvement and expansion of integrated supported employment opportunities, services, and outcomes for all citizens with disabilities in South Dakota.
  • Attending the annual SDAPSE conference to increase the participation of people with disabilities in national service.
  • Explore the possibility of the state establishing a commission in South Dakota.
  • Continue to support the inclusion efforts through ongoing outreach and community interactions utilizing presentations, printed materials, Center's website and technical assistance events.

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WISCONSIN - Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin, Duncan McNelly, (608) 262-6916, [email protected]

  • One-day conference planned in collaboration with the State Commission and State CNCS Office.
  • A Mini-grant project advisory board will be established comprising of representatives from the Developmental Disabilities community, State Commission, State CNCS Office, AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve America, and National Senior Service Corps to provide ongoing training and/or technical assistance as requested by National Service projects.
  • Three mini-courses for people in the developmental disabilities community focusing on National Service to be held throughout the year in the spring, summer and fall.
  • Organize a state-wide summit on National Service to be held as part of a two day developmental disabilities conference in June 2003.
  • Initiate on a pilot basis the option of utilizing the learning from specific training events that the Waisman Center offers in National Service volunteer capacities.

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