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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

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Photo of braille business card Participants

This section features audio excerpts and transcripts from interviews with past and present participants in national service programs.

Experienced in service and knowledgeable about the benefits and barriers to the inclusion of people with disabilities, these participant-consultants offer perspective that is crucial to successful inclusion. Their service has occurred in rural, urban, and suburban communities and has addressed the education, health, public safety, environmental, and other human needs of communities.

All of the participants identified to me as having a disability. Some have disabilities that are visible, and some do not. Some have had a disability all of their lives, and many have not. They represent a variety of disabilities, ages, backgrounds, life experiences. One thing they have in common is that they have served in communities across the country.

I asked each participant what they had contributed and gained by serving; what, if any, reasonable accommodations were made to enable their participation; and how they would advise service programs to increase participation of people with disabilities.

Please note that the opinions expressed and language used belong to the individual, none of whom should be read as spokespeople for all people with disabilities. For an overview of this project, findings, and recommendations, go to field essay.

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  1. Peter Anderson
  2. Madeline Coleman
  3. Tammy Dalaba
  4. Kira Fisher
  5. Tamar Michai Freeman
  6. Thomas David Forderer
  7. Raymond Garcia
  8. Mitchell Garlick
  9. Steve Hoad
  10. Abike Jotayo-Anderson
  11. Ruth Koffler
  12. Patricia Lee
  13. Jean Richard James Méhu
  14. Sofia Maneschi
  15. Rose Ostrander
  16. Kevin Pacheco
  17. Steve Royalty
  18. Eugene Seidel
  19. Margaret Stran
  20. Arline Shier
  21. Florence Styer / Penns Creek Elementary
  22. Doris Wanamaker / Dorothy Burgess-Goldberg
  23. Emily Eliot Miller

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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.