ERIC Number: ED244151
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
New Resource: Volunteers Who Happen to Be Disabled. Special Report.
Owen, Mary Jane
Addressed to those individuals who have responsibility for development of volunteer programs for a variety of agencies and organizations, this guide provides positive examples and practical suggestions to increase accessibility to community organizations for handicapped individuals. Its intent is to increase services to the handicapped population and to allow this group to participate in citizens' volunteer activities. Concrete examples are provided of changing agencies' perceptions of people with handicapping conditions. Brief examples are included of successful volunteer efforts of disabled people. The main portion of the booklet consists of 12 suggestions for low-cost, practical ways to remove barriers to the full participation of disabled individuals. They cover recruitment of disabled persons; architectural barriers; accommodation; bathroom facilities; specific barriers faced by blind volunteers, deaf volunteers, volunteers with speech disabilities, volunteers with learning disabilities, emotionally disabled volunteers, and mentally retarded volunteers; attitudinal barriers; and language barriers that reinforce myths and stereotypes. A brief annotated guide to resources is appended. (YLB)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Adults, Architecture, Attitudes, Blindness, Deafness, Design Requirements, Disabilities, Emotional Disturbances, Learning Disabilities, Mental Retardation, Participation, Physical Mobility, Public Agencies, Social Agencies, Speech Handicaps, Structural Elements (Construction), Volunteers
President's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped, Washington, DC 20210.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: President's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped, Washington, DC.