ERIC Number: ED411624
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Utilizing All Your Resources: Individuals with and without Disabilities Volunteering Together.
Komissar, Cheska; Hart, Debra; Friedlander, Robin
This booklet discusses how to recruit and manage volunteers with disabilities. Generic as well as specific strategies are provided for engaging individuals with disabilities, including members of diverse cultures. Potential barriers and suggestions for working around those barriers are also explored. The first section addresses recruitment and provides tips for recruiting individuals with disabilities through fliers, community contacts, group presentations, and the media. Using "people first" language when recruiting or working with individuals with disabilities, transportation issues, and tips for developing a recruitment plan are also discussed. A volunteer interest survey is provided. Following this, sections deal with orientation and training for volunteers, matching volunteers with and without disabilities, questions of liability (including obtaining insurance, establishing safety procedures, training volunteers and staff, becoming familiar with local laws, and building relationships), challenges (including burnout, firing, and lack of enthusiasm), and coordinating volunteers. Information is provided on evaluating training, providing disability awareness training to volunteers without disabilities, and the qualities and skills of a good coordinator. The manual ends with a list of 101 ways to give recognition to volunteers and a list of 28 ways for a volunteer to help. (CR)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Children's Hospital, Boston, MA. Inst. for Community Inclusion.
Note: Funded by Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation. A publication from Project REC.