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Disabilities Inclusion

The KCCVS is committed to disability inclusion and opportunity for all who seek to serve. We provide assistance and referrals to services and support members may need to perform their service assignment duties. Find disabilities resources related to AmeriCorps here.

Inclusion Tips by the Nonprofit Sector Inclusion Project.

Inclusion videos by Kentucky AmeriCorps programs on YouTube

What You Need to Know About Assistive Technology but Didn't Know Who to Ask by Military Families Learning Network on YouTube

Inclusive Volunteer Recruitment Training Module

The KCCVS and the Corporation for National and Community Service continue to promote disabilities inclusion both in national service and in community volunteerism. As part of that ongoing effort, KCCVS has produced an Inclusive Volunteer Recruitment training module, a self-contained group activity designed to educate the public in a group setting about disabilities inclusion. It includes materials and instructions that should be very straightforward for trainers. Participants will find the workshop useful and informative.

Inclusive Volunteer Recruitment (Formatted for front-back printing)

Disability Corner Archives

While serving as KCCVS Disabilities Coordinator, Lanny Taulbee wrote a column, the Disabilities Corner, for the KCCVS newsletter. The following columns are in PDF format.

November 2011: National Disability Employment Awareness Month

July-August 2011: Challenge Award

February 2011: Winter Realities

July 2010: Celebrating the ADA

March 2010: Disabilities Inclusion Training

December 2009: Rudolph Parable

September 2009: Molly the Pony

May 2009: The HEART Act

October 2008: The Power of Words

April-July 2008: Person First Language

January 2008: Disability Inclusion Advisory Council

October 2007: Citizen Police Academy

July 2007: Community Emergency Response Team Training

April 2007: Currency Issues for the Visually Impaired

January 2007: Service Animal Etiquette

October 2006: Self-Disclosure

July 2006: The ABCs of the ADA, Part Two

April 2006: The ABCs of the ADA, Part One

January 2006: On the Edge of Accessibility

October 2005: Introduction to Lanny Taulbee

Disability Internet Resources

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

ADA and IT Technical Assistance Centers - also known as DBTACs (Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers), they are a comprehensive resource for information on the ADA and accessible information technology.

ADA Document Portal - a searchable website about the ADA and Information Technology Technical Assistance Centers from the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

ADA Home Page - includes links to several Federal Agencies with ADA responsibilities, a guide to other disability rights laws, questions about child care centers and service animals.

U.S. Access Board - develops and maintains design criteria for the built environment, transit vehicles, telecommunications equipment and electronic and information technology. Click on Guidelines and Standards, then ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) under the sub-heading Architecture for specific regulations regarding construction standards)

U.S. Department of Transportation - the Federal Transit Administration Office of Civil Rights is responsible for civil rights compliance and monitoring to ensure non-discriminatory provision of transit services.

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Kentucky Sites

Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs - enhances the quality of life for Kentucky’s children with special health care needs through direct service, leadership, education and collaboration.

Interdisciplinary Human Development Institute - a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service, the institute focuses on improving lifelong opportunities and services for individuals with disabilities, their families and the community. The site offers several manuals in PDF format as well as many local, state and national information links.

Kentucky Business Leadership Network - a business-led organization serving a clearinghouse for busy Kentucky employers interested in hiring qualified employees with disabilities or retaining employees with acquired disabilities.

Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing - an advocate for deaf and hard of hearing persons on legislative issues as well as a consultant to the governor, General Assembly and various state and local governmental agencies.

Kentucky Council on Developmental Disabilities - seeks to create change through visionary leadership and advocacy so that people have choices and control over their own lives. (KCDD does not provide direct care services).

Kentucky Housing Corporation: Special First Mortgage Loan Programs - New Construction Program for Single-Parent, Disabled and Elderly Households offers loans for newly constructed houses at interest rates from 1 to 6 percent. These limited funds are available, usually in July, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Kentucky Office for the Blind - a state government rehabilitation agency that offers assistance to persons who are blind or visually impaired.

Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation - helps Kentuckians with disabilities achieve suitable employment and independence.

Office of the Kentucky ADA Coordinator - contains links to many Kentucky agencies and ADA information.

State of Kentucky Disability Resources - includes a list of state agencies, non-profit organizations and private businesses organized by category.

U.S. Census Bureau American FactFinder - provides wide array of data. Search disability statistics by state by clicking on People, then Disability and narrow the search criteria.

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Disability Benefits

Diversity World - includes several links to other disability-related information such as employment, careers, job development and even a list of speakers.

Federal Communications Commission - the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Disability Right Office addresses disability-related telecommunications matters.

Medicare - Medicare recipients can register for MyMedicare, a secure online service for accessing your Medicare information. You can view the status of claims, enrollment information and check the deductible status of Part B.

Social Security - The Red Book serves as a general reference source about the employment-related provisions of Social Security Disability Insurance and the Supplemental Security Income Programs for educators, advocates, rehabilitation professionals, and counselors who serve people with disabilities.

Social Security Administration Online - This site has links to information about Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

U.S. Department of Labor, Job Accommodations Network (JAN). - information on accommodating specific disabilities.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - offers a great reference guide book on the employment process called Enforcement Guidance on Reasonable Accommodation and Undue Hardship Under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The guide discusses reasonable accommodations applicable to the hiring process and to the benefits and privileges of employment.

WorkWORLD - Employment Support Institute, School of Business, Virginia Commonwealth University. Although software applications featured are not free, applications provide access to information with definitions for many of the terms used by Social Security.

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Accommodations

The Job Accommodation Network - a source for information about accommodations. JAN's website is a wealth of information about accommodations and consultants are also available by phone.  Services are free and confidential.

US Office of Rehabilitation Services - This federal agency funds state and local Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies across the country. They help individuals with physical or mental disabilities to obtain employment. Many Vocational Rehabilitation offices also help place people with disabilities in national service programs.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - This federal department supports nationwide employment training program for veterans with service-connected disabilities who qualify for vocational rehabilitation.

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf - Directory of Interpreters (You can search by state). This organization is a national membership organization representing professional interpreters.

Telecommunications Relay Services - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted use of the 711 dialing code for access to Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS). TRS permits persons with a hearing or speech disability to use the telephone system via a text telephone (TTY) or other device to call persons with or without such disabilities.

Video Relay Services (VRS) - a rm of Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) that enables persons with hearing disabilities who use American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate with voice telephone users through video equipment, rather than through typed text.

Easter Seals - an organization that provides services to people with disabilities including assistance determining and implementing accommodations. They are a national organization with local affiliates.

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Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Center for Disability and Special Needs Preparedness - works to ensure that all individuals are included in the development and implementation of plans for protection from natural and man-made emergencies.

Citizen Corps - learn to be prepared, get training in first aid and emergency skills and volunteer to support local emergency responders, disaster relief and community safety.

Ready America - Kentucky - If a disaster or emergency strikes, do you know what to do? This site offers advice on protecting your family in any disaster - natural or man-made.

What's Your RQ (Readiness Quotient)? - a quick and simple online survey for individuals and families to gauge their preparedness for an emergency.

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Other Disability-Related Sites

ABILITY Magazine - an award-winning publication distributed by Time Warner with a combined online and print readership of more than one million. For close to two decades of service, ABILITY Magazine’s mission has been to provide new insights into our individual levels of ability. ABILITY Magazine uses celebrity interviews and human interest stories to build awareness that disability is part of the fabric of life. Included are articles on technology, education, employment, travel and medical advancements, all with a healthy dose of fun and humor.

ABILITYJobs.com - an employment resource for individuals with disabilities, corporations seeking a diversified work force, and rehabilitation service providers.  Free services for job seekers include resume posting and searchable job listings. Fee-based services for employers include job postings and resume searching. Job seekers and students seeking internships can freely post their resumes on the site with the knowledge that companies are actively seeking them for employment.

Center for Accessible Living - a disability resource center governed by people with disabilities. It operates on a cross-disability basis, serving clients regardless of type of disability.

CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) - encourages and provides training to foster readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety and doing the greatest good for the greatest number of people. CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations in which citizens must cope on their own before professional help arrives following any emergency.

Disability World Magazine - e-magazine of international disability news and views.

DisabilityInfo.gov - the federal government's one-stop Web site for information of interest to people with disabilities, their families, employers, service providers and many others.

Independent Living USA - disability-related news links and many articles about people with disabilities in the news.

Kentucky Assistive Technology Service (KATS) Network Coordinating Center - housing and technology Web site including sites for older Kentuckians, financial assistance and other organizations.

National Service To Employment Project (NextSTEP) - create tools and materials, conducts research, provides technical assistance, and creates demonstration projects focusing on people with disabilities in volunteer and community-service roles.

NFB-NEWSLINE - a free service offered by the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) that give print-disabled individuals access to over 300 national and local publications and wire feeds as well as TV listings.

Ragged Edge magazine - another popular disability related e-magazine.

Self Advocacy Toolkit - an innovative website specifically for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to help them advocate for themselves and take charge of their lives.

Top 100 Websites for Speech Pathology in 2012 - a great collection of sites for anyone interested in learning more about speech disorders, speech therapy, and linguistics. The final 100 sites were selected after a lengthy nomination period, and were included based on a variety of factors including their readership, quality of information, search ranking and update frequency.

U.S. Census Bureau - Disability - includes several links to sites with statistics related to people with disabilities.

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