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Inclusive Volunteering

What is Inclusive Volunteering?

Research shows that opportunities for volunteering are important in education, training and social engagement for people with disabilities. The term “inclusive volunteering” describes the service of individuals with disabilities as volunteers themselves as active members of any community.  Community partners are challenged to provide opportunities so that people with disabilities have access to participate.

Read more about inclusive volunteering

The Arc

Offers many opportunities for people with disabilities to volunteer and participate in the community.

TED TALK: Inclusive Career Placement for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Volunteering is a layered opportunity: as a first step to gain work and social experience, and for volunteer to learn about a career or organization from the inside.

Strategies for Creating a More Inclusive Volunteer Program

Results from a recent research study by the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration offer 8 strategies as a starting point to support organizations engage volunteers from diverse and immigrant communities.

Spotlight on COVID & Disability

COVID & Disability

Recent studies find higher rates of risk for COVID in people with developmental and intellectual disabilities than any other condition, regardless of age.

At the center of our work to advocate and improve lives for individuals with disabilities is our own Community Advocacy Council (CAC), vital members of the wider disability community who lend their voice and expertise to provide guidance on key issues and concerns for those with disabilities.

As COVID rates rise, lock downs continue, and we are faced with an imperative to protect ourselves and others, we call attention to the particular needs and risks of Oregonians experiencing disabilities.

CAC members recently convened to discuss the impact of COVID, their fears, concerns and ways to cope.

Don’t Come Too Close, a poem by Anna Scott-Hinkle, along with personal experiences of other CAC members are shared in the CAC Blog.

CHD’s Community Advocacy Council (CAC)

Why is handwashing important?

People in the developmental disability community are particularly vulnerable to the COVID 19 virus.

Use our fun Super Handwashing Video to demonstrate the need for frequent handwashing and to remind family and friends to keep protected.

Creating Routines for Residential Providers in the Developmental Disability (DD) Community

Managing COVID protection in different home settings can be extra challenging. Use our guide to help residents establish routines and adjust to changes.

COVID Vaccine Is Coming

A vaccine is coming but prevention practices are more important now than ever. Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen cautions that it will be months before many have access to the vaccine. We must continue practicing basic prevention measures -- wearing masks, physical distancing, avoiding gatherings, staying home if sick.

COVID-19 Resources

Our original support materials, video and downloadable guides created for people with disabilities, their families, and service providers.

Focus on Inclusive Volunteering

What is inclusive volunteering?

Research shows that opportunities for volunteering are important in education, training and social engagement for people with disabilities. The term “inclusive volunteering” describes the service of individuals with disabilities as volunteers themselves as active members of any community. Community partners are challenged to provide opportunities so that people with disabilities have access to participate.

Read more about inclusive volunteering 

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