To give you strategies and resources that give all people the opportunity to serve their community, including people with physical and cognitive disabilities. PURPOSE OF TRAINING
People with disabilities are -- first and foremost, people -- people who have individual abilities, interests and needs. For the most part, they are ordinary individuals seeking to live ordinary lives. People with disabilities are moms, dads, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, friends, neighbors, coworkers, students and teachers. About 52 million Americans -- one out of every five individuals -- have a disability. Their contributions enrich our communities and society as they live, work and share their lives. Who are People with Disabilities?
The ADA definition is an inclusive definition that tends to capture both the largest and broadest estimate of people with disabilities. It describes a disability as a condition which limits a person’s ability to function in major life activities – including communication, walking, and self-care (such as feeding and dressing oneself) – and which is likely to continue indefinitely, resulting in the need for supportive services. Definition of Disability cont.
An inclusive service is one where all members have equal access to opportunities and resources. It’s a place where all members – regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, language or poverty - are seen and heard by those around them. It’s an environment without physical, social and cultural barriers. Inclusive Service
“National Service” is community volunteerism that is encouraged and supported by the federal government. Service member address human needs in education, health, public safety, and the environment. “Inclusion” refers to the active engagement of people with disabilities as service members and volunteers in all levels of national and community service. National Service Inclusion
All programs receiving funds from the CNCS or other federal agencies must comply with federal laws that guarantee equal access and prohibit discrimination. But mere compliance does not necessarily ensure the full and meaningful participation of people with disabilities in national and community service. An inclusive service environment does. Message from Governor’s Office of Faith-Based & Volunteer Service
Everyone can contribute, everyone • has gifts to give to their community • can be part of the community • needs a chance to serve and be useful in their communities Reminder
Put the person first • Think about the ability not the disability • Only refer to the disability • Ten Commandments: Etiquette for Communicating with People with Disability • People first Language Reviews –Disabilities Awareness 101
Including Samuel Review Disability Awareness Review
“Everybody can be great because anybody can serve…you don’t need a college degree to serve, just a heart full of grace and soul generated by love…” Dr. Martin Luther King, Famous Quote
Didn’t speak until after age 3; but rumors of his various disabilities seem to be just rumors …
Paralyzed by a throw from his horse – unable to use limbs or breathe on his own (quadriplegia)
People with disabilities are joining the world of service in increasing numbers. Just like their able-bodied peers, they see a need in their communities and want to contribute to creating a better world for all. Whether it is teaching children to read, repairing trails, helping seniors remain independent in their homes, or increasing public safety, people with disabilities are contributing.
Developing an Inclusive Service Description • (Defining Essential & Marginal Functions) Goal 2
Before the search begins things to do: • nature of the work to be performed • Essential functions of the service performed must be outline in member description STOP!
The term "essential functions" means the fundamental service duties of the position the individual with a disability holds or desires Essential Functions Definition
The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) requires employers to make job-related decisions on the basis of whether a person can perform essential job functions, under reasonably accommodating conditions, in an acceptable manner. Job descriptions must identify which functions are essential, and employers must make employment decisions based upon the essential functions. Other functions, not designated essential, are categorized as marginal and are not to be used as a basis for employment decisions. Both essential and marginal functions must be identified in job descriptions. Essential Functions Defined by ADA
Under Title I of the ADA, an employee must have a disability and also be qualified to perform the essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation. This means two things. First, the employee with a disability must satisfy the employer's requirements for the job, such as education, employment experience, skills or licenses. Second, the employee with a disability must be able to perform the essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation. Essential functions