Welcome to CaliforniaVolunteers Inclusion Information

It’s important for you to know that AmeriCorps and CaliforniaVolunteers encourage all individuals to participate as national service providers through AmeriCorps programs.

Under federal law, any program that receives federal funds is required to comply with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and this area is intended to assist you in following increasing your program’s inclusive environment.

You should also note that the Fair Employment Housing Act (FEHA), enforced by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, also has legal requirements that in some cases go beyond the ADA and apply to all national service programs in California.

Correctly interpreting and applying the law can be complicated, even for experiences programs. Please contact your Program Officer with any questions.

Training and Technical Assistance:

As a valued resource and for program specific assistance, programs are encouraged to visit The Corporation for National and Community Service Knowledge Network web site http://www.nationalservice.gov/resources/disability-inclusion. The Corporation for National and Community Service supports the active engagement of all people as service members and volunteers in all levels of national and community service.

CaliforniaVolunteers Inclusion Policy Statement

CaliforniaVolunteers’ Inclusion policy outlines the requirements and resources applicable to service programs like yours, and includes specific references to national service guidelines and reasonable accommodation funding.

View CaliforniaVolunteers Inclusion Policy Statement

AmeriCorps Program Inclusion Checklist

The AmeriCorps Program Inclusion Checklist is a self-assessment tool designed to aid AmeriCorps programs in assessing their compliance with inclusion guidelines and requirements.

View the AmeriCorps Program Inclusion Checklist

Information on Recruiting and Interviewing AmeriCorps Applicants and Basic Etiquette Tips

This guide contains information on conducting an accessibility self-evaluation, which is necessary prior to undertaking recruitment efforts. A thorough self-evaluation will create a clear picture of the strengths and weaknesses of the accessibility in your AmeriCorps program. Accessibility can be looked at as an ongoing process, and all programs should be aware of barriers to accessibility. Most importantly, this guide details how all programs should be able to provide alternative means of providing equal access to services. Lastly, the guide covers the success that comes with clearly stating in recruitment messages your program’s accessibility and willingness to provide reasonable accommodations.

View the Inclusion Recruiting and Interviewing Information

Americans with Disability Act Web Sites

These websites will provide more in-depth information relative to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990:

California State Independent Living Council
Americans with Disabilities Act Document Center