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The materials on the web site were written or compiled by Jayne Cravens.
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working with online volunteers
who have disabilities:

volunteer orientation and matching

 
Detailed information about orienting volunteers, evaluating their skills and interest and matching them to assignments can be found here on the Virtual Volunteering Project web site:

In addition, we offer these suggestions specifically for working with online volunteers who have disabilities:
  • How do you proceed when someone contacts you about a virtual volunteering opportunity as a result of your outreach to disabled communities? In the same way you would with any other person who says they want to volunteer with you: determine the person's interest and ability. Base the matching of the volunteer to a project based upon the person's ability and desire, not the person's disability.

  • The clearer the task description, the less-likely a volunteer will get into an assignment he or she cannot do (for whatever reason!). Provide an accurate task description to volunteer candidates explaining the duties and demands of each volunteer assignment, and resources/experience they will need to have.

    Encourage volunteers do some self-evaluation and self-screening when looking for volunteer opportunities. Just as you should with any volunteer candidate, ask candidates if they think they can do the assignment, if there is any part of the assignment that might prove particularly difficult to them, and if there is something you can do to help make this easier.

  • Your volunteer application should NOT ask about disabilities. Not only could this be a violation of the American Disabilities Act, it gives the impression that you match volunteers to assignments based on what they can't do, rather than what you can. Your volunteer application should also not ask people's age! For more information about volunteer applications, visit some of the Web sites listed on our Index of Online Resources for Volunteer Managers.

  • Base your matching of volunteers to assignments on the applicants' abilities, not their disabilities. "Do not base decisions on unsubstantiated assumptions or steriotypical views about what people with disabilities can or cannot do. When in doubt, check it out -- with the person him/hermself as well as with other disabilitiy resources..."(2)

 
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Credits

Some of this information was adapted from other sources, which offer excellent additional information about working with volunteers with disabilities, on or offline.

We would like to expand the resources on this page, by including others' suggestions and first hand narratives. If you would like to share information with the Virtual Volunteering Project about your own experiences working with volunteers virtually, please contact us.

If you have helped or are helping organizations as a volunteer via your home or work computer, please complete our online survey for volunteers and tell us about your experiences.

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This component of the Virtual Volunteering Project is made possible by a special grant from the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation. We are most grateful for their support and collaboration.


If you find this or any other Virtual Volunteering Project information helpful, or would like to add information based on your own experience, please contact us.


 
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This is an archived version of the Virtual Volunteering Project web site from January 2001.
The materials on the web site were written or compiled by Jayne Cravens.
The Virtual Volunteering Project has been discontinued.
The Virtual Volunteering Project web site IS NO LONGER UPDATED.
Email addresses associated with the Virtual Volunteering Project are no longer valid.
For any URL that no longer works, type the URL into archive.org
.
For new materials regarding online volunteering, see
Jayne Cravens' web site (the section on volunteerism-related resources).
 

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