Barriers to the Inclusion of Volunteers with Developmental Disabilities

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Leandra A. Bedini, Professor (Creator)
Kimberly Miller, AP Assistant Professor and Research Associate (Creator)
Stuart J. Schleien, Professor & Chair (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Being a volunteer is an important way for individual community members to be active and vital contributors within the community, to feel connected, and to he viewed as an asset to one's community. With over 56% of Americans volunteering (Independent Sector, 1999), it is evident that many of our citizens have realized the dual nature of volunteerism—while helping others and giving of oneself to meet the needs of fellow community members, one can also reap significant personal benefits. Research has indicated that volunteers benefit psychosocially in such ways as increased self-esteem, attitudinal changes, a sense of accomplishment, improved self-concept, reduced alienation, increased feelings of helpfulness, and a greater sense of social responsibility (Finn & Checkoway, 1998; Hamilton & Fenzel, 1988; Johnson, Beebe, Mortimer, & Snyder, 1998; Moore & Allen, 1996; Omoto & Snyder, 1990; Omoto, Snyder, & Berghuis, 1992).

Additional Information

Miller, K., Schleien, S., & Bedini, L., (2003). Barriers to the inclusion of volunteers with developmental disabilities. The Journal of Volunteer Administration, 21(1), 25-30.
Language: English
Date: 2003
Volunteers, Disabilities, Engagement, Inclusion, Developmental disabilities

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