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The New York State Office of National and Community Service encourages and assists national service and other community volunteer programs to actively recruit and engage persons with disabilities as participants in service programs and volunteers.

The Commission supports national service programs in New York State as they provide reasonable accommodations and services necessary to afford individuals with disabilities with equal opportunities to participate in all national service programs and activities. For information, contact us at (518) 473-8882 or e-mail us at

We are very happy to report that Congress recently passed and the President signed the HEART Act, which contains a provision that excludes AmeriCorps benefits from being counted as income for purposes of eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Details of the Act are in the attached HEART Act document.

We have attached resources and effective practices for schools, community based organizations, faith based organizations, other non profit organizations, corporations and businesses on how to "recruit, engage and provide accommodations for persons with disabilities who want to serve."

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

ADA Home page - This site includes links to several Federal Agencies with ADA responsibilities, a guide to other disability rights laws, questions about child care centers and service animals.

US Department of Transportation - The Federal Transit Administration Office of Civil Rights is responsible for civil rights compliance and monitoring to ensure non-discriminatory provision of transit services.

Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center - A comprehensive resource for information on the ADA and accessible information technology. The Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center can also be reached by phone at (800) 949-4232 V/TTY

If you would like more information about how to recruit persons with disabilities and/or provide reasonable accommodations, or if you are disabled and want help volunteering, please contact the New York State Office on National and Community Service at (518) 473-8882 or email

Disability Inclusion