Disability and social participation: The case of formal and informal participation
Shandra, Carrie. Social Science Research, 2017. 

People with disabilities in the United States experience lower levels of social integration than people without disabilities. This study uses data from the 2009–2015 Volunteer Supplement of the Current Population Survey to evaluate how working-aged adults with sensory disabilities, cognitive disabilities, physical disabilities, or multiple disabilities access, participate in, and maintain volunteer roles.

Through adversity comes strength: Volunteering and self-esteem among people with physical disabilities 
Kulik, Liat. International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organisations, 2017.

This study examines the differences in self-esteem between volunteers with physical disabilities and their counterparts who do not volunteer; additionally, examining the contribution of the characteristics of the volunteering experience (motives for volunteering, satisfaction with the rewards of volunteering, and the quality of relationships with beneficiaries) to explain self-esteem among volunteers with physical disabilities. 

Gain without pain: How the voluntary sector can help deliver the social care agenda for people with disabilities
Institute of Public Care, Oxford Brookes University.  Voluntary Organisations Disability Group, 2010.

In a series of case studies from 10 charities – all of them Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) members – ‘Gain Without Pain’ shows how the innovation and expertise of the voluntary sector can be harnessed to improve public services and save money. The case studies demonstrate that services can be organised around the needs of disabled people in new ways without resorting to the widely expected “slash and burn” approaches to cost-cutting by the public sector.

Engaging Queenslanders: A guide to engaging people with a disability
Brisbane Department of Communities, 2007.

This guide covers engaging people with a disability, highlighting that successful engagement programs involve the families and carers of people with a disability, people who work for disability organisations in a paid or voluntary capacity, public advocates, academics and others with an active interest in disability issues.

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To stand beside: The advocacy for inclusion training manual: Empowering people who support, assist or represent people with intellectual disability.
Stone, Kevin. Fyshwick, ACT:  Stone & Associates, 1999.

This manual is intended to be used in conjunction with advocacy training programs, workshops and seminars.  It is aimed at independent voluntary and paid advocates and those who might have an indirect role in advocating the interests of people with a disability, such as people working in social and community welfare agencies, residential support services, as well as people with a disability and family members.  The content is broken into 6 sections – power, mission, vision, roles, skills, methods.

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