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Please check our "Get Involved" section for more volunteer opportunities. Also check the "News" section for upcoming events!


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Contact Us

Allison Carey, Director
Disability Studies Minor
102 Wright Hall

Shippensburg University
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257-2299


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Get Involved


People Involved Equally (PIE) –  a student club with a mission to socialize with adults with developmental disabilities who reside in the community, offering social opportunities, peer support, and assistance in working towards individually-identified goals. Students from all majors and colleges are welcome! This group meets weekly (every Tuesday from 6:00 pm- 7:30 pm) at Heiges Field House room 230! A semester long commitment is required. Contact faculty advisor, Cheryl Zaccagnini, atCHZacc@ship.edu or President Sarah Jablonski sj2433@ship.edu if you have any interest in the club. 

Inclusive Basketball – offers opportunities for everyone and anyone to engage in a fun game of basketball regardless of age or ability. A great opportunity to meet people across abilities and have some fun. Inclusive Basketball meets weekly on Saturdays in Henderson Gym. People are welcome to come just once or make a longer commitment. Students from all majors and colleges are welcome! Inclusive Basketball is held in Henderson gym from 11:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. on the following dates: January (31), February (7, 21, 28), March (21, 28), April (18, 25).  Contact President, Angela Pagliaro,ap8904@ship.edu

Special Olympics Swimming – trains people with disabilities in swimming. Volunteers can coach, swim as a buddy, and/or offer enthusiastic support. Volunteers do not have to be trained swimmers. Special Olympics meets on Thursdays from 6:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M. at Heiges Field House, and volunteers are expected to make a steady commitment. Students from all majors and colleges are welcome! The contacts for Special Olympics swim are Jen Flinchbaugh, at jf2085@ship.edu, and Evan Wentzel, at ew4846@gmail.com

Disability Awareness Club – this is a student group in formation which will focus on promoting Disability Awareness and addressing barriers students with disabilities face on campus. Students from all majors and colleges are welcome, and one does not need to have a disability to join. Contact Dr. Carey at accare@ship.edu

Student Council for Exceptional Children--Join CEC and get the professional development, resources and peer-to-peer support you need to meet today's new challenges in special and gifted education with confidence and make a difference for children and youth with disabilities and gifts and talents. The first meeting is on Tuesday, September 23rd 5:45-6:45 P.M., in Shippen 224. At the meeting there will be pizza, beverages, information, and PACEC Region 4 representative, Amanda Casale will be in present to discuss CEC and giveaways. In addition, officers will need to be chosen. This is open to all education ug and graduate students, disability studies minors, and any faculty or other professional. SU Chapter 0257 is looking forward to your attendance at this meeting and learning at the Council for Exceptional Children, PA CEC and SU CEC. For more information about the CEC, visit their webpage at http://community.cec.sped.org/PA/HOME 


Muscular Dystrophy Association: Summer Camp Counselors Needed -- The Muscular Dystrophy Association is again looking for volunteer counselors for our annual summer camp, scheduled this year for June 13-June 20, 2015 at Gretna Glen campground in Lebanon. Counselors are paired with campers one-on-one for the entire week, assisting them with daily living activities, and - most importantly – making sure they have a great time during their most anticipated week of the year. Counselors must be at least 16, complete an application and be interviewed prior to being selected to volunteer at camp. All counselors undergo a thorough orientation and are teamed with experienced returning “cabin leaders.” Camp is for many counselors a life-changing experience that keeps them coming back to MDA camp summer after summer.Interested potential counselors can contact Ed Granger at (717) 5404316 or by email at egranger@mdausa.org for more information or to request an application. Additional information can also be found at the MDA website: http://www.mda.org/clinics/camp/.

AYSO VIP Soccer – This is an inclusive soccer league open to players of all ages and abilities. Volunteers can serve as coaches, refs, buddies, trainers, or just play. This is a new opportunity in Shippensburg. For more information, contact Jerry Carbo at jacarbo@ship.edu

The Arc of Franklin and Fulton Counties--The Arc of Franklin & Fulton Counties works toward the goal of having people with developmental disabilities fully participate in civil, social, educational, health and employment activities in the communities in which they reside, with the opportunity to grow to their fullest potential in every way.Volunteers are essential to maintaining the everyday operations of the Arc. Volunteers are needed to help in the office, by being a board member, assisting with fundraisers and other projects. Also, by hosting or attending a social. Specifically, the Arc would love volunteers to help with their fundraising events and their monthly socials that take place the 3rd Thursday of every month at Saint Paul United Methodist Church in Chambersburg. For more information, contact Lorrie Miller, at 717-264-4390, extension 101. 

Reins of Rhythm Riding and Horsemanship--Reins of Rhythm is a riding and horsemanship program based in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. They are a non-profit organization reaching out to local young people, joining able-bodied, special needs, and disadvantaged youth in a shared love and appreciation for horses as athletes, companions, and therapy partners. This program would love volunteers to help with events. If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, please contact info@reinsofrhythm.org and visit the Reins of Rhythm webpage at http://www.reinsofrhythm.org/. In addition to contacting via email, prospective volunteers should visit the program page and fill out a volunteer form. 

Pennsylvania Center for Adapted Sports--Disabled Sports USA’s mission is to provide national leadership and opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in community sports, recreation and educational programs. For more information, visit their webpage at http://www.disabledsportsusa.org/chapters/pennsylvania-center-for-adapted-sports/. If you are interested in volunteering for this organization, please contact Jeff McGinnis at pcas@centeronline.com

There are many disability-related agencies in the area that could also use volunteers. See the resources page for a listing.