Building Community Resources Project

The major goal of this Project was to promote the participation of young children with identified disabilities in everyday, typically occurring community activities. The project was funded, in part, by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (H024B60119).


Journal Articles

Dunst, C. J., Herter, S., Shields, H., & Bennis, L. (2001). Mapping community-based natural learning opportunities. Young Exceptional Children, 4(4), 16-24.

Dunst, C. J., Herter, S., & Shields, H. (2000). Interest-based natural learning opportunities. In S. Sandall & M. Ostrosky (Eds.), Natural environments and inclusion (Young Exceptional Children Monograph Series No. 2) (pp. 37-48). Longmont, CO: Sopris West.

Umstead, S., Boyd, K., & Dunst, C. J. (1995). Building community resources: Enabling inclusion in community programs and activities. Exceptional Parent, 25(7), 36-37.


Book Chapters

Dunst, C. J. (2001). Participation of young children with disabilities in community learning activities. In M. J. Guralnick (Ed.), Early childhood inclusion: Focus on change (pp. 307-333). Baltimore, MD: Brookes.


Practice Guides

Davis, M. S., Bennis, L. A., & Dunst, C. J. (2000). My child's asset portfolio. Asheville, NC: Winterberry Press.



Bennis, L. A., & Dunst, C. J. (2000, December). Mapping and promoting child participation in community learning activities. Paper presented at annual meeting of the DEC International Early Childhood Conference on Children with Special Needs, Albuquerque, NM.

Dunst, C. J. (1998, July). Identifying and building on child, family and community assets. Paper presented at the Hilton Head Summer Institute, Hilton Head, SC.