Project Type/Research Category: ADA Technical Assistance Projects.
Funding Priority: Knowledge Translation.
For more information on NIDRR's funding priorities, read about NIDRR's Core Areas of Research at http://www.ed.gov/rschstat/research/pubs/core-area.html.
ADA Network Knowledge Translation Center.University of Washington.
1959 NE Pacific Street, HSB BB-919
Seattle, WA 98195.
Principal Investigator: Kurt Johnson, PhD.
Public Contact Phone: 206/543-3677.
Project Number: H133A110014.
Start Date: October 1, 2011.
Length: 60 months.
NIDRR Officer: Pimjai Sudsawad, ScD.
NIDRR Funding: FY 11 $850,000; FY 12 $850,000; FY 13 $850,000; FY 14 $850,000; FY 15 $850,000.
Abstract: The purpose of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Network Knowledge Translation Center (ADA Network-KTC) is to ensure that information and products developed and identified through the ten ADA regional centers are of high quality, based on the best available research evidence, and are deployed effectively to multiple key stakeholders; and to develop processes and technology to facilitate highly collaborative and efficient progress toward accomplishing these goals. Stakeholders include: employers, researchers, educators, policy makers, staff of state and local government agencies, individuals with disabilities, family members, and project staff in the ADA regional centers and other related federal and privately-funded organizations. To achieve this purpose the ADA Network-KT Center has four project goals. Goal 1: Optimize the efficiency and impact of the ADA National Network's training, technical assistance, and information dissemination by: (1) maintaining and further developing the ADA National Network’s website and ADA Document Portal, (2) developing an online system to enable the ADA Regional Centers to share training and technical assistance materials, (3) facilitating joint development of ADA products by the ADA Regional Centers to maximize resources and avoid duplication, and (4) organizing and providing logistical and financial support for annual meetings of the ADA Regional Centers. Goal 2: Increase the use of available ADA-related research findings to inform behavior, practices, or policies that improve equal access in society for individuals with disabilities by: (1) identifying topics of importance to ADA stakeholders in collaboration with the ADA Centers and other key informants and by conducting systematic reviews of the evidence; (2) identifying topics for future research (knowledge gaps) to help individuals understand their rights and responsibilities under ADA; and (3) synthesizing information from systematic reviews, research publications, and expert consensus to develop stakeholder materials. Goal 3: Increase awareness and utilization of ADA-related research findings by appropriate ADA stakeholder groups by: (1) collaborating with the ADA Centers on developing individual KT plans that support a national KT implementation plan for the ADA National Network, and (2) coordinating and hosting one ADA research conference in year 5. Goal 4: Improve understanding of ADA stakeholders' need for and receipt of ADA Network Services over time, including services to address emerging issues related to compliance with ADA requirements by: (1) operating and maintaining the outcome measurement system, (2) collaborating with NIDRR and the ADA Regional Centers to improve usability and accessibility, (3) developing a data sharing plan to facilitate program improvement and research, (4) monitoring data quality and providing training and technical assistance on use of the database, and (5) development and implementation of a system for measuring and tracking outcomes of the ADA National Network.
Descriptors: ADA, Evidence-based practice, Knowledge translation, Policy, Research.
Documents in REHABDATA:
Systematic review project year 1: Scoping review of the ADA: Technical report.
Ten tips for employers: Tapping into the talents of veterans with disabilities.
The Americans with disabilities act questions and answers.