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ADA Technical Assistance Programs.

New England ADA National Network Regional Center - Region I.
Institute for Human Centered Design, Inc..
200 Portland Street, First Floor.
Boston, MA  02114.

E-mail: adainfo@newenglandada.org.
URL(s): http://www.NewEnglandADA.org.
Principal Investigator: Valerie Fletcher.
Public Contact Phone: 800/949-4232 (V/TTY in CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, and VT), 617/695-1225 (V/TTY).
Fax: 617/482-8099.
Project Number: H133A110028.
Start Date: October 1, 2011.
Length: 60 months.
NIDRR Officer: Brian Bard.
NIDRR Funding: FY 11 $1,000,000; FY 12 $1,000,000; FY 13 $1,000,000; FY 14 $1,000,000; FY 15 $1,000,000.
Abstract: The New England ADA Center meets the growing demands and complex challenges of providing outreach, training, technical assistance, information dissemination, and capacity building through Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) network services. These services are tailored to meet the needs and preferences of people with rights and responsibilities under the ADA. Services include information and training for individual, business, and government needs at the local, regional, and national levels. To increase capacity building among priority audiences, the Center expands ADA network services with the following initiatives beyond the core services: (1) a set of new digital and interactive information tools that integrate recent ADA changes (Title II Action Guide, Title III Action Guide); (2) five new distance learning courses in the format of web-based multi-media courses; and (3) new, in-person training packages related to accessible information and communication technology. The center addresses persistent gaps in the field in collaboration with the IHCD Studio that includes: (1) field-based training for cities and towns, (2) an eight-unit comprehensive course on ADA-accessible design for architects and designers, and (3) a hands-on training program for people with disabilities and other accessibility advocates on how to read an architectural drawing to check for compliance.
Descriptors: Accessibility, ADA, Education, Employment, Technical assistance, Universal design.


Northeast ADA National Network Regional Center - Region II.
Cornell University.
201 Dolgen Hall.
Ithaca, NY  14853-3901.

E-mail: northeastada@cornell.edu.
URL(s): http://www.northeastada.org.
Principal Investigator: Wendy Strobel Gower, Project Director.
Public Contact Phone: 800/949-4232 (V/TTY in NY, NJ, PR, and VI), 607/255-6751.
Fax: 607/255-2763.
Project Number: H133A110020.
Start Date: October 1, 2011.
Length: 60 months.
NIDRR Officer: Brian Bard.
NIDRR Funding: FY 11 $1,112,165; FY 12 $1,112,165; FY 13 $1,112,165; FY 14 $1,112,165; FY 15 $1,112,165.
Abstract: The Northeast ADA Center at Cornell University provides a series of training programs, an extensive set of dissemination activities, and ongoing, on-demand technical assistance to inform Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) stakeholders in federal Region II (New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) of their rights and responsibilities under all titles of this law. The center provides a comprehensive series of five training sessions, four dissemination activities, three technical assistance components, and three collaboration projects. Additionally the center conducts rigorous training with a network of new and advanced trainers; develops an online ADA-focused curriculum; develops online tools for mid-level managers and supervisors; educates on the ADA, and new DOJ and EEOC regulations; addresses emerging issues including veterans, emergency management, and IT accessibility; and offers continued on-demand training. Information dissemination via the web, e-mail, and phone complements the above training activities, while also focusing on maximizing outreach to diverse stakeholders. The goal of this center is to expand the availability and accessibility of information on the ADA, while building the capacity of networks of stakeholders to make use of this information with a long-term goal of increasing inclusion and integration of individuals with disabilities in all economic and social areas of everyday life.
Descriptors: Accessibility, ADA, Assistive technology, Employment, Postsecondary education, Technical assistance.


Mid-Atlantic ADA National Network Regional Center - Region III.
TransCen, Inc..
401 North Washington Street, Suite 450.
Rockville, MD  20850.

E-mail: adainfo@transcen.org.
URL(s): http://www.adainfo.org.
Principal Investigator: Richard G. Luecking, PhD.
Public Contact Phone: 800/949-4232 (V/TTY, in DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, and WV), 301/217-0124 (V/TTY).
Fax: 301/217-0754.
Project Number: H133A110017.
Start Date: October 1, 2011.
Length: 60 months.
NIDRR Officer: Brian Bard.
NIDRR Funding: FY 11 $1,110,141; FY 12 $1,110,141; FY 13 $1,110,141; FY 14 $1,110,141; FY 15 $1,110,141.
Abstract: The Mid-Atlantic ADA Center (Region III) identifies and implements a variety of approaches designed to assist individuals with disabilities in gaining improved access to employment and other areas of community life. The Mid-Atlantic ADA Center implements an operational plan of specific objectives and tasks associated with four major project goals: (1) improving the understanding by individuals and entities of their rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); (2) building the capacity of local and state entities to provide training, technical assistance, and information dissemination on ADA-related topics; (3) improving employment and other life outcomes of individuals with disabilities; and (4) increasing access by individuals with disabilities to lodging, restaurant, and other services from, as well as employment opportunities within, the hospitality industry. Project activities include: (1) training, technical assistance, and information dissemination to general ADA constituencies on all titles of the act; (2) outreach to individual statewide coalitions, AT consortiums, and regional training networks to increase the capacity of other organizations to provide locally focused training, technical assistance, and dissemination of all titles of the ADA; (3) identification of problematic areas where research and informational campaigns might aid in the avoidance of, or solutions to, problems associated with the access to programs, services, and facilities; and (4) research on organizational and individual factors that affect decisions to provide reasonable accommodations and result in employment outcomes.
Descriptors: Accessibility, ADA, Employment, Technical assistance.


Southeast ADA National Network Regional Center - Region IV.
Syracuse University.
1419 Mayson Street.
Atlanta, GA  30324.

E-mail: adasoutheast@law.syr.edu.
URL(s): http://www.adasoutheast.org.
Principal Investigator: Peter D. Blanck, PhD, JD.
Public Contact Phone: 800/949-4232 (V/TTY, in AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, and TN), 404/541-9001 (V/TTY).
Fax: 404/541-9002.
Project Number: H133A110021.
Start Date: October 1, 2011.
Length: 60 months.
NIDRR Officer: Shelley Reeves.
NIDRR Funding: FY 11 $1,241,643; FY 12 $1,242,940; FY 13 $1,244,127; FY 14 $1,242,860; FY 15 $1,243,316.
Abstract: The Southeast ADA Center Consortium consists of over 100 organizations and entities across 8 states representing all Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) stakeholders, including people with disabilities, businesses, state and local government agencies, service providers, vocational rehabilitation agencies, and others. The Southeast ADA Center: (1) facilitates implementation of and compliance with the ADA through training, technical assistance, and broad dissemination of accurate, timely information; (2) conducts outreach to a diverse audience of stakeholders; (3) builds the ADA knowledge and implementation capacity of the state and local affiliates; and (4) advances the social, civic, and economic participation of people with disabilities through targeted outreach, knowledge translation, and capacity building in the region. The Center improves understanding by ADA stakeholders of their rights and responsibilities under the ADA, related laws and improves knowledge about evidence-based best practices for advancing civil rights and increasing disability equality using a Knowledge-to-Action-based framework for knowledge translation that incorporates outreach, training, dissemination, technical assistance, and capacity-building to the next level and ensures behavioral and practice-oriented changes by ADA stakeholders. A comprehensive plan of continuous quality improvement and evaluation tracks these mid-term outcomes to demonstrate change across the region.
Descriptors: Accessibility, ADA, Employment, Participation, Technical assistance, Training.


Pacific ADA National Network Regional Center - Region IX.
Public Health Institute.
555 12th Street, Suite 1030.
Oakland, CA  94607-4046.

E-mail: adatech@adapacific.com.
URL(s): http://www.adapacific.org.
Principal Investigator: Erica C. Jones, MPH.
Public Contact Phone: 800/949-4232 (V/TTY, in AZ, CA, HI, NV, and the Pacific Basin), 510/285-5600 (V/TTY).
Fax: 510/285-5614.
Project Number: H133A110024.
Start Date: October 1, 2011.
Length: 60 months.
NIDRR Officer: Shelley Reeves.
NIDRR Funding: FY 11 $1,246,000; FY 12 $1,246,000; FY 13 $1,246,000; FY 14 $1,246,000; FY 15 $1,246,000.
Abstract: The Pacific ADA Center implements an integrated, multi-dimensional initiative that facilitates enhanced awareness, understanding, compliance, and implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in all states and territories within the region. The program places special emphasis on collaborations by expanding the existing Pacific Region ADA Network of affiliate and local community organizations to maximize meeting the grassroots-level needs of ADA stakeholders (such as employers, businesses, state and local governments, and individuals with disabilities), as well as the development of resources in the emerging areas of accessible information technology and emergency preparedness. Pacific ADA Center goals include: (1) improving understanding regarding rights and responsibilities and implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended (ADA), the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and corresponding regulations for Title I from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the regulations for Title II and III of the ADA published by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2010, as well as emerging compliance issues in information technologies and emergency preparedness, and continuing developments in ADA case law, policy, and implementation through comprehensive training, dissemination, and technical assistance activities to individuals with rights and responsibilities under the ADA; (2) improving understanding of ADA stakeholders’ needs for, and receipt of, Region IX services over time through data entry and analysis of Center activities in conjunction with the ADA National Network made up of the ADA Knowledge Translation (KT) Center and other ADA Regional Centers; and (3) enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of ADA information dissemination, awareness, and referral activities by establishing effective, coordinated local, regional, and national resource networks, including by partnering with the ADA KT Center and other regional ADA Centers to develop, implement, and evaluate materials, products, trainings, and services that are useful to ADA stakeholders. The Pacific ADA Center conducts a comprehensive evaluation that monitors the quality, scope, and effectiveness of all Center programs and activities, including a quantitative evaluation program that tracks programmatic outputs related to Center services, and a qualitative evaluation program designed to assess the impacts and outcomes of its work.
Descriptors: Accessibility, ADA, Community living, Employment, Technical assistance.


Great Lakes ADA National Network Regional Center - Region V.
University of Illinois at Chicago.
1640 West Roosevelt Road, Room 405.
Chicago, IL  60608-6904.

E-mail: adata@adagreatlakes.org.
URL(s): http://www.adagreatlakes.org
http://www.ada-audio.org
http://www.accessibilityonline.org
http://www.accessibletech.org
http://www.adacaselaw.org
http://www.adatraining.org
http://www.adaconferences.org
http://www.qiat-ps.org.
Principal Investigator: Robin A. Jones.
Public Contact Phone: 800/949-4232 (V/TTY, in IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI), 312/413-1407 (V/TTY).
Fax: 312/413-1856.
Project Number: H133A110029.
Start Date: October 1, 2011.
Length: 60 months.
NIDRR Officer: Shelley Reeves.
NIDRR Funding: FY 11 $1,246,000; FY 12 $1,246,000; FY 13 $1,246,000; FY 14 $1,246,000; FY 15 $1,246,000.
Abstract: The Great Lakes ADA Center promotes awareness and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Project goals and objectives center on the provision of high quality, timely, and accurate technical assistance, training, and material dissemination to identified target audiences. The Great Lakes ADA Center provides responsive and proactive services utilizing a comprehensive service delivery model. The technical assistance, training, and information needs of the individual and their families, employers, business, government, educational entities, design professionals, and disabled veterans employment programs are part of an ongoing needs assessment, and programs and activities are tailored accordingly. Project activities and goals include: (1) operation of a toll-free number and use of current and emerging technologies for information and referral; (2) enhancement of the Center’s existing regional network of individuals and organizations who can provide on-site consultation, technical assistance, and training as needed; (3) conducting and sponsoring training events and activities at the local, state, and regional level focused on raising awareness of the ADA; (4) development and dissemination of technical assistance and training products and tools that are evidence based; (5) identification and dissemination of best practices related to the recruitment, hiring, and retention of qualified individuals with disabilities by employers and employment training programs; (6) promotion of the acquisition and utilization of accessible information technology by employers, business, government, and educational institutions; and (7) utilization of existing and emerging technology to promote the exchange of information including websites, list servs, e-newsletters, mobile applications, social media, multi-faceted distance learning strategies and techniques, self-paced learning, and web-based assessment tools. Through partnerships and collaboration at the local, state, regional, and national level, the Center maximizes resources ensuring that a high quality and quantity of activity occurs.
Descriptors: Accessibility, ADA, Business, Employment, Postsecondary education, Technical assistance, Training.


Southwest ADA National Network Regional Center - Region VI.
The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR).
1333 Moursund Street
2nd Floor - ILRU Dept..
Houston, TX  77030.

E-mail: swdbtac@ilru.org.
URL(s): http://www.southwestada.org.
Principal Investigator: Lex Frieden, LLD.
Public Contact Phone: 800/949-4232 (V/TTY, in AR, LA, NM, OK, and TX), 713/520-0232 (V), 713/520-5136 (TTY).
Fax: 713/520-5785.
Project Number: H133A110027.
Start Date: October 1, 2011.
Length: 60 months.
NIDRR Officer: Shelley Reeves.
NIDRR Funding: FY 11 $1,110,822; FY 12 $1,110,958; FY 13 $1,110,458; FY 14 $1,111,192; FY 15 $1,111,032.
Abstract: The Southwest ADA Center at ILRU provides outreach, training, technical assistance, information, dissemination, and capacity building to the target population of individuals and entities with rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), including local, regional, and national groups representing stakeholders. Special target audiences include: minority individuals with disabilities, postsecondary institutions, small businesses, veterans with disabilities, individuals newly covered by the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008, employers, hospitality industry, and emergency preparedness professionals. The purpose of the Southwest ADA Center is to maximize the full inclusion and integration into society of individuals with disabilities, especially individuals with severe disabilities, and to improve services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act. The goal of the Center is to improve understanding by stakeholders of their rights and responsibilities under the ADA by implementing a sustained program of ADA Network Services, which include: (1) high impact training at national, regional, state, and local levels with a large cadre of experienced, qualified, and well-trained instructors using the highest quality training materials vetted by the ADA Knowledge Translation (KT) Center, other ADA Centers, affiliates, trainers, and targeted stakeholders, including materials from U.S. Departments of Justice and Education, other ADA Centers, federally funded projects, and ILRU; (2) dissemination of knowledge about the rights and responsibilities of the ADA utilizing technology ranging from print mail to the latest popular social media tools and networking websites to reach the broadest audiences; (3) timely, relevant, accurate technical assistance activities that respond to the needs of individuals and entities that are well-managed, appropriately staffed, and evaluated regularly to identify trends to improve future services; (4) a collaborating group of 55+ experienced, skilled, and well-respected individuals and organizations from Region VI and around the country to assist ILRU’s highly skilled and experienced personnel in delivering proposed services to targeted stakeholders; (6) collaboration with the ADA KT Center to record and analyze data about stakeholder requests for information and services; and (7) enhancement of efficiency and effectiveness of the overall ADA Network Services by partnering with ADA KT Center and Regional Centers to develop and distribute products and services relevant to ADA stakeholders in multiple regions.
Descriptors: Accessibility, ADA, Community integration, Employment, Postsecondary education, Technical assistance.


Great Plains ADA National Network Regional Center - Region VII.
University of Missouri at Columbia.
100 Corporate Lake Drive.
Columbia, MO  65203.

E-mail: ada@missouri.edu.
URL(s): http://www.gpadacenter.org.
Principal Investigator: Jim de Jong, Project Director.
Public Contact Phone: 800/949-4232 (V/TTY, in IA, KS, MO, and NE), 573/882-3600 (V/TTY).
Fax: 573/884-4925.
Project Number: H133A110022.
Start Date: October 1, 2011.
Length: 60 months.
NIDRR Officer: Shelley Reeves.
NIDRR Funding: FY 11 $1,000,000; FY 12 $1,000,000; FY 13 $999,999; FY 14 $1,000,000; FY 15 $1,000,000.
Abstract: The Great Plains ADA Center continues to expand services as the ADA National Network Regional Center for federal Region VII, serving Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska. The mission of the Center is to ensure the full opportunity for participation of persons with disabilities and their families in all facets of American life by providing professional-quality services to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) stakeholders. Target populations include all entities and individuals with disability-related issues that have rights and responsibilities under the ADA. The Great Plains ADA Center: (1) implements a sustained program of outreach, training, technical assistance, information dissemination, and capacity building (collectively ADA Network Services); (2) provides information to ADA stakeholders on both longstanding ADA requirements as well as the ADA Amendments Act, the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design, and subsequent judicial/regulatory changes; (3) identifies best practices through collaborative initiatives addressing emerging critical issues such as Olmstead implementation, emergency preparedness, and the professionalization of ADA Coordinators; (4) sponsors the National ADA Symposium, which offers a comprehensive matrix of training opportunities presented by nationally recognized authorities and experts in their fields; and (5) partners with the ADA Network Knowledge Translation Center and other ADA Regional Centers to develop, provide, and distribute ADA training and technical assistance materials and other informational products and services. Through a collaborative structure of partnerships with local, regional and national organizations, the Center provides core service delivery of ADA knowledge to the stakeholders of Region VII.
Descriptors: Accessibility, ADA, Conferences, Independent living, Technical assistance.


Rocky Mountain ADA National Network Regional Center - Region VIII.
Meeting the Challenge, Inc..
3630 Sinton Road, Suite 103.
Colorado Springs, CO  80907-5072.

E-mail: rstafford@mtc-inc.com.
URL(s): http://www.adainformation.org.
Principal Investigator: Rachael Stafford, Project Director.
Public Contact Phone: 800/949-4232 (V/TTY, in CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, and WY), 719/444-0268 (V/TTY).
Fax: 719/444-0269.
Project Number: H133A110018.
Start Date: October 1, 2011.
Length: 60 months.
NIDRR Officer: Pimjai Sudsawad, ScD.
NIDRR Funding: FY 11 $1,000,000; FY 12 $1,000,000; FY 13 $1,000,000; FY 14 $1,000,000; FY 15 $1,000,000.
Abstract: The Rocky Mountain ADA Center provides information, guidance, and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) tailored to meet the needs of individuals and organizations in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. The Center presents a comprehensive program of training, dissemination, and technical assistance activities designed to move toward full implementation of the ADA throughout the region. The Center continues its program of technical assistance based on the concept of mass customization to address the specific needs of stakeholders across the region. The training program takes advantage of technology and customized curricula to ensure maximum impact of training activities. Dissemination efforts provide tailored materials that offer actionable information for the specific needs of stakeholders. The Center also has an extensive plan of evaluation and ongoing regional needs assessment research to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of the ADA Network services.
Descriptors: Accessibility, ADA, Employment, Evidence-based practice, Materials dissemination, Technical assistance, Training.


Northwest ADA National Network Regional Center - Region X.
University of Washington.
6912 220th Street SW, Suite 105.
Mountlake Terrace, WA  98043.

E-mail: nwadactr@uw.edu.
URL(s): http://www.nwadacenter.org.
Principal Investigator: Kathe Matrone, PhD.
Public Contact Phone: 800/949-4232 (V/TTY, AK, ID, OR, and WA), 425/248-2480 (V).
Fax: 425/774-9303.
Project Number: H133A110015.
Start Date: October 1, 2011.
Length: 60 months.
NIDRR Officer: Shelley Reeves.
NIDRR Funding: FY 11 $1,000,000; FY 12 $1,000,000; FY 13 $1,000,000; FY 14 $1,000,000; FY 15 $1,000,000.
Abstract: The purpose of the ADA National Network Regional Center – Region X (Northwest ADA Center) is to provide a sustained program of outreach, training, technical assistance, information dissemination, and capacity building to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) stakeholders in Region X. These ADA Network Services assist any individual or entity with rights and responsibilities under the ADA in understanding those rights and responsibilities. These services address established ADA requirements, more recent legislative and regulatory changes, as well as information in emerging areas. The Northwest ADA Center also participates with the ADA Knowledge Translation Center and other ADA Regional Centers in assessing the needs and documenting the receipt of ADA Network Services, as well as enhancing efficiency and effectiveness of ADA Network Services. The Northwest ADA Center achieves these outcomes through three major delivery strategies: (1) services provided throughout the region (regional office activities), (2) state anchor activities (state partners in AK, ID, OR, WA), and (3) community impact partners (local partners). Project activities within these delivery strategies include: outreach; training; technical assistance; dissemination of information; capacity building; maintaining online resources (i.e. website, databases); developing projects and tools; offering distance education; data analysis and needs determination; and identifying, developing, and maintaining local partnerships and collaborations.
Descriptors: ADA, Technical assistance, Training.


ADA Participation Action Research Consortium.
The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR).
2323 South Shepherd, Suite 1000.
Houston, TX  77030.

E-mail: swdbtac@ilru.org.
URL(s): http://www.ilru.org/html/projects/adaparc/index.html http://centerondisability.org/ada_parc/index.php.
Principal Investigator: Lex Frieden, LLD; Joy Hammel, PhD, OTR/L.
Public Contact Phone: 713/797-7116 (V), 713/520-5136 (TTY).
Fax: 713/520-5785.
Project Number: H133A120008.
Start Date: October 1, 2012.
Length: 60 months.
NIDRR Officer: Pimjai Sudsawad, ScD.
NIDRR Funding: FY 12 $613,091; FY 13 $614,007; FY 14 $613,688; FY 15 $613,828; FY 16 $613,651.
Abstract: This project examines what factors are influencing societal participation of citizens with disabilities within and at community and regional levels. The project conducts multiregional strategic gap analyses across three primary participation areas mandated by the ADA: community living, community participation, and work/economic. This includes mining of existing large population and community datasets to inform the benchmarking of key participation disparities and promising practices at state, regional, and community levels, as well as collecting new individual data with people who are trying to move out of nursing homes and institutions to the community post-ADA and Olmstead Decision to add their participation experiences and issues, a voice that has not been represented in existing ADA and participation research. As a second aim, this consortium of ADA Regional Centers and a network of disability and ADA stakeholders utilizes a participatory Strategic Gap Analysis process to (1) identify key indicators of high priority and high feasibility to collect in communities, (2) create a Community Participation Action Toolkit (CPAT) for assessing these indicators within communities, (3) pilot test this Toolkit within 18 communities across 6 collaborating ADA Center regions, (4) analyze results and translate back to communities in the form of benchmarking reports, and (5) create a toolkit of resources to accompany CPAT for both ADA Centers and community stakeholders to plan initiatives in their communities to reduce disparities and increase full participation. The aim is to create a tool and a systematic process for assessing community participation at the community level that could be shared with communities via the ADA Center collaboration, and formally linked to ADA Center information resources and technical assistance, as well as future participatory research initiatives.
Descriptors: ADA, Community integration, Employment, Participation, Technical assistance.


Knowledge Translation.

ADA Network Knowledge Translation Center.
University of Washington.
1959 NE Pacific Street, HSB BB-919
Box 356490.
Seattle, WA  98195.

E-mail: adakt@uw.edu.
URL(s): http://adata.org.
Principal Investigator: Kurt Johnson, PhD.
Public Contact Phone: 206/543-3677.
Fax: 206/543-4779.
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.



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