PROJECT TITLE
Northeast ADA Center

OVERVIEW

The goal of the Northeast ADA Center is to educate and empower the diverse range of ADA stakeholders throughout New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to increase their knowledge of the ADA, to support our stakeholders to include people with disabilities in local communities, and to implement the ADA in their own lives, workplaces, businesses and communities.

The Northeast ADA Center provides a variety of trainings, technical assistance, and distributes materials focused on disability-related topics. It is not an enforcement agency and does not provide advocacy services.

PROJECT ACTIVITIES

Outreach: The Northeast ADA's outreach efforts ensure that our stakeholders in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands know of our services and information. The Northeast ADA aims to be the premier resource on the ADA for the region. It is important for our stakeholders to know us and for the Northeast ADA to hear from and share knowledge with those in the area we serve. We seek to connect with stakeholders through our website, social media, public service announcements, tabling events, and sharing ADA related materials upon request.

Information Dissemination: The Northeast ADA provides informational materials in formats that are accessible and address our stakeholders’ needs. We design materials to educate the initial user, to facilitate conversations with people who have rights and/or responsibilities under that law, and to support the implementation of the ADA in local communities through increased knowledge of how to comply with the law and why the law is critical to inclusive communities. We produce fact sheets, best practice and how to guides, infographics, blog posts and, other forms of information sharing.

Technical Assistance on the ADA: Technical Assistance specialists with strong expertise in various facets of the ADA (and other disability-related regulations) respond to direct, on-demand requests from stakeholders, connecting them with targeted resources, referrals and information tailored to their individual questions and concerns on disability-related issues. The Center’s TA specialists strive to provide responses that are immediately applicable to the user’s issue by sharing real-world examples and using plain language in all interactions.

Training: The Northeast ADA offers demand-response as well as targeted trainings on identified needs. We offer demand response trainings based on specific requests by stakeholders in our region. We offer targeted trainings to select stakeholder groups based on identified needs including healthcare, Title I implementation for small employers, and facility access. We deliver in-person trainings as well as online through live and pre-recorded webinars and topical web portals. No matter the format of our training, we work closely with our stakeholders to ensure the content of the training meets the needs of the organization who requests it.

Customized Service Agreement: The Center offers customized service agreements (CSA) to entities/organizations three areas: health care, small business employers (including state and local government employers), and physical access. CSA’s offer intensive sustained support toward a specific pre-identified implementation goal. Services will begin with a purposeful needs assessment to identify the implementation goal followed by a mixed delivery method of outreach, training, information dissemination, and technical assistance The goal of CSA’s is to build participants’ capacity to implement the ADA.

Disability Research: The Northeast ADA Center’s research efforts primary focus is to identify regionally-specific barriers, facilitators, and best practices for implementing Title I (employment) of the ADA in small private and public sector organizations. The Center aims to identify a package of innovative approaches that eliminate or reduce barriers to ADA compliance and support these organizations in maximizing disability inclusive employment practices across New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. As a result of this project, small-business and small public-sector employers will enhance their capacity to implement Title I of the ADA in ways that will result in improved hiring, retention, and experiences of individuals with disabilities in these workplaces.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Phone: 1-800-949-4232

Email: northeastada@cornell.edu

FUNDING AGENCY

National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (NIDILRR grant number 90DP0071-01-00)

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Wendy Strobel Gower

COLLABORATING PARTNERS

The Northeast ADA Center is part of the ADA National Network. Its affiliates include Resources for Independent Living (New Jersey), Movimiento para el Alcance de Vida Independiente (Puerto Rico), and the Disability Rights Center of the Virgin Islands.