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ADA Technical Assistance Programs
Americans with Disabilities Act Technical Assistance Programs - Disability and Business Technical and Assistance Centers
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) opens new opportunities for persons with disabilities. It also places new responsibilities on employers, transit and communications systems, state and local governments, and public accommodations. To assist covered parties to understand and comply with the ADA, NIDRR has funded a network of grantees to provide information, training, and technical assistance to businesses and agencies with duties and responsibilities under the ADA and to people with disabilities who have rights under the ADA.
Ten regional Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers (DBTACs) are funded to provide information and referral, technical assistance, public awareness, and training on all aspects of the ADA; six National Training Projects (NTPs) target particular groups, organizations, or subject areas for ADA training; two Community Planning and Research Projects (CPRPs) focus on implementing ADA compliance through developing model community programs; and the ADA Technical Assistance Coordinator contract assists all of NIDRR's ADA technical assistance grantees with their activities. The toll-free number for information, materials, or technical assistance on the ADA is 800/949-4232 (V/TTY). This number will automatically route the DBTAC in the caller's region
The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) of the U.S. Department of Education has established ten regional Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers (DBTACs) to provide information, training, and technical assistance to employers, people with disabilities, and other entities with responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The Centers act as a "one-stop" central, comprehensive resource on ADA issues in employment, public services, public accommodations, and communications. Each center works closely with local business, disability, governmental, rehabilitation, and other professional networks to provide ADA information and assistance, placing special emphasis on meeting the needs of small businesses. Programs vary in each region, but all centers provide the following:
Contact the DBTAC's toll free at 1-800-949-4232 (voice/TTY). Your call will automatically be routed to the DBTAC in your region. For more information, contact Adaptive Environments, Inc. at 374 Congress St., Ste. 301 Boston, MA 02210; 800-893-1225; Ext. 28 (V/TTY). They can also be found on the Internet at http://www.adaptenv.org.
The National Access for Public Schools Project has also been funded by NIDRR to answer questions about the ADA in public schools. For information, contact Adaptive Environments, Inc. at 374 Congress St., Ste. 301 Boston, MA 02210; 800-893-1225; Ext. 28 (V/TTY). They can also be found on the Internet at http://www.adaptenv.org.