The Mid-Atlantic ADA Center is one of ten regional centers established to provide training, information, and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to businesses, consumers, schools, and state and local governments.
The Center is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (grant # 90DP0089-01-00). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The Mid-Atlantic ADA Center has a staff of specialists who can answer specific questions on the ADA. Private businesses, individuals with disabilities, employers, architects, local government representatives, and other interested parties can call for guidance and information on what is required, who is covered, and how to work through a disability-related question.
Callers also may order materials from the Center's extensive library of ADA and disability-related publications. These materials include the full regulations, technical assistance manuals, architectural guidelines, easy-to-read fact sheets and summaries, advice on how to make different types of businesses accessible to the public, and employment issues, such as reasonable accommodation. Materials are available in accessible formats such as large print, Braille, tape, and computer disk.
The Mid-Atlantic ADA Center also provides free or low-cost training programs to help employers, service providers and businesses understand and comply with the law. A training or presentation can be tailored to the interests of the audience, and can be a simple overview or an in-depth review of a particular area of the law.
TransCen, Inc., a non-profit organization established in 1986, administers the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center. TransCen is known for its expertise in school to work transition initiatives, training and technical assistance expertise, and advocacy efforts for an inclusive workplace for all individuals. TransCen administers federally and privately-funded research and demonstration projects in school to work transition, school/business partnerships, systems change in education, natural supports in the workplace, and comprehensive case management for youth with severe emotional disabilities.