Center Update

TransCen’s Mid-Atlantic ADA Center: Five More Years

TransCen, Inc. has been selected by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) to operate the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center for another five years! We look forward to working together with our partners, networks, associates, and friends throughout the region to provide information, guidance, and training that supports and facilitates the effective implementation of the ADA.

Many of our tried and true programs and services will continue, while new areas of focus and research will enable us to develop outreach methods and strategies, materials and publications, and training events that enhance knowledge and understanding of the ADA.

Our partners at the University of Maryland will be conducting research to help us identify areas of need among ADA stakeholders, including state and local government agencies, businesses, and individuals with disabilities. Research-informed activities can target areas of need and increase opportunities to provide meaningful information and guidance.

Some of our efforts will focus on the needs of specific populations, such as youth and young adults with disabilities preparing to transition to post-secondary education or employment, and elders with disabilities engaging in community activities or employment. Other efforts will focus on the ongoing need for guidance on specific topics, such as customer service issues across a wide variety of businesses and agencies.

Meanwhile, our core services will continue to be available: training activities in various formats, including webinars, webcourses, and in-person events (look for new locations for our popular annual ADA Update conference!) will offer learning opportunities; our websites, e-bulletins, newsletters, and social media activities will help to keep you informed; specialists will continue to be available to answer your specific questions about the ADA and help you find available resources. Contact us with your questions or to find out more about our programs and services! 

ADA Resource Networks: Connect and Learn

Resource Networks logoThe Mid-Atlantic ADA Center’s professional resource networks now have nearly 400 members throughout the region. Network members learn the latest information on the ADA through exclusive webinars and group mailing lists, networking with others who have similar jobs and challenges, and sharing resources and ideas to enhance ADA implementation. We have five networks to address various aspects of the ADA and professional interests:

  • ADA Leadership Network (ADA-LN): A select group of experienced trainers who train on ADA topics
  • Community Partners Network: Advocates and others who are active in their communities in sharing information about the ADA
  • Title II - State and Local Government ADA Network: ADA Coordinators and other professionals in state and local government agencies who work to ensure implementation of the ADA
  • Corrections and Law Enforcement Network: Professionals in law enforcement and corrections charged with ensuring implementation of the ADA in their agencies and facilities
  • Transit Network: ADA Coordinators in public transportation agencies who share unique concerns in implementing the ADA

Recent network activities include the Leadership Network’s annual face-to-face meeting in conjunction with the annual Mid-Atlantic ADA Update conference. Laura Owens, President of TransCen, spoke about the importance of the work ADA trainers do in implementing the ADA. The ADA-LN added two new groups of trainers to the evergrowing list of members.

The Title II Network discussed complex program access issues during an interactive webinar, and the Community Partners Network shared activities, ideas, and strategies on promoting disability awareness during a webinar in December.

The Network listservs give members a great opportunity to share events, news, and resources. Membership is free, but requires application. Get more information or find out how to join the Mid-Atlantic ADA Resource Networks.