What is the ADA Trainer Leadership Network?
The ADA Trainer Leadership Network (TLN) is a group of employment counselors, educators, diversity and inclusion coordinators, employers, and independent advocates who use a nationally-vetted curriculum to train individuals, organizations, businesses, and government agencies on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and disability awareness. ADA-TLN members serve as change agents in their communities by staying aware of current events and trends that highlight local needs for training and assistance with ADA implementation. ADA-TLN members receive training on how to use the curriculum as well as professional development support from the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center at TransCen, Inc. which is part of the ADA National Network.
The ADA National Network provides information, guidance and training on how to implement the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in order to support the mission of the ADA to “assure equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities.”
Funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), in the Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the network consists of ten Regional ADA Centers located throughout the United States and an ADA Knowledge Translation Center (ADAKTC).
Each Regional ADA Center focuses on its region’s unique needs. This local focus is critical to ensuring that ADA National Network services meet the needs of a diversity of populations and stakeholders throughout the country.
What types of trainings do TLN members provide?
The curriculum consists of nearly 60 training modules covering an array of topics including overviews of the ADA and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA); disability awareness and respectful communication; the ADA and employment; serving customers with disabilities in public entities and private businesses; and accessible technology. The modules are presented in a variety of formats: PowerPoint presentations, audio/ video clips, games, small and large group activities, and individual reflection; each module is designed to take 10-30 minutes to complete. This means a TLN member in your local area is equipped to customize training to the needs of your organization. For more information and to become part of the ADA-TLN, please contact: ADA-LN@transcen.org.