ADA National Network Research
Each of the 10 regional ADA Centers conducts research on various aspects of ADA implementation, employment, community integration, and other disability issues. Visit the ADA National Network to connect to other regional ADA Centers and learn more about their research projects.
Mid-Atlantic ADA Center Research
2016 - 2021
These Mid-Atlantic ADA Center research projects are conducted in collaboration with the University of Maryland, College Park:
ADA Compliance: An Exploration of Barriers and How Individuals Gain Information on the ADA
This project conducted focus groups with youth with disabilities and older adults with disabilities, in order to identify barriers to ADA compliance encountered by these groups, particularly in relation to employment and community participation. Read more about the research and findings in these articles and reports:
Local Government Implementation of the ADA: An Exploration of Activities and Factors Affecting Statutory Compliance
This study analyzed implementation and compliance issues to inform the development of training and resource materials, fact sheets, and technical assistance activities.
Together with C5 Consulting, LLC, we conducted a survey of employers in the Mid-Atlantic region to find out more about their practices and their needs related to recruiting, hiring, accommodating, and retaining qualified workers with disabilities:
We continue to develop training and materials to respond to employers' needs. Employers can also find resources on inclusive employment practices on our employers' page.
2001 - 2016
The Mid Atlantic ADA Center research project on employment was conducted by the University of Maryland, College Park. The goal of the research was to develop a model depicting individual, organizational, and environmental factors affecting the provision of reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities. The research activities included a comprehensive literature review, in-depth interviews, focus groups, and a preliminary test of the proposed model designed to benefit both employers and individuals with disabilities in their awareness, knowledge and understanding of reasonable accommodation in the workplace.
The comprehensive Annotated Bibliography of Reasonable Accommodation Literature includes brief descriptions of a wide range of research projects.