Monday, July 21, 2008

Did you hear...ADA

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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

for more information:

O'Brien, R. (2004). Voices from the edge: Narrative about the Americans with Disabilities Act. New York: Oxford University Press.

Mezey, S. G. (2005). Disabling interpretations: the Americans with Disabilities Act in federal court. Pittsburgh, Pa: University of Pittsburgh Press.

Online Resources:

Indiana ADA Resources:
ADA-Indiana ( ) ADA-Indiana promotes the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act in Indiana. The committee consists of representatives from the private sector, state agencies, universities, disability organizations, and disability advocates. It is funded through the Indiana Governor's Council for People with Disabilities and Great Lakes ADA Center (in Chicago).

Some of their activities
  • Community ADA Implementation Projects. This is an annual competitive grants program that ADA-Indiana makes available to Indiana organizations. These grants have been used over the course of several years to provide funding for local community activities such as providing ADA training to businesses and local governments, making local transportation systems more usable for people with disabilities, and many others.
  • Monthly ADA Audio Conferences. ADA-Indiana's Audio Conference Series is monthly training opportunity that is supported in three communities: Bloomington, Gary, and Indianapolis. The sessions are one hour and a half in length and feature an expert on a topic related to the ADA each month. These audio conferences are free and open to the public.

  • Annual ADA Celebration. Each year ADA-Indiana observes the Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act by planning and coordinating a Celebration on, or around, the 26th of July. This year ADA-Indiana will commemorate the 18th Anniversary on Friday, July 25th by hosting a workshop for disability advocates on voting and the ADA in Bloomington, Indianapolis, Muncie, and New Albany.

Visit ADA-Indiana's website for more information on these activities or just to keep up-to-date on the ADA.

DBTAC: Great Lakes ADA Center ( The Great Lakes ADA Center is one of the ten (10) Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers that are funded by National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research to provide training, technical assistance, and conduct research on the ADA. They serve Indiana and the surrounding states. If you call the toll-free number, 1-800-949-4232, you will talk to a technical assistance specialist (usually Peter Berg, who is the Project Coordinator for Technical Assistance,) who will be able to assist you with your ADA question. While they have been working to build up their distance education offerings - webcasts, audio conferences; Great Lakes is very active in Indiana - doing onsite trainings for local communities and participating as speakers and panelists in conferences.

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