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Episode 119 Resources: Celebrate the ADA! Learn about ADA National Network and NIDILRR

Release Date: Wednesday – July 5, 2023
Archive Episode 119: Celebrate the ADA! Learn about ADA National Network and NIDILRR

Description
On a warm summer day in July 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law. The ADA informs the public, businesses, and other organizations about their responsibilities and rights under the ADA. A national network of 10 regional ADA Centers, including the Southeast ADA Center, was created by Congress in 1991. The Southeast ADA Center serves eight states in the U.S. Southeast region. The ADA National Network is funded by a grant from the federal government’s primary disability research organization, the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

Join our celebration of the 33rd anniversary of the ADA with our guest, Shelley Reeves, the ADA National Network Program Coordinator and Section 21 Program Coordinator for NIDILRR. On this episode we will learn more about NIDILLR’s mission, projects and programs that help each regional ADA Center in the ADA National Network serve and support diverse communities of people with disabilities and other ADA stakeholders throughout the United States.

Guest: Shelley Reeves, ADA National Network Program Coordinator and Section 21 Program Coordinator for the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)
Moderator and Host: Pam Williamson, Assistant Project Director of the Southeast ADA Center

Contents

Learn about NIDILRR

Resources and Projects of NIDILRR

  • NIDILRR Publications and Other Resources
    Link: acl.gov/aging-and-disability-in-america/data-and-research/nidilrr-publications-and-resources
  • NIDILRR Projects
    Learn more about NIDILRR’s programs, research summaries, performance and evaluation of research, and data collection projects. The 10 regional ADA Centers in the ADA National Network are funded by federal grants, so they are called “NIDILRR grantees.”
    Link: acl.gov/programs/research-and-development
  • Section 21 Program
    Under the Rehabilitation Act, this program requires NIDILRR to help traditionally underserved populations.
    Link: acl.gov/programs/disability-and-rehabilitation-research-program/section-21-program
  • University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs)
    UCEDDs connect universities and the larger community. They are a nationwide network of independent but interlinked centers for addressing issues, finding solutions, and advancing research related to the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
    Link: acl.gov/programs/aging-and-disability-networks/national-network-university

Reports, Evaluations, and Plans of NIDILRR

  • NIDILRR Annual Report
    View annual reports about NIDILRR programs and their research results.
    Link: acl.gov/programs/research-and-development/nidilrr-annual-report
  • NIDILRR External Evaluation
    Learn about an external evaluation of NIDILRR and its grantees.
    Link: acl.gov/programs/research-and-development/nidilrr-external-evaluation
  • NIDILRR Performance and Evaluation
    Learn about NIDILRR performance measures, tracking grantee progress, and annual reporting.
    Link: acl.gov/programs/research-and-development/nidilrr-performance-and-evaluation
  • NIDILRR Draft Long-Range Plan for 2018-2023 [PDF]
    NIDILRR is developing a new long-range plan for the years 2024-2028, but it is not ready for public review.
    Link: acl.gov/sites/default/files/news%202017-05/NIDILRR-Long-Range-Plan-DRAFT.pdf
  • NIDILRR Long Range Plan 2024-2028 [PDF]
    Released in January 2024
    Link: acl.gov/sites/default/files/about-acl/2024-01/ACL_Final%20Transmitted_NIDILRR%20LRP%202024-2028.pdf

Learn About the ADA National Network

  • What is the ADA National Network? |Version en Espanol
    Funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), the network consists of 10 Regional ADA Centers located throughout the United States and an ADA Knowledge Translation Center (ADAKTC). Website content is also available in Spanish.
    English Website: adata.org/national-network
    Spanish Website: adata.org/national-network-spFor answers to your ADA questions:

  • Projects of the ADA National Network
    The ADA National Network has 10 Regional Centers so that each region can serve and support diverse communities of people with disabilities and other ADA stakeholders throughout the country. The Regional Centers often work together and with other partners and disability rights groups on projects of national importance. Contact your regional ADA Center for more information.
    Link: adata.org/national-network-projects
  • Press Release: ACL Announces ADA Regional Network Grantees
    Date: August 31, 2021
    Link: acl.gov/news-and-events/announcements/acl-announces-ada-regional-network-grantees-1

Webinar Series from ADA National Network

Webcourses and Online Learning from ADA National Network

Audio Podcast Series from ADA National Network

Selected ADA Resources from the ADA National Network

Partners of the ADA National Network