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Focus Area


People with disabilities make valuable contributions to their communities. They have the right to full and unrestricted participation in society. Implementation of the American Disabilities Act (ADA) and new assistive technologies are helping make this a reality.

PHI provides information and referral, training, consultation and technical assistance to businesses, governments and the disability community to improve the lives of those with disabilities. PHI develops and tests innovative assistive and instructional technologies and works to promote better use of existing technologies.

Supported by a diverse group of funders, PHI offers technical expertise on a broad range of disabilities issues.

Download PHI's Work in Disabilities: Examples of Impact.


Center on Disability

The Center on Disability at the Public Health Institute is dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities with a focus on disability policy, civil rights, disability law, employment, health issues, independent living, and assistive technology. The Center on Disability is composed of disability-related projects with expertise in research, technical assistance, training and information dissemination.

Learn about Center on Disability projects

Pacific ADA Center

The Pacific ADA Center works to build a partnership between the disability and business communities and to promote full and unrestricted participation in society for persons with disabilities through education and technical assistance.

Learn about Pacific ADA Center projects