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.
Community and Work Participation Disparities: A Program of the ADA Participatory Action Research Consortium
The Pacific ADA Center, under a subaward agreement with The Institute for Rehabilitation Research (TIRR), will coordinate with the participating ADA Centers to collect data and assist with data analysis and development of indicators of community and work participation disparities for people with disabilities. The Pacific ADA Center will also disseminate the findings back to the community.
Pacific ADA Center
The three goals for the Pacific ADA Center are to improve: 1) understanding regarding rights and responsibilities and implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act; 2) understanding of ADA stakeholders' needs for, and receipt of, Region IX services over time; and 3) the efficiency and effectiveness of ADA information dissemination, awareness and referral activities.
Pacific ADA Center Research Progam
The Pacific ADA Center is incorporating a high-quality, scientifically based research program into the center's existing dissemination, training and technical assistance efforts. This will generate new data and models that can inform the disability field, especially in the area of employment, while enhancing the center's service and support activities.
Here's How We're Making a Difference
Ensuring ADA Compliance
PHI's Pacific ADA Center provides over 37,000 technical assistance consultations annually to public and private stakeholders in the western U.S. on ADA compliance. The Center has also trained thousands of public and private sector hiring managers and supervisors on disability awareness and reasonable accommodation options for disabled employees, which has increased hiring and retention of individuals with disabilities.
After consulting with the Pacific ADA Center, a corporation that operates tens of thousands of chain restaurants changed its national policy so that customers with disabilities no longer encountered accessibility barriers such as narrow doorways and restricted space in dining areas.
Promoting Accessible Technology
The Pacific ADA Center runs AccessibleTech.org, which helps to promote full and unrestricted participation in business and society by persons with disabilities through the use of electronic information technology that is universally accessible.
The site provides businesses and employers with information, problem solving assistance and referrals for implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act and Accessible Information Technology. The team also conducts outreach and regionwide dissemination of materials to the business community