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The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended (ADA), 42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq., prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, public accommodations, State and local government activities, and telecommunications.
Since 1991, NIDILRR has funded 10 regional ADA Centers to provide ADA training, technical assistance, and ADA-related materials to people and entities with rights and responsibilities under the ADA. These 10 regional centers, along with the ADA Knowledge Translation Center (ADA KT Center), and the ADA Collaborative Research Project (currently funded from 2017-2022), comprise what NIDILRR has most recently referred to as the ADA National Network.
The ADA National Network is the only federally-sponsored national network of technical assistance centers dedicated to providing information, training, and technical assistance on the ADA. In addition, NIDILRR has incorporated a research component into the scope of activities for the ADA National Network in order to develop new knowledge about barriers to ADA compliance, strategies for its effective implementation, and greater understanding of stakeholders’ need for and use of ADA National Network services.
NIDILRR has adopted the conceptual framework of knowledge translation (KT) to help guide its efforts to promote the effective use of knowledge and products from its sponsored activities (NIDILRR, 2019). Knowledge translation in the NIDILRR context refers to a multidimensional, active process of ensuring that new knowledge and products gained via research and development are relevant to the users’ needs, reach intended users, are understood by these users, and are used to improve the lives of people with disabilities and further their participation in society.
To optimize the knowledge translation outcomes of the ADA National Network, NIDILRR intends to fund an ADA KT Center. The ADA KT Center will support the ADA National Network’s efforts by providing KT expertise, training, technical assistance, and logistical support. NIDILRR intends for the ADA KT Center to facilitate coordination, organization, and collaboration among the ADA National Network grantees and to generate new knowledge about optimal methods to enhance stakeholder's use of knowledge about their rights and responsibilities under the ADA.
Information about the currently funded ADA KT Center and ADA Regional Centers can be found at the ADA National Network web site and the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) web site.
National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (2019). 2018-2023 Long-Range Plan. Retrieved from https://acl.gov/sites/default/files/about-acl/2019-01/NIDILRR%20LRP-201…
The Administrator of the Administration for Community Living establishes a priority for the funding of a Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project (DRRP) to serve as the Americans with Disabilities Act National Network Knowledge Translation Center (ADA KT Center).
All Center activities must be conducted in partnership with relevant ADA stakeholders as well as other ADA National Network grantees. For purposes of this priority, the term “ADA stakeholders” refers to people and entities with rights and responsibilities under the ADA.
The ADA KT Center must ensure that all websites and information technology tools and products that it develops or maintains are in compliance with standards developed under section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794d).
Under this priority, the ADA KT Center must be designed to contribute to the following outcomes:
(a) Optimal efficiency and impact of the ADA National Network's outreach, training, technical assistance, information dissemination, and capacity building activities. The ADA KT Center must contribute to this outcome by—
(1) Maintaining the ADA Network’s internal online document sharing capacity that enables the 10 ADA Regional Centers to share training and technical assistance documents and other materials;
(2) Organizing and facilitating an effective and efficient process for joint development of ADA network informational products and materials by the 10 ADA Regional Centers. The process must aim to avoid duplication of efforts and maximize resources, with the highest priority on developing national informational products to be distributed as ADA National Network products on behalf of the entire network. This process must facilitate review and approval of products by all Regional Centers. This process must also facilitate appropriate testing of informational products with relevant target audiences;
(3) Serving as the central public repository for ADA National Network information and products and maintaining the ADA Network document portal and website currently funded by NIDILRR. In this role, the ADA KT Center may propose new methods and approaches to improve upon the existing public information repository and dissemination system; and
(4) Organizing and providing logistical and financial support for the ADA Regional Centers’ Project Directors meetings, to be held twice per year in Washington, DC. The meetings are expected to occur in-person unless extenuating circumstances prohibit in-person meeting, and in such cases the meetings may occur virtually, as approved by NIDILRR. These meetings will facilitate collaboration between the 10 ADA Regional Centers, the ADA KT Center, and the ADA Research Collaborative Project (currently funded from 2017 - 2022). These meetings will also allow the grantees to meet and exchange information directly with their Federal partners in the Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and other relevant agencies within and outside of Department of Health and Human Services.
(5) Providing KT support to the ADA Regional Centers as they provide ADA Network Services in a way that maximizes ADA knowledge and impact among the full racial and ethnic diversity of stakeholders in their regions.
(b) Increased awareness and use of ADA-related research findings and ADA-related information by appropriate ADA stakeholder groups. The ADA KT Center must contribute to this outcome by—
(1) Conducting research on knowledge translation methods or approaches that would help to improve use of the ADA-related research findings and ADA-related information by relevant stakeholders;
(2) Developing and disseminating research briefs, at least annually. Topics for research briefs must be based on syntheses of available ADA research and on stakeholder interests and information needs identified by the ADA Regional Centers and other stakeholders as appropriate;
(3) Combining or adapting and then applying knowledge translation approaches from the existing literature to disseminate and promote the use of ADA-related research generated by the ADA National Network Collaborative Research Project (currently funded from 2017-2022), ADA Network Regional Centers, and other ADA-related NIDILRR-funded projects as appropriate; and
(4) Organizing and providing logistical and financial support for an ADA Research Conference to disseminate ADA-related research findings as well as to facilitate discussion and information exchange between researchers and other stakeholders. This conference must include ADA-related research findings produced by ADA National Network researchers, other NIDILRR-funded researchers, and other ADA researchers at large. This conference must be planned in close collaboration with NIDILRR and take place in year five of the ADA National Network grant cycle.
(c) Improved understanding of ADA stakeholders' need for and receipt of ADA Network Services over time, including identifying emerging issues related to compliance with ADA requirements. The ADA KT Center must contribute to this outcome by—
(1) Continuing the operation and maintenance of the existing database of data submitted by each of the ADA Regional Centers. This database is known as the Outcome Measurement System (OMS) and is presently operated by the current ADA KT Center at the University of Washington. This database was designed to house data on the ADA Regional Centers’ core activities including training, technical assistance, public awareness events, and dissemination of materials. In operating and maintaining this database, the ADA KT Center must ensure confidentiality of personally identifiable information and provide quality control and data-retrieval capabilities, using cost-effective technologies and a user-friendly interface. Applicants may request technical information on the OMS by contacting the Competition Manager, Pimjai Sudsawad, at firstname.lastname@example.org;
(2) In response to NIDILRR requests, performing analyses to provide aggregated information from the OMS data;
(3) Providing standard and formal training to any staff from the 10 ADA Regional Centers who will be responsible for collecting OMS data or entering data into the OMS, including training on the standard operating procedures for data collection and entry, and data integrity. This training program must be developed within the first 6 months of the grant. The ADA KT Center must train all applicable Regional center staff within the first year of the grant. The ADA KT Center must also provide additional relevant training and technical assistance to ADA Regional Center staff throughout the life of the grant on an as-needed basis;
(4) Monitoring the quality of data submitted by the ADA Regional Centers and working with the ADA Regional Centers to optimize date quality. The ADA KT Center must:
(i) Perform baseline analyses of OMS data quality and submit a written report to NIDILRR within 6 months of the project start date.
(ii) Based the findings from (i), in collaboration with the ADA Regional Centers and in consultation with NIDILRR, develop a plan and process for monitoring data quality, such as missing data and content accuracy for each data field. This data quality monitoring must occur at regular intervals.
(iii) Develop appropriate benchmarks for achievement and maintenance of optimal data quality.
(iv) Obtain NIDILRR approval of the data quality plan, and implement it throughout the grant cycle.
(5) Collaborating with NIDILRR and the ADA Regional Centers to ensure that the database is accurate, comprehensive, easy to use, and up to date;
(6) Collaborating with NIDILRR and the ADA Regional Centers to continue measuring and tracking the outcomes and impact of the ADA National Network Services;
(7) Collaborating with the ADA Regional Centers to conduct periodic assessments of the knowledge, information, and service needs of ADA stakeholders. These needs assessments must be conducted through analyses of OMS data to identify emerging issues related to stakeholder rights and responsibilities under the ADA;
(8) Producing, and promoting awareness of and access to, an annual public report. This report must be based on OMS data and must share information on ADA Network Services provided by the 10 ADA Regional Centers, including aggregate numbers and demographics of service recipients, and other non-confidential statistics, as appropriate. The report must describe the ADA titles under which the ADA Network Services were sought, and the numbers of services provided and materials distributed. The report must also provide examples of success stories that describe the impact and outcomes of ADA National Network Services. Applicants may request the ADA National Network Annual Report from the Competition Manager, Pimjai Sudsawad, at Pimjai.email@example.com;
(9) Ensuring ongoing access to the OMS and other ADA National Network resources by cooperating and collaborating with the previous ADA KT Center to ensure a smooth and orderly transition to a new ADA KT grantee, if necessary. The new grantee, if applicable, must coordinate with NIDILRR and the previous grantee to ensure a successful transition. This cooperation and collaboration, if necessary, will ensure that the ADA Regional Centers and other users maintain access to OMS data and other ADA National Network resources as appropriate during the transition period.