NIDRR - ADA Information Center Research Program
Part of MTC's ADA Information Center Project is a research program covering a range of subjects. Currently we are conducting a needs assessment focusing on various groups of entities with ADA compliance responsibilities to determine the impact of the ADA in the Rocky Mountain region. The results of this research effort, including new materials developed based on these results, will be fed into our Training and Information Services Division to inform the development of training and dissemination of materials and information. Complete information on the ADA Center Research Program can be seen at the ADA Center Website.
Federal Transit Administration - Riders Survey
In conjunction with MTC's ADA materials development project for the Federal Transit Administration, we determined that very little hard data existed from transit riders with disabilities documenting their perceptions of various aspects of the transit systems around the country. MTC developed and field tested a comprehensive survey instrument to collect data on this subject. The survey was distributed electronically allowing individuals to either respond electronically or contact MTC staff for assistance in completing the survey. Over 7,000 surveys were collected. A summary of the survey results can be viewed at the Transit Access Project website.
U.S. Access Board - Innovation in Implementation and Enforcement of State Accessibility Codes
The U.S. Access Board is structured to function as a coordinating body among federal agencies and to directly represent the public, particularly people with disabilities, with regard to accessibility of the built environment. In most cases, the Board develops "guidelines," which do not directly affect the public but instead serve as the basis for "standards" issued by other agencies. In addition to Federal guidelines and standards, there are specific state accessibility requirements that must be considered in building design and construction. Some states have developed their own building codes but many have decided to adopt model codes instead. The practice of developing, approving, and enforcing building codes varies considerably among states.
MTC was contracted to examine the variety of state-level approaches to accessibility. The focus of the project was to promote compliance with design requirements through a review and compilation of best practices for the implementation and enforcement of state accessibility codes. The research report can be viewed at the U.S. Access Board website.
"Invisible Voices" DVD Project
Meeting the Challenge recognized the need for new materials to influence public opinion with regard to disability. The ADA legislation forms the foundation for equal rights for people with disabilities. However, public opinion cannot be legislated. To address this need, MTC commissioned a theatrical performance titled Invisible Voices. This production was created by Ping Chong & Company as part of their Undesirable Elements series. Ping Chong is an internationally recognized playwright and director. The production presents the life stories of six people with disabilities, showing them as ordinary people with extraordinary life stories. The performance has been converted into a DVD and can be purchased at the MTC webstore.
"Reflections on a Promise" Documentary DVD Project
In recognition of the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), MTC developed a documentary called "Reflections on a Promise". This video examines not only the history of this groundbreaking legislation, but also considers what the Act has accomplished, and how all Americans can help build on its successes. With equal consideration given to the past, present, and future of the ADA, "Reflections on a Promise" features eloquent commentary from some of America's foremost disability rights advocates. The documentary DVD is currently bundled for purchase with the "Invisible Voices" DVD.