The ADA National Network have been in existence since 1991, shortly after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The program has been known under different names including "Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers" and "ADA & Accessible IT Centers". While the name has changed, the core services remain the same.
The name Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC) was originated by NIDRR in 1991. While the Centers still use the name to refer to themselves generically, each Center is referred to by a name that reflects the region for which they serve. Regardless of the name of each regional Center, the core services provided are the same across the country.
Since its inception, the program has consisted of a diverse array of projects to further the understanding and implementation of the Act. The program has created a vast infrastructure of resources, including numerous ADA publications and videos, materials targeted to specific audiences, training packages and an unparalleled knowledge of the ADA.
The heart of the ADA Center program is the network of regionally based centers that provide public awareness, technical assistance, training, materials and referrals since the program's commencement. These Centers are located throughout the country and can be reached toll-free at 800-949-4232 (V/TTY). They have formed collaborative partnerships with others within their regional borders and beyond to further promote the understanding and knowledge of the ADA.
The ten regional Centers act as a "one-stop" central, comprehensive resource on ADA issues in employment, public services, public accommodations, and communications. Each Center works closely with local business, disability, governmental, rehabilitation, and other professional networks to provide ADA information and assistance. Programs vary in each region, but all Centers provide the following:
In addition to ADA services the Centers assist individuals and entities in better understanding related disability legislation which may impact their rights or responsibilities. Information on the Rehabilitation Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, Workforce Investment Act and others can typically be provided by a Center.
For information, materials, technical assistance, or training on the ADA, call the toll-free 800-949-4232 (V/TTY). This number will automatically route your call to the Center in your region.
Funding for the ADA Technical Assistance Program comes from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) within the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS), U.S. Department of Education (ED). However, the contents of this site do not necessarily represent the policy of ED. And you should not assume endorsement by the Federal government.