The National Association of ADA Coordinators (Association), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, was founded by a group of public and private sector employment and accessibility professionals in 1992. They saw the need to educate public and private entities in all aspects of the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). The goal was to recognize and to demonstrate that it is much more valuable to educate about the ADA than to bear the costs of noncompliance litigation.
The Association works with the senior attorneys and representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to develop conferences dealing with all aspects of the ADA including the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act of 2008 (ADAAA).
With the new ADAAA and the anticipated new Rules and Standards, both the private and public sectors again need to focus on updating and training ADA Coordinators, executives, line managers and line supervisors to voluntarily comply. The Association provides training in the revised definition of disability, access, services and design issues, reasonable accommodation and modification issues, interplays between conduct/performance standards and the ADA, avoiding the growing issues of harassment and retaliation, effective communication and employer defenses. There is also training in practical solutions to such important and timely topics as emergency/safety procedures, returning veterans, Olmstead Act and psychiatric/behavioral disorders, Universal Design concepts, housing, medical, and the new DOT regulations associated with the new ADAAA.