The Rocky Mountain ADA Center serves Colorado, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
The Rocky Mountain ADA Center (RMADA) is operated by Meeting the Challenge, Inc. (MTC), a for-profit small business located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Our focus during the past year has been to foster regional ADA implementation through our ADA Center services, as well as MTC fee service offerings. In addition to the core services of the ADA Center—technical assistance (TA), training, outreach, and materials dissemination—MTC offers customized extended services, such as:
- ADA policy and procedure reviews;
- Transportation system accessibility consulting;
- Facility accessibility audits;
- Self-evaluations and transition plans;
- Architectural plan reviews;
- Park and recreation accessibility assessments.
Examples of assistance we provided include:
- helping create an ADA Coordinator position;
- assessing physical barriers;
- improving communication systems;
- training employees in disability awareness;
- and making recommendations to overcome ADA infractions.
Additionally, RMADA is heavily involved with the ADA National Network and its projects.
Through these efforts, RMADA helps individuals, institutions and businesses understand their rights and responsibilities under the ADA, and supports implementation of the ADA.
Access Reviews of Title II Programs to Support ADA Implementation
MTC continues to receive requests from state and local government agencies (Title II entities) for advice and direction on the best ways to meet their obligations under the ADA. In response, MTC has created collaborative relationships with these Title II entities to help them fully integrate the ADA.
After these Title II entities implement their ADA changes, RMADA continues to be involved with their work in ADA compliance by providing ongoing technical assistance and ADA training.
RMADA is pleased to report that the full circle of technical assistance to implementation to lifetime relationships has been realized many times over.
National Parks: Two-Day Accessibility Workshop
In October 2015, RMADA offered a two-day workshop that covered concepts of ADA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) and the ABA Accessibility Standards (ABAAS) and the application of these laws and regulations to park sites, programs, and other areas relevant to the management and operation of national parks.
Law Enforcement Effective Communication Training
RMADA has worked closely with two local organizations to educate law enforcement personnel who routinely interact with persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf/blind.
The organizations are:
- Colorado Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing;
- Deaf Overcoming Violence through Education.
RMADA provides training to various law enforcement personnel that enables them to apply ADA information in day-to-day contacts. Additionally, RMADA’s work with law enforcement personnel at some of the highest levels helped to effect policy changes ensuring that steps are in place before contact is made with people from the disability population.
We are very proud to have been part of the team producing video vignettes involving real-life scenarios faced by and between law enforcement and deaf citizens. These video vignettes included actual law enforcement personnel so that audiences could more easily relate to the scenarios being enacted.
RMADA has also been involved in training for tenured county and city staff, as well as to police academy students.