ADA PARC is a research collaboration between the Southwest ADA Center, Great Lakes ADA Center, Southeast ADA Center, Pacific ADA Center, Rocky Mountain ADA Center, and Mid-Atlantic ADA Center. The collaborative will examine the factors that influence the participation of people with disabilities in their communities. This examination is necessary in order to identify key participation disparities and strategically act to address them. ADA PARC will conduct a multiregional strategic gap analyses across three primary participation areas mandated by the ADA: community living, community participation, and work/economic. In some areas, such as community living and work, this will involve mining existing large population and community datasets so we can inform the benchmarking of key participation disparities and promising practices at state, regional and community levels. ADA PARC will also collect new individual data with people with disabilities who are trying to move out of nursing homes and institutions to the community post ADA and Olmstead Decision to add their participation experiences and issues. From this research, ADA PARC will create a tool and a systematic process for assessing community participation at the community level for people to assess their communities.
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