Region 1 - New England ADA Center

The New England ADA Center serves Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

The New England ADA Center is located in Boston at the Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD). Our work uniquely balances expertise in legally required accessibility and best practices in human-centered design and universal design.

Architectural Accessibility Web Course

This new free web course is available 24/7 and introduces an overview of four major federal laws that require accessibility in new construction or alterations:

  1. the ADA;
  2. the Architectural Barriers Act;
  3. the Fair Housing Act;
  4. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

At the end of the course, participants are able to determine which laws apply to different projects.

For more information, visit the New England ADA Center's website


“Excellent overview web course! I wish someone had shown this to me when I was hired three years ago. I will recommend to my boss that this course be part of training for new employees.” (Participant)

The ADA Field-Based Training Day for Cities and Towns

This hands-on training puts the power of accessibility into the hands of citizens!

Training participants learned how to use the ADA Checklist to conduct an accessibility review of a facility of their choice. Participants also identified short, intermediate and long term barriers to accessibility.
Participating municipalities receive $1,000 towards improving accessibility of the facility.
To read about a town that participated in the field-based training and has started implementing changes, visit the New England ADA blog.

The 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

A hallmark example of our dissemination activities was the multi-layered, multimedia one-day event on the Boston Common that informed the public about the 25-year anniversary celebration of the ADA.  We took the leadership role in the coordination, cooperation and collaboration of over 33 disability organizations and individual Massachusetts stakeholders in the planning and the implementing of this grassroots celebration. The day kicked off with 800 marchers and realized the effectiveness of our dissemination activities when 2,000 people, 45 exhibitors, the Attorney General of Massachusetts, the Lieutenant Governor along with grass roots leaders came to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the ADA on the Boston Common!
Watch a video of the highlights: The 25th Anniversary of the ADA Celebration on Boston Common, July 22, 2015

Radio Public Service Announcements on the ADA

Americans with visual and print disabilities can now listen to two-minute Radio Public Service Announcements (PSAs) covering topics such as the ADA and service animals, inaccessible websites, and voting.
These PSAa are aired on the Talking Information Center Radio Show, and can also be heard on the New England ADA Center’s website.

An Empowering Tool Now in the Hands of Cities and Towns:  The ADA Checklist!

Cash-strapped cities and towns throughout New England are taking accessibility into their own hands with the ADA Checklist for Existing Facilities.
The checklist is a popular, easy-to-use tool for surveying the accessibility of facilities such as:

  • town halls;
  • libraries;
  • and recreation areas.

Based on the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design, the checklist can be found at