Region 5 - Great Lakes ADA Center

The Great Lakes ADA Center serves Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

The Great Lakes ADA Center is a program of the Department of Disability and Human Development under the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Quality Indicators in Assistive Technology for Post-Secondary  

The Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology in Post-Secondary (QIAT-PS) education gives institutions the ability to self-assess and more effectively direct their limited resources to increase the effectiveness of outcomes for students with disabilities. The QIAT-PS project offers tools and resources on quality implementation of assistive technology (AT) in the post-secondary educational environments. QIAT-PS is a collaborative effort of hundreds of professionals from a wide variety of higher education and K-12 schools and based on the successful implementations of AT indicators in K-12 public schools.

This project is sponsored in collaboration with the Southwest ADA Center with contributing partnership from the Easter Seals Arkansas, Adirondack Accessibility, and Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD). For more info, go to the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology in Post-Secondary website.

Punch-in Project

Punch-in is an interactive website and social network for young adults with disabilities to navigate the Americans with Disabilities Act, Assistive and Accessible Technology options, and groundwork skills necessary to find and keep employment. The site is fully accessible and features over 40 captioned videos, tutorials, and employment event opportunities. There is also a free, online moderated course under development.

This project is sponsored by our center with contributing partnership from employment and disability professionals in the Great Lakes ADA Center region and nationally.  Formal collaborators include Niche Movement, MN Star Program, The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, PC Coaches, and University of Illinois Chicago Career Services. For more information, go to the Punch-in website

ADA Case Law Database & Digest  

Our center developed the ADA Case Law Database and Digest to cover significant and recent rulings under the Employment (Title I), Local and State Government (Title II) and Places of Public

Accommodations (Title III) provisions of the ADA and make it easily accessible to the general public.
The searchable database contains significant court cases, settlement agreements, and consent decrees that help interpret the ADA.The Digest features recent cases added to ADA Case Law Database each quarter.

There are over 5,000 individual accounts established to date. For more information, go to the ADA Case Law Database.

ADA Audio Conference Series

The ADA Audio Conference Series is designed to support professional development of an individual, an entire department or an entire agency that aims to increase knowledge and awareness of regulations and trends of the ADA.

Each audio conference is led by a leading expert in the topic area, is 90 minutes, and offered in multiple formats. Continuing education credits are also available upon request. For more information, go to the  ADA Legal Webinar Series.

Recent conferences include:

  • Disclosure of Disability under the ADA and its relationship to Section 503 Regulations
  • Implementing Olmstead: The Status of Enforcement Efforts


AccessibilityOnline is a series of webinars and audio conferences that are coordinated by the Great Lakes ADA Center. The program represents a collaborative training program between the ADANN and the US Access Board.

Sessions are held on a monthly basis and cover a variety of topics concerning accessibility to the built environment, information and communication technologies, and transportation.  Continuing education credit is offered to Architects, Engineers, Planners and Code Officials.

The program is attended by an average of 1100 individuals per month. In addition, the sessions are recorded and archived to allow individuals to reference this information on an as needed basis.
This series offers up to date information and direct access to accessibility content experts at the federal level. For more information, go to
the AccessibilityOnline page.

ADA Legal Webinar Series

This program is designed for individuals who have a working knowledge of the ADA and are familiar with its basic elements. Sessions are intended to support continued learning and focus on the knowledge that has been gained through understanding how the federal agencies and the courts are interpreting the law and subsequent regulations.  
Legal experts synthesize the case law as it applies to different industries or specific elements of the law including employment, accessible technology and access to programs and services.   
Continuing Legal Education Credits are available for attendees. For more information, go to the ADA Legal Webinar Series.