A Study to Identify the Profile of People with Disabilities in New England
The New England Region is conducting a two-part study aimed at improving compliance to the ADA in cities and towns across the six states. In the first part of the study, we use data from the US Census Bureau and other sources to depict disability in New England as a whole, and in each New England State. The results of this part of the study are intended to help inform and educate local officials about the state of disability in their jurisdictions. It will also provide a basis for the second part of the study: gathering information about ADA compliance using a survey of cities and towns.
Findings: A surprising finding in our study is that New England lays claim the largest percentage of Baby Boomers in the United States. This story is highlighted in a slide show and report found here.
Identifying Barriers to Implementing the ADA in Cities and Towns in New England
In the second part of the study, we are developing an on-line survey to distribute to all cities and towns across New England to find out what are the barriers to implementing the ADA. After surveying, we will use the base-line information to help design an intervention to assist cities and towns in matching their responsibilities under ADA with the needs of their residents. Afterward, we will study changes in compliance to determine the efficacy of the intervention.