RESNA, The Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America, is the premier professional organization
dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of people with disabilities through increasing access to technology solutions.
RESNA advances the field by offering certification, continuing education, and professional development; developing assistive
technology standards; promoting research and public policy; and sponsoring forums for the exchange of information and ideas to
meet the needs of our multidisciplinary constituency.
The Center's mission is to promote voluntary compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by providing three
core services — technical assistance, training and materials dissemination. Activities designed to carry out the mission in Texas,
Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Louisiana are facilitated through the home office in Houston, TX as well as its affiliates
The Southwest ADA Center is a program of Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU), at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston,
Texas. The Center is funded by a grant (H133A110027) from the Department of Education's
National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).
NIDRR is not an enforcement agency. The information herein is intended solely as informal guidance and is neither a determination of your
legal rights or responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), nor binding on any agency with enforcement responsibility
under the ADA and other disability-related laws.
The Center is funded by a grant (H133A110027) from the Department of Education's National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation
The Great Lakes ADA Center's mission is to increase awareness and knowledge with the ultimate goal of achieving voluntary compliance
with the Americans with Disabilities Act. This is accomplished within targeted audiences through provision of customized training, expert
assistance, and dissemination of information developed by various sources, including the federal agencies responsible for enforcement of
the ADA. We are not an enforcement or regulatory agency, but a helpful resource supporting the ADA's mission to "make it possible
for everyone with a disability to live a life of freedom and equality."
The Great Lakes ADA Center is a member of the
ADA National Network
which is comprised of 10 regional centers funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), a division of the
U.S. Department of Education.
The six states within the region served by the Center include:
We have established ADA Affiliates in each state that represent the business community,
government agencies, disability rights groups, and other interested parties. The Great
Lakes Affiliates enhance the Center's mission of voluntary compliance of the ADA
utilizing local resources to provide trainings, technical assistance, and engage in
capacity building around the ADA in the state.
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.
The Great Lakes ADA Center is funded under grant #H133A110029 from the U.S. Department of Education through the
auspices of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).