Meeting the Challenge Awarded $5 Million to Continue Operating Rocky Mountain ADA Center

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MTC announces receipt of $5 million grant to continue operating Rocky Mountain ADA Center

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Meeting the Challenge (MTC), a nationally recognized disability rights laws expert and provider of implementation solutions for government and commercial clients, is proud to announce that it has been awarded a five year, $5 million grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) to continue operating The Rocky Mountain ADA Center (RMADA).

This award marks the sixth time the Meeting the Challenge has received the grant since the center opened in 1991. Under the grant RMADA will provide free technical assistance, training, awareness programs and materials to Colorado, Utah, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming on the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“We are humbled to have the opportunity to continue to operate the Rocky Mountain ADA Center as a project of Meeting the Challenge,” said Kent Kelley, President of Meeting the Challenge. “The ADA Center provides so much valuable information, training and several awareness programs not only for our Rocky Mountain region, but in some cases the nation. It is a tribute to the center’s entire staff that NIDILRR responded so positively to our application by presenting our organization an additional five year award. We are excited for the future and are honored to continue to support the ADA needs of those living in our six state region.”

The grant will be used to fund the RMADA’s array of projects and outreach, including trainings, original research, online courses, awareness programs and daily operations including the telephone center where the public can call and have questions answered about the ADA at no cost. For more information on the Rocky Mountain ADA Center, visit their website or call 800-949-4232.

“Today marks a culmination of many months of hard work by our team to ensure the RMADA continues to be a project of MTC and remains in Colorado Springs,” said Rachael Stafford, Director of The Rocky Mountain ADA Center. “For the next five years our staff of disability law experts will continue to be a hub of information for those seeking to learn more about the ADA. We will continue to offer free and low cost training, technical assistance and information on the law, along with many of our programs launched in 2015/16. These include our no-cost, first of a kind online disability etiquette training courses, as well as a training course about how to make voting locations accessible, along with the our national awareness program ‘NO H Word.’ In addition, we are excited to continue to build upon our relationships with many entities outside of the Rocky Mountain Region, including The White House to ensure the 60 million Americans who identify with a disability have the support, training and materials they need.”

NIDILRR is a federal government grants-making agency that sponsors grantees to generate new disability and rehabilitation knowledge and promote its use and adoption. The grant is number 90DP0094-01-00.

About MTC: Since 1989, Meeting the Challenge has provided a starting place for public and private entities to gain understanding and guidance to solve compliance challenges. What MTC does as a company is grounded in many federal disability laws. At the most basic level, it is important for organizations to be in compliance with these laws to minimize their exposure to legal proceedings that could result from noncompliance. MTC believes that accessibility should be about more than compliance. It believes the investment clients make in compliance should have a measurable return. This return can come in many forms, and MTC’s experience across 25 years of disability law consulting has shown innovative ways to help clients realize that return. For more information: http://www.mtc-inc.com.

About The Rocky Mountain ADA Center: The Rocky Mountain ADA Center, operated by Meeting the Challenge, is funded under a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number 90DP0094-01-00) to provide technical assistance, training, and materials to Colorado, Utah, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming on the Americans with Disabilities Act. For more information: http://www.rockymountainada.org.

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