GREELEY, Colo. (PRWEB) March 14, 2023
The Rocky Mountain ADA Center (RMADAC), a member of the National Network of ADA Centers, is pleased to announce it is now part of the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). The center’s grant, funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, transferred to UNC on March 1, 2023.
Acting as the steward for RMADAC’s grant enables UNC the opportunity to offer the ADA Center increased opportunities in staff development, research, technical assistance, and public media outreach across the region along with increased support resources.
“As we move into this new exciting chapter for the Rocky Mountain ADA Center and the University of Northern Colorado, I know I speak for our entire team as we look to a bright future for the center’s ability to offer training, technical assistance, research and information on the ADA to the entire Rocky Mountain region with the support of the amazing team within UNC,” said Emily Shuman, Director of the RMADAC. “I would also like to thank Meeting the Challenge, Inc. for its fantastic stewardship of the center’s grant, previously, for over 30 years.”
RMADAC’s grant with the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research was extended in 2021 for Region 8. This grant funds an array of ongoing initiatives including, customized online training(s) development, podcast and newsletter production, free online course development, free technical assistance, public media programs, daily operations, and research projects with the center’s long standing research partner, UNC, to develop new knowledge about barriers to ADA compliance.
Leadership within UNC expressed their enthusiasm for the grant transfer:
“We are extremely excited to welcome the Rocky Mountain ADA Center’s staff to the University of Northern Colorado,” said Dean Kamel Haddad of the College of Natural and Health Sciences at UNC. “We covet the work the center offers to the Rocky Mountain region and our team within UNC is eager to offer support to help the team flourish for years to come.”
“As the Principal Investigator of the Rocky Mountain ADA Center for the last 10 years, I have had the honor of collaborating with the center to develop incredible research that truly impacts people’s lives,” said Jill L. Bezyak, PhD, CRC, Licensed Psychologist Professor, Rehabilitation Counseling and Sciences, University of Northern Colorado. “The grant transfer will certainly increase the level of research collaboration and execution leading to further enriching people’s understanding of the ADA across region 8 and potentially the nation.”
About the Rocky Mountain ADA Center: The Rocky Mountain ADA Center provides information on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to individuals and organizations throughout Colorado, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The Rocky Mountain ADA Center is a member of the National Network of ADA Centers and is funded by National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant 90DPAD0014). The center is powered by and is a project of the University of Northern Colorado. The center’s staff members represent a diverse and dynamic group of individuals who are dedicated to the driving spirit of the ADA as well as the complex standards behind the law. To connect with the Rocky Mountain ADA Center on social media, click here. The Rocky Mountain ADA Center is available to assist with any of the following areas: Material Dissemination, Technical Assistance on the ADA, Training, Referrals and Research.