The Great Lakes ADA Center provides information, materials, technical assistance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Topics addressed includes the non-discrimination requirements in employment, the obligations of state and local governments and business to ensure that programs, services and activities are readily accessible to and useable by people with disabilities. This includes access to the information technology used by these entities including but not limited to websites, software, kiosks, etc.
The Great Lakes ADA Center‘s AIT Initiative, encourages incorporation of accessible information technology in K-12 and post secondary school settings. Accessible Information Technology incorporates the principles of universal design so that people with a wide range of abilities and disabilities can access information disseminated electronically.
The Great Lakes ADA Center‘s service area is designated as Region 5 and is one of ten regional centers funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), a division of theU.S. Department of Education.
The six states which comprise Region 5 are: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Each state has created an ADA Steering Committee representing the business community, government agencies, disability rights groups, and other interested parties. With the support of the Great LakesADA Center, statewide Steering Committees participate in, enhance, and utilize local resources, trainings, technical assistance, and conferences, to support voluntary compliance with the ADA.
Metropolitan Center for Independent Living (MCIL) : MCIL is a Twin Cities metro-based, non-profit 501.c.3 consumer-directed organization founded in 1981. MCIL is dedicated to the full promotion of the Independent Living (IL) philosophy by supporting individuals with disabilities in their personal efforts to pursue self-directed lives. Being “consumer-directed” means that the majority of decision-making employees (88%) and members of our board of directors (90%) are individuals with disabilities. MCIL’s 20 full-time and 70 part-time employees, 20 Board members, and volunteers are committed to promoting this IL philosophy through innovative projects and direct services that meet the needs of MCIL consumers.
Disability Minnesota : The purpose of this website is to provide a single entry point to over 100 Minnesota state agency programs, products, and services that are devoted to the range of disability issues. We also provide access to laws, statutes, and regulations in pertinent disability-related areas.
Disability Minnesota is brought to you by a collaborative group of state agencies, including:
- Commission of Deaf, Deafblind, and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans
- Minnesota Deaf and Hard of Hearing Division
- Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities
- Minnesota Ombudsman’s Office for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
- Minnesota Rehabilitation Services Division
- Minnesota State Council on Disability
- Minnesota STAR Program
- Minnesota State Services for the Blind