Community and Work Participation Disparities: A Program of the ADA Participation Action Research Consortium (ADA PARC)

Katie McDonaldKatherine McDonald (PH / Burton Blatt Institute) PI, Peter Blanck (Burton Blatt Institute/ LAW) co-I, Barry Whaley (Burton Blatt Institute / Southeast ADA Center) co-I, and Pamela Williamson (Burton Blatt Institute) co-I, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center / Department of Health and Human Services, sub-award – continuation. 9/30/17-9/29/21.

ADA PARC is a multi-site research collaboration bringing together the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) centers to examine the factors that influence the participation of people with disabilities in their communities to identify key participation disparities and strategically act to address them. We are conducting a multiregional strategic gap analyses across three primary participation areas community living, community participation, and economic equity. In some areas, such as community living and work, this will involve mining existing large population and community datasets so we can inform the benchmarking of key participation disparities and promising practices at state, regional and community levels. The ADA PARC will create a tool and a systematic process for assessing community participation at the community level for people to assess their communities.