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The purpose of Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers (DBTACs) is to provide information, training, and technical assistance to employers, people with disabilities, and other entities with responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The centers act as a "one-stop" central, comprehensive resource on ADA issues in employment, public services, public accommodations, and communications. Each center works closely with local business, disability, governmental, rehabilitation, and other professional networks to provide ADA information and assistance, placing special emphasis on meeting the needs of small businesses. Programs vary in each region, but all centers provide the following services in helping people understand the Americans with Disabilities Act: Technical Assistance; Education and training; Materials dissemination; Information and referral; Public awareness; and Local capacity building.

There are 10 DBTACs in the United States, with each serving a particular geographic region. Each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia is served by one of the regional centers. There is a toll free telephone number people can call (1-800-949-4232) that will automatically connect them to the DBTAC that serves their state. Each DBTAC is funded by a five year grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, which is part of the United States Department of Education. The 10 DBTACs work closely with the federal agencies responsible for interpreting and enforcing the ADA, including the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the US Access Board. Staff from the DBTACs receive in-depth training from these agencies, and regularly share information from them regarding recent developments and judgments of interest to persons around their region. Staff persons from the DBTACs are available to answer questions over the telephone and to hold training events around the region they serve to explain the ADA in general or it's specific titles. Most centers also produce a newsletter and/or manage listservs that report on recent developments regarding enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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This web site is maintained by the Research and Training Center on Community Living with support from the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services, the Human Services Research Institute and the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. E-mail weste050@umn.edu.
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