Research Activities

Great Plains ADA Center Expands Research Project Across Missouri

Starting back in 2015, the University of Missouri (MU) Great Plains ADA Center began conducting a study entitled “The Status of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in Local Governments”. To date we have directed the research with approximately 1100 City and 150 County governments across Nebraska and Kansas.

We are now poised to launch this online study in Missouri in 2019. The goal of the research is to assist Missourians with disabilities by understanding the local governments serving them. The objectives include developing more effective educational programs, offering enhanced technical assistance for our jurisdictions, their citizens and employees with disabilities. We hope to better understand the effect of rural/urban demographics in a local government’s endorsement of the ADA. And lastly, we want to better comprehend how the accessibility awareness of a local government affects the ‘livability’ of a community.

The online questionnaire includes items on recreation, web access, construction, rights of way, budgeting, support for ADA Coordinators and other Title II topics. If you work for a Missouri local government and receive the survey, we appreciate your taking a few moments to complete the questions or forward it on to the most appropriate individual in your local government for response. The survey is entirely voluntary and anonymous. This study was developed under a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research NIDILRR grant number 90DP0093-02-00. NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The contents of this survey do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. The MU Institutional Review Board sanctions this research project. If you have any questions please contact Richard at [email protected] or (573) 489-8756.