Results from the Identifying Challenges to Implementing the ADA Survey for Cities and Towns in New England

The New England ADA Center publishes the results of our research study about the challenges that municipalities face in implementing the ADA.

Key Findings:

  • Knowledge and personnel were the more cited drivers of noncompliance with Title II requirements for cities and towns across New England.
  • Of the requirements, the self-evaluation and transition plans were the least likely to be completed and often the last requirement needed to be in full compliance.
  • The additional requirements for municipalities with 50 or more employees does not appear to be the reason for lower compliance as smaller municipalities were more likely to be noncompliant. 

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Research Findings Reveal the True Nature of Disability in New England by Region, State, and City

Startling findings show the largest percent of adults with disabilities have upper body limitations, mental disabilities, and use canes/crutches/walkers. While the smallest percent of adults with disabilities have hearing difficulties, vision difficulties and use wheelchairs.

Find your state. Open our Data on Disability in States, Cities and Sub-Groups PDF

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Also see our accessible (.docx) version of Data on Disabilities in States, Cities and Sub-Groups


By Region

Findings show the New England region has highest percentage of baby boomers in the US (ages 52-70).

Find out how your state ranks, open our Where do most Baby-Boomers Live PDF.

Where do most Baby-Boomers lice in the United State?


To read the full research report for New England as a whole, and for each state by disability and: age, gender, race and socioeconomics, open our Examination of Disability PDF.




New England ADA Center Published Research 2006-2011

The following refereed publications are the results of cooperative research efforts between the New England ADA Center and Drexel University's Center for Labor Market Policies from 2006-2011.

The Impact of the Great Recession on the Unemployment of Americans with Disabilities

The impact of the great Recession upon the unemployement of American with disabilities


Recent data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics allows assessment of the impact of the Great Recession on working age persons with disabilities in America. Following an overview of the nature and scope of the Great Recession, the labor market experiences of persons with and without disabilities are compared for 16 of the 22 months of its duration. Differences which favor those without disabilities were detected in the labor market rate, the official unemployment rate, and in the desire for work among those who have quit the workforce. These differences persisted among subgroups based upon age and educational attainment. Finally, the reasons for unemployment are quite different for persons with and without disabilities.


From Paternalism to Self-Advocacy: President Obama’s Community College Strategy and Students with Disabilities

From paternalism to self-Advocacy


Our research found that community colleges appear to enroll disproportionately large shares of students with disabilities. To meet the challenge of increasing the number of associate degree awards, new organizational designs, programs and incentives are needed to increase retention and graduation of students with disabilities.


From Paternalism to Self Advocacy (Word)