The Americans with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990 to ensure the rights of 54 million Americans with disabilities.
LIFE is the federally recognized Americans with Disabilities Act State Network Affiliate of the Southeast ADA Resource Center: In our role as the SEADA affiliate, LIFE provides training and technical assistance, information and referral to individuals, businesses and local government entities to address ADA compliance in Mississippi.
During 2015, LIFE has provided training to the following entities:
- Over 200 employees of the Mississippi Department of Emergency Management have been trained in providing equal access to individuals with disabilities during disaster response and recovery and Title II
- Over 100 employees of the Mississippi College Board on ADA and Post Secondary Education
- Over 25 Employment Specialists of the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services on Title I, Employment
- Over 300 employees of the City of Jackson Police Department on Titles II and III
- Over 100 employees of the City of Jackson Fire Department on Titles II
- Over 20 Engineers with the MS Department of Transportation on Titles II and III
- Over 25 employees of the City of Jackson Transportation Department
- 20 AmeriCorps members on site surveying and Titles II and III
- Over 25 volunteers with the MS Medical Corps on providing appropriate and accessible services to sheltering entities during a disaster
In addition, LIFE staff has:
- Provided over 2600 pieces of material, federal and non-federal, to individuals throughout the state
- Participated in 18 public awareness events promoting the ADA
- Attended and participated in over 75 meetings and Council groups to promote and ensure ADA compliance
- Received public awareness through four television stories and two radio programs.
The Mississippi ADA Network is funded by the Southeast ADA Resource Center through the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University