Welcome to the Center on Disability at PHI

The Center on Disability at the Public Health Institute is dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities with a focus on disability policy, civil rights, disability law, employment, health issues, independent living, and assistive technology.

someone using braileLed by Erica C. Jones, MPH, the Center on Disability is composed of disability related projects that use our expertise in research, technical assistance, training, and information dissemination. The Center staff and associates are comprised of individuals with master’s degrees, PhDs, as well as lawyers and technical experts. Center staff includes persons with disabilities.

Housed within the administrative system of the Public Health Institute (PHI), the Center on Disability emphasizes full accessibility in our physical space as well as in the materials and communication we produce. We provide all of our newsletters, print material, websites, e-mail and products in accessible formats for persons with disabilities. We have expertise in using video description for vision impairments, TTY/TDD, telephone relay, and captioning for the hearing impaired.

The Public Health Institute (PHI) is an independent, nonprofit organization that was incorporated in 1964. It is dedicated to promoting health, well-being, and quality of life for people globally. As one of the largest and most comprehensive public health organizations in the nation, the Public Health Institute focuses its efforts in two distinct but complementary ways. PHI serves as a partner with government to support its role in assessment, policy development, and assurance. PHI also promotes and sustains independent, innovative research, training and demonstration programs - many in collaboration with the private and community-based organizations. PHI works to shape and enrich intersectoral, community, and population-based practice and policy.

For more information about the Center, please contact Lewis Kraus, Deputy Director at deputy@adapacific.org.

News feeds from our projects

Center on Disability news itemNew national campaign launched entitled "Commit to Inclusion" to help build healthy, inclusive communities.
  Added: 2014-11-14

The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD), the Center on Disability at the Public Health Institute (COD-PHI), and the American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) recently joined the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN) to launch a national campaign entitled "Commit to Inclusion" to help build healthy, inclusive communities while engaging, educating, and empowering all Americans across the lifespan to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition. The Commit to Inclusion campaign supports the adoption of Guidelines for Disability Inclusion in Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity Programs and Policies to assist in the updating of community health program and policies to be inclusive of the needs of people with disability. The Guidelines for Disability Inclusion were developed by the COD-PHI as part of NCHPAD, and in partnership with the AAHD. The Guidelines for Disability Inclusion can be used by government and private entities, as well as community-based organizations to create, implement, or oversee program initiatives and policies in the areas of physical activity, nutrition, and obesity. While there will always be a need for specialized health promotion interventions targeting specific disability groups, there is a need to promote more inclusive programming to address the obesity epidemic in the United States. Make the commitment at committoinclusion.org and share what #InclusionMeans on social media.

Pacific ADA news itemCity Of Berkeley Commemorates the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) With a Proclamation
  Added: 2015-07-15

On June 30th, 2015, the City of Berkeley presented a proclamation on the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to Erica C. Jones, Director of the Pacific ADA Center.

View the proclamation

Pacific ADA news itemU.S. Justice Department Reaches Settlement with edX Regarding Access to Online Courses
  Added: 2015-05-18

A private company, edX, has agreed to make MOOCS more accessible to disabled users. MOOCS are "massive open online courses" and they used extensively in higher education these days. They're used by more than 3 million students taking 450 courses produced by more than 60 universities and institutions. The courses are free and they run the gamut from computer programming to credit risk management.

But, according to the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ), the MOOCS were difficult or impossible to use for students who have visual or hearing impairments as well as those who have limited manual dexterity -- a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. So now, edX and DOJ have reached a settlement under which the company will make its new and existing courses accessible.

For more information, visit www.ada.gov.

Pacific ADA news itemAccess Board Proposed Rulemaking on Information & Communication Technology
  Added: 2015-05-18

The U.S. Access Board, an independent federal agency, released a proposed rule to update accessibility requirements for information and communication technologies (ICT). The proposal, which is officially known as a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), refreshes standards for electronic and information technology in the federal sector covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. It also updates guidelines for telecommunications equipment issued under Section 255 of the Communications Act of 1934. The Board is updating both documents jointly to ensure consistency in accessibility across the spectrum of ICT covered, including computers, telecommunications equipment, multifunction office machines, software, websites, information kiosks and transaction machines, and electronic documents. Examples of ICT accessibility include captioning of videos, providing controls for captioning and audio description, and compatibility of websites, documents and software with assistive technology.

For more information, visit http://www.access-board.gov/