About the Pacific ADA Center

Our Mission

Wheelchair at office deskThe purpose of the Pacific ADA Center is to build a partnership between the disability and business communities and to promote full and unrestricted participation in society for persons with disabilities through education and technical assistance.

The Pacific ADA Center is one of ten Regional centers nationally that have been set up to provide information and referral, training, consultation, and technical assistance to the business, state and local government, and disability communities about their responsibilities and rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. In 2006, the Center received funding to conduct research. Currently two research projects are underway: Employment Strategies for People with Disabilities and Understanding Employer Disability Practices.

The Center includes over 60 consultants, a small staff and subcontracts with more than 38 entities region wide. Nationally, the Center participates in nationwide training projects and the development of materials for broad base distribution. Pacific ADA Center works directly with the Departments of Justice, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Transportation, and the Federal Communications Commission to implement the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Who We Serve

Our Activities

The Center's work is made possible by a grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). For more information about how Pacific ADA Center can help you, contact our staff at Voice & TDD: 1-800-949-4232.

Meet The Director

Erica C. Jones, MPH, is employed by the Public Health Institute (PHI), Oakland, California. She has been the Principal Investigator and Director of the Pacific ADA Center, since 1991. Ms. Jones has served as the Principal Investigator on many grants and contracts throughout her career. She has been the Principal Investigator in the evaluation of projects and national model programs with such federal agencies as the Rehabilitation Services Administration, the Department of Education, including many university systems and non profit agencies. Ms. Jones has played a longstanding role in the disability community with a history of working cooperatively with many varied constituencies.

As Director of Public Affairs for the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, her responsibilities included directing and conducting a national public affairs program working closely with government entities, the Administration, U.S. Congress and the public. During her tenure as a legislative analyst with the federal government, papers, testimony, speeches, etc. were prepared for the U.S. Department of Labor, Education, Health and Human Services, Vocational Rehabilitation and Congressional staffers. She currently serves on several Boards of Directors, advisory boards, and disability related committees nationally, regionally, and locally. For the past twenty-five years Ms. Jones has been dedicated to working with large and small communities, in both the public and private sector, as a change agent, facilitator, and collaborator toward the total inclusion and equality of persons with disabilities for the enhancement of society.