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Jim de Jong

Executive Director
School of Health Professions
Great Plains ADA Center
573-882-3600
DejongJ@health.missouri.edu

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Biography

Dejong. Jim

Jim de Jong is the executive director and Principle Investigator of the Great Plains ADA Center at the University of Missouri School of Health Professions and was instrumental in working with Congress to pass the original ADA. de Jong served on the U.S. House of Representatives Task Force on the Rights and Empowerment of Americans with Disabilities, the group that developed and steered the Americans with Disabilities Act through the U.S. Congress with Senator Tom Harkin. He maintains close working relationships with Congressional staffers, providing input and feedback about the ADA and related activities. He is the co-founder of the ADA National Network linking the ADA Centers with Washington D.C. policy makers in an effort to provide constant information on emerging issues and regulations related to ADA implementation to government, professionals, schools, businesses, associations, universities and people with disabilities.

De Jong has completed more than two thousand ADA and disability related presentations in twenty states during the past two decades.  The Great Plains ADA Center sponsors the nation’s largest, most comprehensive annual training on the ADA and related laws : The National ADA Symposium, which attracts participants from throughout America and many countries. He has received the Leadership Award from the U.S. House of Representatives Task Force on the Rights and Empowerment of Americans with Disabilities and received the Presidents Award from the National Rehabilitation Association.

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