Northeast ADA Center
About the Northeast ADA Center
The goal of the Northeast ADA Center is to educate and empower the diverse range of stakeholders throughout New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands to increase their knowledge of the ADA, to support our stakeholders to include people with disabilities in local communities, and to implement the ADA in their own lives, workplaces, businesses, and communities.
The Northeast ADA Center is a member of the ADA National Network, which is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number 90DPAD0003). We provide information, guidance, and training on implementation of all aspects of the ADA. Our center is located at the Yang-Tan Institute in the ILR School at Cornell University. Our staff consists of individuals with and without disabilities who have extensive experience in the disability field.
About the presenters
Jennifer Perry is an Access Specialist at the Northeast ADA Center, Yang-Tan Institute on Employment at Cornell University. Ms. Perry has worked in the accessibility field for over twenty-five years providing ADA training and technical assistance to architects, code officials, businesses and other stakeholders nationwide. She previously worked for United Spinal Association in both Government Relations and Compliance roles. She is certified by the International Code Council (ICC) as an Accessibility Specialist/Plans Examiner and is a certified ADA Coordinator.
Joe Zesski, MDiv, is the Program Manager of the Northeast ADA Center and has served as the New Jersey affiliate of the Northeast ADA through Resources for Independent Living since 2009. He has a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University and a Bachelor of English Communications from Cabrini University. Mr. Zesski’s focus has been on assistive technology, accessible web design, the transition of students with disabilities from high school, and accommodations in the postsecondary education environment. He is the Community Education Coordinator at Resources for Independent Living, the independent living center serving Burlington County, New Jersey. Joe also chairs the Burlington County Disability Issues Committee.