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Robin Ann Jones

Instructor, Director and Principal Investigator—Great Lakes ADA Center, Disability and Human Development

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1640 W. Roosevelt Rd., 404 DHSP

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Office Hours

By appointment

Related Sites

Great Lakes ADA Center


Robin Jones has served as Director of the Great Lakes ADA Center since its inception in 1991. The Center is a member of the ADA National Network. Robin is actively involved in providing training, consultation and technical assistance on the ADA and related laws to business, employers, government, educational entities, architects, social service organizations and people with disabilities/ families. Areas of expertise include employment, architectural accessibility, community integration, educational accommodations and accessibility of information technology.

Prior professional experiences included working as a senior occupational therapy assistant at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and as Assistant to the Head within the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Robin has academic degrees in the field of Occupational Therapy and Public Administration.

Robin teaches courses within DHD that explore the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as how participatory action research can be used to impact of state/federal policy affecting persons with disabilities.

Selected Grants

ACL/NIDILRR, Region V ADA Center, Principal Investigator and Project Director

ACL/NIDILRR, ADA Participatory Action Research Consortium, Co-Investigator

ACL/NIDILRR, RRTC on Employment and Persons with Physical Disabilities, Co-Investigator

Service to the Community

Collaboration with organizations that include and represent persons with disabilities and disability rights include but are not limited to Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago, Chicago Mayor's Office For Persons with Disabilities, Equip for Equality, Illinois' Protection and Advocacy Organization, National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities and the Chicagoland Business Leadership Network.

Leadership in the Profession

Disability:IN Chicagoland, Advisory Council

AoD Disability Employment Technical Assistance Center, Work Group Member reresenting UCEDD's

Chicago Botanic Garden, Community Advisory Council

Chicago Transit Authority, ADA Advisory Committee Member

Notable Honors

2014 - Terry Brittel OTA/OT Partnership Award, American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

2015 - Inaugural Inductee -Legends and Legacies Society, American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF)

1986 - Roster of Honor (ROH), American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

1986 - Award of Excellence, American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)


Master's, Public Services Administration, DePaul University, 1995
Bachelor's, Public Administration, Loyola University, 1985
Associate, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Madison Area Technical College, 1980