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Rehabilitation Services Demonstration and Training_Special Demonstration
OF ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION AND REHABILITATIVE SERVICES,
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Rehabilitation Act of 1973,
as amended, Title III, Section 303. 20 U.S.C. 777a and 797a.
To provide financial
assistance to projects and demonstrations for expanding and improving the
provision of rehabilitation and other services authorized under the Act or
that further the purposes of the Act, including related research and
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Authorized activities under this program include carrying out special
demonstrations for expanding and improving the provision of rehabilitation and
other services authorized under this Act and that further the purposes of the
Act. Projects may include demonstrations to increase client choice; technical
assistance; systems change; special studies and evaluations; demonstrations of
service delivery; model demonstrations; transition services; supportive
employment; services to underserved populations and/or unserved or underserved
areas; services to low-incidence disabilities; transportation; and other
projects designated by the Secretary. Other authorized programs include Parent
Information and Training and Braille training projects.
Applicant Eligibility: Eligible applicants are States and public or
nonprofit organizations. Grants cannot be made directly to individuals.
Beneficiary Eligibility: Individuals with disabilities.
Credentials/Documentation: Costs will be determined in accordance with
OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local Governments. Costs will also be
determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational
institutions, and A-122 for nonprofit organizations.
APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination: This program is subject to the provisions
of OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.
12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant
should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact
in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be
followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for
Application Procedure: Applications should be submitted to the
Department of Education, Application Control Center. Attention: (CFDA 84-235),
600 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202. The standard application kit
as furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB Circular No. A-102 must
be used for this program. ED No. 80-0013 must also be submitted.
Award Procedure: Awards are made on approval of the Commissioner, RSA
and the Assistant Secretary, OSERS, for new projects and the Commissioner, RSA,
for continuation projects.
Deadlines: Contact the headquarters office, RSA, for application
deadlines. Deadlines are published in the Federal Register.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time: The range is approximately 150 to
Renewals: Projects with multi-year periods may be continued based on
annual review of accomplishments and availability of adequate funds. Renewals
are available through the continuation application process.
Formula and Matching Requirements: This program has no statutory
formula or matching requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance: Grants are awarded for up to 60
months. Renewals are subject to the availability of funds.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: As required by the Education Department General
Administrative Regulations (34 CFR 75). Generally annual performance reports are
Audits: See 34 CFR 74.26. Institutions of higher education and
nonprofit organizations are subject to the audit requirements of OMB Circular
No. A-133. State and local government are subject to the requirements in the
Single Audit Act and the ED regulations.
Records: As required by EDGAR for direct grant programs (34 CFR 75).
Generally records related to grant funds, compliance, and performance must be
maintained for a period of 5 years after completion.
Account Identification: 91-0301-0-1-506.
Obligations: (Grants and Contracts) FY 01 $21,092,000; FY 02 est
$21,238,000; and FY 03 est $17,492,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance: To be determined.
In addition to providing direct services to individuals with disabilities,
special demonstration programs contribute to the development of innovative
methods and service programs designed to improve the vocational outcomes of
individuals with disabilities. Anecdotal evidence from projects funded under
Section 303 suggests that certain projects have been successful in
demonstrating rehabilitation methods that are disseminated and replicated or
adapted by other service providers. For example, one project developed
innovative approaches to the transition of young adults with severe
disabilities. In addition to placing and maintaining in employment
approximately 60 individuals with disabilities, the project has created and
disseminated training materials that provided technical assistance to projects
nationwide on the natural support approach to the transition of individuals
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
Regulations: (A) The Education Department General Administrative Regulations
(EDGAR) in 34 CFR 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 85, and 86; and (B) the
regulations for this program in 34 CFR 369 and 376 (transition) apply.
Regional or Local Office:
Tom Finch, Department of Education, OSERS Rehabilitation Services Administration, 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: email@example.com Phone: (202) 245-7343.
Web Site Address:
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
Funded projects include: projects to increase client choice; projects
providing services to people with severe mental illness; projects servicing
low-functioning adults that are deaf or hard of hearing disorders; projects to
provide services to individuals with disabilities, and projects to provide
services to youths with disabilities.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
Funding priorities are published in the Federal Register. Applications for
discretionary grants are subject to peer review procedures leading to
recommendations for approval or disapproval by Federal and nonfederal experts.
Criteria for evaluating applications are published in program and department
regulations (34 CFR 369).