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Rehabilitation Training_Experimental and Innovative Training
OF ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION AND REHABILITATIVE SERVICES,
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Rehabilitation Act of 1973,
as amended, Title III, Section 302, 29 U.S.C. 774.
This program is designed to:
(a) Develop new types of training programs for rehabilitation personnel and to
demonstrate the effectiveness of these new types of training programs for
rehabilitation personnel in providing rehabilitation services to individuals
with disabilities; and (b) develop new and improved methods of training
rehabilitation personnel so that there may be a more effective delivery of
rehabilitation services by State and other rehabilitation agencies.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Training grants are provided in fields directly related to the vocational and
independent living rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities.
Applicant Eligibility: State vocational rehabilitation agencies,
including Territories and other public or nonprofit agencies and organizations
(including institutions of higher education) may apply.
Beneficiary Eligibility: Individuals preparing for or employed in
positions relating to the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities will
Credentials/Documentation: An application should show evidence of
current accreditation by or seeking of accreditation from the designated
accreditation agency in the respective professional field. Costs will be
determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local
governments. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-21
for educational institutions.
APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination: The standard application forms as
furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB Circular No. A-102 must be
used for this program. 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: New applications are made to the Department of
Education, Application Control Center, 600 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington,
DC 20202-4725. Attention: 84.263. Continuation applications, unless otherwise
indicated in the award notice, are submitted to the appropriate regional office
listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog. This program is subject to the provisions
of OMB Circular No. A-110.
Award Procedure: With the exception of grants identified as
"national significance," new and continuation grants are awarded by
the Rehabilitation Services Administration through its regional offices. All new
applications are reviewed by a panel of at least three individuals. Each panel
will generally include two or more nonfederal consultants with experience and
training in the proposed area of training.
Deadlines: Deadlines are published in the Federal Register or you may
contact the headquarters or regional offices for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time: From 120 to 160 days.
Renewals: Renewals are available only through the new application
process. Projects with an approved multi-year project period may be continued
based on the availability of adequate funds and an annual review of
accomplishments to determine satisfactory performance.
Formula and Matching Requirements: Grantees are required to share in
the costs of projects with the proportion subject to individual negotiation.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance: Projects may generally be
supported for a maximum of 5 years. Funds are granted on a 12-month basis.
Renewals are subject to the availability of funds.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Annual financial and progress reports must be submitted as
required by grant award terms and conditions.
Audits: Audits must be conducted on a continuing basis or at scheduled
intervals, usually once a year, but at least once every 2 years. In accordance
with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 24, 1997),
"Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations,"
nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in
Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that
year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal
awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted
in Circular No. A-133.
Records: Proper records must be maintained for three years after
project completion or until all audit questions are resolved.
Account Identification: 91-0301-0-1-506.
Obligations: (Grants and Contracts) FY 01 $500,000; FY 02 est
$500,000; and FY 03 est $500,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance: Not available.
A wide variety of strategies to develop new and improved methods of training
rehabilitation personnel to support the effective delivery of rehabilitation
services are being funded. Curriculum development efforts address adaptive
technology training, computer-based learning, use of natural supports at the
work site, and interdisciplinary instruction for dentistry professionals on
rehabilitation and the needs of individuals with disabilities.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
Regulations can be found in 34 CFR 385 and 387.
Regional or Local Office: Rehabilitation Services Administration
Regional Offices. See Appendix IV of the Catalog for a list of addresses.
Headquarters Office: Rehabilitation Services Administration, Office of
Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education,
Washington, DC 20202-2649. Contact: Timothy Muzzio. Telephone: (202) 205-8926.
Web Site Address: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OSERS/RSA.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
(1) An innovative model for rehabilitation engineering technology training;
(2) a competency-based individualized training project using interactive
videodisc technology training; and 3) a computer-based training program for
rehabilitation professionals in the areas of head injury rehabilitation and
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
The relevance of the content of the training to the mission of the public
rehabilitation program and priorities for projects are in the application
notice. Criteria for evaluating applications are published in program
regulations 34 CFR 385 and 387.
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