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84.328 Special Education_Parent Information Centers

FEDERAL AGENCY:

OFFICE OF SPECIAL EDUCATION AND REHABILITATIVE SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

AUTHORIZATION:

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part D, Subpart 2, Chapter 1, Sections 682-684, as amended, Public Law 105- 17, 20 U.S.C. 1482-1484.
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To ensure that children with disabilities, and parents of children with disabilities: (1) Receive training and information on their rights and protections under the IDEA and (2) can effectively participate in planning and decision making related to early intervention, special education, and transitional services, including the development of the Individualized Education Programs (IEP's).

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Project Grants.
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

Funds must be used to support the objectives of the program.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility: Parent organizations, as defined in Section 682(g) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Beneficiary Eligibility: Infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities, and other individuals with disabilities, and their families benefit from this program.
Credentials/Documentation: None.
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APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:

Pre-application Coordination: This program is covered under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as a single point of contact in his or her State to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure: The standard application forms as furnished and required by OMB Circular No. A-102 must be used for this program. The program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110.
Award Procedure: Applications will be reviewed by a panel of experts.
Deadlines: Deadlines are published in the Federal Register or you may contact the Headquarters Office for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time: Range is from 90 to 120 days.
Appeals: Not applicable.
Renewals: Awards may be renewed annually for up to 5 years throughout the project period of the award, depending upon the availability of appropriations.

ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements: The Secretary may require a recipient of a grant, contract, or cooperative agreement to share in the cost of a project.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance: Typically from 1 to 5 years. Renewals are subject to the availability of funds.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports: Progress reports shall be made on annual basis. Final reports shall be made at the end of the project period. Cash balance reports will be required annually.
Audits: 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: As stated in grant or contract terms and conditions, the awardee shall maintain accounts, records, and other evidence pertaining to all costs incurred, revenues or other applicable credits acquired under this grant.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification: 91-0300-0-1-500.
Obligations: (Grants) FY 01 $26,000,000; FY 02 est $26,000,000; and FY 03 est $26,000,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance:
The range and average vary by competition.
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PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Approximately 100 awards were made in fiscal year 2001.

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

None.

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office: Not applicable.
Headquarters Office: Carmen Sanchez Department of Education, OSERS Office of Special Education Programs, 400 Maryland, Ave., SW, Room 4057 PCP, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: carmen.sanchez@ed.gov Phone: (202)245-6595

Web Site Address:  
http://www2.ed.gov/programs/oseppic/index.html

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

Contact the Program Office for examples of funded projects.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

Criteria for selecting among grant applications will normally be selected from those in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), 34 CFR Part 75.210.

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