Monday, August 27, 2012

US Department of Education grants $750000 for Research for people with disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education today awarded a $750,000 grant to SEDL of Austin, Texas, to carry out activities to help people with disabilities through a Center on Knowledge Translation of Disability and Rehabilitation Research. This grant will develop resources for, support the training of, and provide technical assistance to disability and rehabilitation researchers to effectively communicate new research knowledge to people with disabilities and other stakeholders in a timely manner and in easy-to-understand formats.

“This grant will help to ensure that valuable new knowledge about how to improve the lives of those with disabilities gets to the hands of those who can use it to inform their decision-making,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “This project will support research and training that promote goals of inclusion, integration, employment and self-sufficiency – ultimately providing opportunities for individuals with disabilities and helping them achieve their full potential.”

The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), a component of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), is the main federal agency that supports applied research, training and development to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities