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Department of Education awards two grants totaling more than $1 million to provide opportunities for people with disabilities

August 28th, 2012  |  Deborah Hammonds

Last week, the U.S. Department of Education announced that two Texas companies had each been awarded a grant for research to provide opportunities for people with disabilities. The research grants were awarded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), a component of the Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS).

A $750,000 grant was awarded 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. According to NIDRR, the 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. The $750,000 reflects the first year funding of a five-year grant.

A $613,091 grant was awarded to the Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) of Houston, Texas, to carry out research that aims to improve living and work situations for people with disabilities. TIRR will establish the Americans with Disabilities Act National Network Research Collaborative to examine factors that influence community living, community participation, and work and economic participation of people with disabilities, with the goal of identifying key participation disparities and strategies to address them. The $613,091 reflects the first year amount of a five-year grant.

The grants “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 in an August 21st press statement. Both projects “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.”

NIDRR is the main federal agency that supports applied research, training and development to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities. For more information on the NIDRR, go to www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/nidrr/index.html