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federal register

June 1, 1999

Part VII

Department of
National Institute on Disability and
Rehabilitation Research; Funding Priority
for Fiscal Years 1999–2000 for a
Disability and Rehabilitation Research
Project; Inviting Applications for a New
Disability and Rehabilitation Research
Project for Fiscal Year 1999; Notices
29528 Federal Register / Vol. 64, No. 104 / Tuesday, June 1, 1999 / Notices

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION applications under this competition will be those who are employed by those
published in the Federal Register concurrent organizations.
National Institute on Disability and with or following the publication of the Changes: The priority has been
Rehabilitation Research; Funding notice of final priority. revised to include as potential trainees
Priority for Fiscal Years 1999–2000 for Analysis of Comments and Changes those individuals with disabilities who
a Disability and Rehabilitation have demonstrated leadership potential,
Research Project On March 9, 1999 the Secretary including those from minority
published a notice of proposed priority backgrounds, who work for, or with, or
AGENCY: Department of Education. in the Federal Register (64 FR 11748). are served by community-based
ACTION: Notice of funding priority for The Department of Education received organizations.
fiscal years 1999–2000 for a Disability five letters commenting on the notice of Comment: The entities listed in the
and Rehabilitation Research Project. final priority by the deadline date. An first required activity should not be
analysis of the comments and of the limited to those that are disability-
SUMMARY: The Secretary announces a changes in the priority since publication related.
funding priority for a Disability and of the proposed priority follows. Discussion: The priority’s purpose is
Rehabilitation Research Project (DRRP) Generally, we do not address technical to increase the leadership competencies
under the National Institute on and other minor changes—and of persons with disabilities in order to
Disability and Rehabilitation Research suggested changes the law does not enhance their ability to improve the
(NIDRR) for fiscal years 1999–2000. The authorize the Secretary to make. lives of persons with disabilities.
Secretary takes this action to focus Eliminating the requirement that
research attention on areas of national Priority: Leadership Training
cooperating entities must be disability-
need. This priority is intended to Comment: The areas of training related would undermine this purpose.
improve rehabilitation services and should be broader and include training Changes: None.
outcomes for individuals with in interpersonal communication. In Comment: Can the priority’s focus be
disabilities. addition, the training should increase expanded to include international
EFFECTIVE DATE: This priority takes effect knowledge across a broad range of exchange activities and participants
on July 1, 1999. disabilities including physical, from other countries?
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: cognitive, and emotional disabilities. Discussion: The priority is intended to
Donna Nangle, U.S. Department of Discussion: The priority states the train emerging leaders who work for, or
Education, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW., goal of the leadership training and the with, or are served by community-based
Room 3418, Switzer Building, areas of training that may be included organizations in cooperation with
Washington, DC. 20202–2645. in the project. Working toward that goal, national, State, and local entities.
Telephone: (202) 205–5880. Individuals applicants have the discretion to International exchange activities are
who use a telecommunications device propose the specific areas of training. outside the scope of the priority, and
for the deaf (TDD) may call the TDD An applicant could propose to provide participation of individuals from other
countries is outside the scope of the
number at (202) 205–2742. Internet: training in interpersonal
Donna Nangle@ed.gov. communication and increase knowledge priority unless they work for, or with, or
Individuals with disabilities may across a broad range of disabilities are served by eligible community-based
obtain this document in an alternate including physical, cognitive, and organizations.
format (e.g., Braille, large print, emotional disabilities. The peer review Changes: None.
audiotape, or computer diskette) on process will evaluate the merits of the Disability and Rehabilitation Research
request to the contact person listed in proposal. NIDRR has no basis to require Projects
the preceding paragraph. all applicants to provide training on
Authority for Disability and
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This interpersonal communication and
Rehabilitation Research Projects
notice contains a final priority under the knowledge across a broad range of
(DRRPs) is contained in section 204(a)
Disability and Rehabilitation Research disabilities including physical,
of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as
Projects and Centers Program for a cognitive, and emotional disabilities.
amended (29 U.S.C. 764(a)). DRRPs
DRRP on leadership training. There is a Changes: None. carry out one or more of the following
reference in the proposed priority to Comment: Four commenters types of activities, as specified in 34
NIDRR’s Long-Range Plan (LRP). The recommended that potential trainees CFR 350.13–350.19: research,
LRP can be accessed on the World Wide should include not only those who work development, demonstration, training,
Web at: http://www.ed.gov/legislation/ for community-based organizations, but dissemination, utilization, and technical
FedRegister/announcements/1998–4/ also those who work with those assistance. Disability and Rehabilitation
102698a.html organizations (e.g., volunteers). One Research Projects develop methods,
This final priority supports the commenter recommended that persons procedures, and rehabilitation
National Education Goal that calls for with disabilities who are served by technology that maximize the full
every adult American to possess the community-based organizations should inclusion and integration into society,
skills necessary to compete in a global be eligible to be trainees. employment, independent living, family
economy. Discussion: NIDRR believes that the support, and economic and social self-
The authority for the Secretary to pool of eligible trainees should be as sufficiency of individuals with
establish research priorities by reserving large as possible, and therefore agree disabilities, especially individuals with
funds to support particular research that all of these individuals could be the most severe disabilities. In addition,
activities is contained in sections 202(g) included, on the condition that they DRRPs improve the effectiveness of
and 204 of the Rehabilitation Act of have demonstrated leadership potential. services authorized under the
1973, as amended (29 U.S.C. 762(g) and NIDRR agrees that individuals who Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.
764). work with, or who are served by Priority: Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3),
Note: This notice of final priority does not community-based organizations should the Secretary gives an absolute
solicit applications. A notice inviting be eligible to be trainees along with preference to applications that meet the
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following priority. The Secretary will individuals with disabilities who have DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
fund under this competition only demonstrated leadership potential,
[CFDA No.: 84.133A–14]
applications that meet this priority. including those from minority
backgrounds, who work for, or with, or Office of Special Education and
Priority: Leadership Training
are served by community-based Rehabilitative Services; National
Introduction organizations whose purpose is to Institute on Disability and
Chapter Two of NIDRR’s proposed improve the educational, employment, Rehabilitation Research; Inviting
LRP (63 FR 57194–57198) describes the and socio-economic status of diverse Applications for a New Disability and
increased rate of disability in racial and communities of people. Areas of Rehabilitation Research Project for
ethnic minorities. Disability services training may include: service delivery, Fiscal Year 1999
providers, including providers of disability civil rights history and
advocacy, management, policy and SUMMARY: This notice provides closing
vocational rehabilitation services, are
financial analysis, and establishment of dates and other information regarding
studying ways to improve access to, and
policies and direction for rehabilitation the transmittal of applications for fiscal
the provision of, services to minority
programs. year 1999 competition under the
populations. There is a need for new
In carrying out these purposes, the National Institute on Disability and
training approaches in order to increase
project must: Rehabilitation Research—Disability and
the number of leaders with disabilities,
Rehabilitation Research Project. The
including those from minority • Address issues of equal access of purpose of the Disability and
backgrounds, to become effective minority individuals with significant Rehabilitation Research Project and
advocates for all persons with disabilities to rehabilitation services; Centers Program is to improve the
disabilities. and
Section 21 of the Rehabilitation Act of effectiveness of services authorized
1973, as amended, requires that NIDRR • Provide training on the philosophy under the Act. Section 21 of the
reserve a portion of its appropriated of disability-related self-determination Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended,
funds for a fiscal year to carry out and self-advocacy, development of peer requires that NIDRR reserve a portion of
certain activities. Section 21(b)(2)(A) relationships, inclusion, independent its appropriated funds for a fiscal year
authorizes NIDRR to make awards to living, and peer role models. to carry out certain activities. Section
minority entities and Indian tribes to 21(b)(2)(A) authorizes NIDRR to make
Electronic Access to This Document awards to minority entities and Indian
carry out activities authorized under
Title II of the Act. Minority entities are You may review this document, as tribes to carry out activities authorized
defined as a historically Black college or well as all other Department of under Title II of the Act.
Education documents published in the This notice supports the National
university (a Part B institution, as
Federal Register, in text or Adobe Education Goal that calls for every adult
defined in Section 322(2) of the Higher
Portable Document Format (PDF) on the American to possess the skills necessary
Education Act of 1965), a Hispanic-
World Wide Web at either of the to compete in a global economy.
serving institution of higher education,
following sites: Deadline for Transmittal of
an American Indian tribal college or
Applications: July 16, 1999.
university, or another institution of http://ocfo.ed.gov/fedreg.htm Application Available: June 1, 1999.
higher education whose minority Maximum Award Amount Per Year:
student enrollment is at least 50 http://www.ed.gov/news.html
percent. Consistent with Section To use the PDF you must have the
21(b)(2)(A), eligibility to apply for this Note: The Secretary will reject without
Adobe Acrobat Reader Program with consideration or evaluation any application
grant will be limited to minority entities Search, which is available free at either that proposes a project funding level that
and Indian tribes. of the preceding sites. If you have exceeds the stated maximum award amount
Priority: The Secretary will establish a questions about using the PDF, call the per year (See 34 CFR 75.104(b)).
DRRP to increase the leadership U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO)
competencies of individuals with Estimated Number of Awards: 1.
at (202) 512–1530 or, toll free at 1–888–
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minority backgrounds, who work for, or awards in this notice do not bind the
Note: The official version of this document Department of Education to a specific level
with, or are served by community-based is the document published in the Federal
organizations, whose purpose is to of funding or number of grants.
Register. Free Internet access to the official
improve the educational, employment, edition of the Federal Register and the Code Project Period: 60 months.
and socio-economic status of diverse of Federal Regulations is available on GPO Eligible Applicants: Parties eligible to
communities of people. The purpose is access at: apply for grants under this program are
to enable these trained individuals to minority entities and Indian tribes.
http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/ Minority entities are defined as a
maximize the full inclusion and
index.html historically Black college or university
integration of individuals of disabilities
of all ages into society, employment, Applicable Program Regulations: 34 CFR (a Part B institution, as defined in
Part 350.
independent living, family support, and Section 322(2) of the Higher Education
economic and social self-sufficiency. Program Authority: 29 U.S.C. 760–762. Act of 1965), a Hispanic-serving
The DRRP must: (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance institution of higher education, an
(a) Identify national, State, and local Number 84.133A, Disability and American Indian tribal college or
Rehabilitation Research Projects)
disability-related education, service, university, or another institution of
civil rights, and policy entities to Dated: May 20, 1999. higher education whose minority
participate in the development of Judith E. Heumann, student enrollment is at least 50
leadership training activities and Assistant Secretary for Special Education and percent.
strategies; and Rehabilitative Services. Applicable Regulations: (a) The
(b) In cooperation with the entities [FR Doc. 99–13851 Filed 5–28–99; 8:45 am] Education Department General
identified under paragraph (a), train BILLING CODE 4000–01–U Administrative Regulations (EDGAR),