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Friday,

July 6, 2001

Part III

Department of
Education
National Institute on Disability and
Rehabilitation Research; Notice

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION at: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OSERS/ expanded to include public vocational


NIDRR/#LRP. rehabilitation agencies as appropriate
National Institute on Disability and audiences for disseminating each
Rehabilitation Research National Education Goals
project’s research results.
The eight National Education Goals
AGENCY: Office of Special Education and focus the Nation’s education reform Priority 3: Wayfinding Technologies for
Rehabilitative Services, Department of efforts and provide a framework for Individuals Who Are Blind
Education. improving teaching and learning. Comment: One commenter suggested
ACTION: Notice of Final Funding This notice addresses the National that the Rehabilitation Engineering
Priorities for Fiscal Years (FY) 2001– Education Goal that every adult Research Center (RERC) be required to
2003 for three Disability and American will be literate and will conduct a comparative study looking at
Rehabilitation Research Projects. possess the knowledge and skills successful and less successful travel
necessary to compete in a global techniques used by both sighted and
SUMMARY: We are announcing three final
economy and exercise the rights and blind travelers.
funding priorities under the Disability responsibilities of citizenship. Discussion: An applicant may propose
and Rehabilitation Research Projects a comparative study under the first
and Centers Program (DRRP) of the Authority
activity and the peer review process will
National Institute on Disability and The authority for the program to evaluate the merits of the proposal.
Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) for FY establish research priorities by reserving Changes: None.
2001–2003. Strategies for Promoting funds to support particular research Comment: One commenter stated that
Information Technology (IT)-based activities is contained in sections 202(g) including the word ‘‘safely’’ in the first
Educational Opportunities for and 204 of the Rehabilitation Act of activity implies a level of assurance that
Individuals with Disabilities, Strategies 1973, as amended (29 U.S.C. 762(g) and can never exist in any public travel
for Promoting Information Technology 764(b)). Regulations governing this environment and should therefore be
(IT)-based Employment and Training program are found in 34 CFR part 350. eliminated from the activity.
Opportunities for Individuals with Note: This notice does not solicit Discussion: NIDRR believes that
Disabilities, and Wayfinding applications. A notice inviting applications is including the word ‘‘safely’’ within the
Technologies for Individuals Who Are published in this issue of the Federal general purpose statement and
Blind. We take this action to focus Register. subsequent activities of this priority is
research attention on areas of national appropriate even though it may never be
need. We intend these priorities to Analysis of Comments and Changes 100 percent achieved.
improve the rehabilitation services and On April 27, 2001, we published a Changes: None.
outcomes for individuals with notice of proposed priorities in the Comment: One commenter feels that
disabilities. Federal Register (66 FR 21125). The evidence gathered for this priority does
DATES: These priorities take effect on Department of Education received three not support the requirement that
August 6, 2001. letters commenting on the notice of applicants must investigate ‘‘electronic
proposed priorities by the deadline date. travel aids’’ in the second activity and
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Most of the comments concerned all suggested the word ‘‘electronic’’ be
Donna Nangle. Telephone: (202) 205– eliminated altogether and the words
three priorities, had multiple issues and
5880. Individuals who use a ‘‘and techniques’’ be added after ‘‘travel
suggestions, and overlapped with other
telecommunications device for the deaf aids.’’
comments. NIDRR is responding to the
(TDD) may call the TDD number at (202) Discussion: NIDRR believes that the
comments on priority one and priority
205–4475. Internet: background statement adequately
two jointly. Technical and other minor
Donna.Nangle@ed.gov. supports each activity, including the
changes—and suggested changes that
Individuals with disabilities may need to investigate, evaluate, and
we are not legally authorized to make
obtain this document in an alternative develop electronic travel aids. However,
under statutory authority—are not
format (e.g., Braille, large print, NIDRR does agree with the commenter’s
addressed.
audiotape, or computer diskette) on suggestion to add ‘‘and techniques’’
request to the contact person listed in Priority 1: Strategies for Promoting after ‘‘travel aids.’’
the preceding paragraph. Information Technology (IT)-Based Changes: The second activity has
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This Educational Opportunities for been revised by adding the words ‘‘and
notice contains final priorities under the Individuals With Disabilities techniques’’ after the word ‘‘aids.’’
National Institute on Disability and Priority 2: Strategies for Promoting Comment: One commenter suggested
Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) Information Technology (IT)-Based that the third activity would be
Disability and Rehabilitation Research Employment and Training strengthened by adding ‘‘and State and
Projects and Centers Program (DRRP) for Opportunities for Individuals With local government agencies concerned
Strategies for Promoting Information Disabilities with traffic control, design of public
Technology (IT)-based Educational transit and transit information and
Opportunities for Individuals with General vending systems’ after ‘‘industry.’’
Disabilities, Strategies for Promoting Comment: The priorities should Discussion: NIDRR agrees that State
Information Technology (IT)-based require applicants to disseminate and local government agencies play an
Employment and Training research results to State vocational important role in the design,
Opportunities for Individuals with rehabilitation agencies. development, and maintenance of
Disabilities, and Wayfinding Discussion: NIDRR agrees that systems concerned with traffic control
Technologies for Individuals Who Are vocational rehabilitation agencies would and public transportation. An applicant
Blind. benefit from the research results could propose to explore strategies for
The final priorities refer to NIDRR’s disseminated by the projects. strengthening partnerships with State
Long-Range Plan (the Plan). The Plan Changes: The dissemination activities and local government agencies
can be accessed on the World Wide Web for both IT-based priorities have been regarding these issues and the peer

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review process will evaluate the merits economic and social self-sufficiency of one industry with the fastest wage and
of the proposal. individuals with disabilities; and salary employment growth through 2008
Changes: None. (b) Improve the effectiveness of (‘‘Career Guide to Industries 2001–01
Comment: One commenter suggested services authorized under the Act. Edition, Bureau of Labor Statistics’’,
that the word ‘‘project’’ in the general Priorities for IT-Based Employment and U.S. Department of Labor, pg. 4, 2000,
purpose statement implies a transitional Education Initiatives Background http://stats.bls.gov/cghome.htm). Given
nature to the funded entity and the increase in IT employment
recommended replacing it with The mission of NIDRR is to ‘‘generate, opportunities along with the flexibility
‘‘program.’’ disseminate, and promote the full use of these careers provide, the IT field offers
new knowledge that improves tremendous opportunities for
Discussion: The use of the word
substantially the options for disabled individuals with disabilities. One needs
‘‘project’’ in this priority is correct and
individuals to perform regular activities only to scan the daily newspapers to see
is not meant to imply anything beyond
in the community, and the capacity of the abundance of openings for skilled IT
what is published in the Federal
society to provide full opportunities and professionals. Therefore, research
Register.
appropriate supports for its disabled examining opportunities and barriers for
Changes: None.
citizens’’ (NIDRR Long-Range Plan, 64 individuals with disabilities in IT-based
Comment: One commenter FR 68575–68614, http://www.ed.gov/
emphasized the importance of including employment is crucial in this IT driven
offices/OSERS/NIDRR). Consistent with society.
experienced and novice blind and NIDRR’s mission, the NIDRR long-range
partially sighted travelers that are For purposes of this discussion, IT-
plan introduced an expanded research based education and training may occur
representative of a demographically agenda focused on elucidating the ‘‘New in secondary, post-secondary, and
older and geographically diverse Paradigm of Disability.’’ The new vocational environments. IT-based
population in all facets of this project paradigm of disability presents a employment careers encompass the use
and recommended that NIDRR reorder framework for conceptualizing and of, but are not limited to, high speed
the bulleted section of the priority to understanding the interaction between computers, modems, sophisticated
put consumers first on the list of individuals and the environment and telecommunications networks, cable
required collaborators. The commenter how it impacts the lives of persons with networks, intranets, the Internet, the
went on to recommend rewording the disabilities. The dynamic person- World Wide Web, and satellites.
last bulleted item in the proposed environment relationship is complex, In general, people with disabilities are
priority so that it reads ‘‘Projects must encompassing both influences and less likely to have access to technology.
demonstrate success in recruiting and consequences in a variety of domains at For example, 11 percent of people with
employing qualified individuals who the individual, institutional, and disabilities aged 15 and above have
are blind and partially sighted at every community levels. These complex access to the Internet at home,
level of the program.’’ person-environment relationships are compared to 31 percent of individuals
Discussion: NIDRR does not rank not clearly understood although they without disabilities (Kay, S.H. (2000),
activities identified in its priorities. All have the potential to either facilitate Computer and Internet use among
applicants are expected to address every community integration and people with disabilities, Disability
activity, including those that are independence for individuals with Statistics Report (13, pg. 5), Washington
bulleted, and have the discretion to disabilities or, conversely, to serve as DC: U.S. Department of Education,
propose the amount of resources they barriers to full participation in society, National Institute on Disability and
expect to allocate for each activity. The including education and employment. Rehabilitation Research. http://
peer review process will determine the Employment is a critical factor in dsc.ucsf.edu/UCSF/pdf/REPORT13.pdf).
merits of each proposal. NIDRR does not providing individuals with disabilities Consequently, many individuals with
agree with the proposed rewording of opportunities to function independently disabilities have not experienced the
the last bulleted item. The commenter’s in society. Employment frequently benefits of using information technology
concerns about recruiting and engenders empowerment, inclusion, to advance their education or
employing qualified individuals who and independence to the fullest extent employment careers. Students of all
are blind and partially sighted at every possible. The National Organization on ages with disabilities encounter barriers
level of the program are addressed in Disability Harris Survey of Americans that limit their participation in IT-based
the selection criteria used to evaluate with Disabilities (2000) found that only education and training.
applications. 32% of working age (18–64) individuals Environmental, attitudinal, technical,
Changes: None. with disabilities work full or part time social, and financial barriers that limit
compared to 81% of the non-disabled access to IT-based education and
Disability and Rehabilitation Research
population, a difference of 49 percent. training in IT are often referred to as the
Projects and Centers Program
In addition, more than two-thirds of ‘‘digital divide’’ (U.S. Department of
The authority for Disability and those individuals with disabilities who Commerce Report, ‘‘Falling through the
Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRP) are not employed say they would prefer Net II: New Data on the Digital Divide’’,
is contained in section 204 of the to be working. pg. 2, 1998, http://www.ntia.doc.gov/
Rehabilitation of 1973, as amended (29 The Bureau of Labor Statistics has ntiahome/net2/falling.html). Studies
U.S.C. 762(g) and 764(b)). The purpose projected that four of the top ten fastest have found that students with
of the DRRP program is to plan and growing occupations over the next eight disabilities in grades K–12 receive the
conduct research, demonstration years will be in the information poorest exposure to science and math of
projects, training and related activities technology industry (‘‘The 10 fastest any category of students. Data compiled
to— growing occupations, 1998–2008’’, by the National Center for Education
(a) Develop methods, procedures, and Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Statistics compared college students
rehabilitation technology that Department of Labor, 2000, http:// with and without disabilities and
maximizes the full inclusion and stats.bls.gov/news.release/ indicates that students with disabilities
integration into society, employment, ecopro.t06.htm). Information technology are underrepresented in life sciences,
independent living, family support, and (IT) is also projected to be the number physical sciences, and math (National

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Center for Education Statistics, technologies are changing the way our Technology, as identified through
‘‘Students with disabilities in post- society operates. For example, these consultation with the NIDRR project
secondary education: A profile of technologies have increased officer; and
preparation, participation, and entrepreneurial and self-employment • Involve individuals with
outcomes’’, NCES 1999–187, opportunities for individuals with and disabilities and underserved
Washington, DC: U.S. Department of without disabilities (‘‘Career Guide to populations in all aspects of this project.
Education, 1999, http://nces.ed.gov/ Industries 2001–01 Edition’’, Bureau of
spider/webspider/1999187.shtml). Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Priority 2: Strategies for Promoting IT-
Therefore, an under-exposure to the Labor, pg. 42, 1999, http://stats.bls.gov/ Based Employment and Training
disciplines of science, engineering and cghome.htm). To encourage growth in Opportunities for Individuals With
technology increases the likelihood that this sector, an examination of the factors Disabilities
students with disabilities who seek involved in IT-related self-employment We will establish multiple research
higher education will arrive poorly is needed to ensure that individuals projects that will conduct research on
prepared to pursue educational with disabilities have access to a full- IT-based employment and training
opportunities in these disciplines, range of employment options. It is vital strategies to identify barriers at the
further limiting their chances to that more individuals with disabilities systems and individual level and to
compete for employment in these and possess the skills necessary for identify and evaluate effective strategies
related areas. employment in IT-related fields as this for promoting increased employment
Strategies to expand access to IT will greatly facilitate their full opportunities for individuals with
careers vary immensely. Private and participation in America’s economic, disabilities. These projects must:
public partnerships may provide one political, and social life.
mechanism for promoting skill and (1) Identify and evaluate IT-based
knowledge acquisition and employment Priority 1: Strategies for Promoting IT- training and employment recruitment,
in the field of information and Based Educational Opportunities for hiring, and placement strategies,
communication technology. For Individuals With Disabilities including entrepreneurial opportunities,
instance, the DO-IT Scholars program at We will establish multiple research that promote successful employment for
the University of Washington is an projects to develop and evaluate IT- persons with disabilities in the IT
example of collaboration between based education and training strategies industry;
educational and business partners to that increase the employment of (2) Identify, develop, and evaluate
help students with disabilities explore individuals with disabilities in IT strategies to assist with overcoming
technology careers and encourage the related jobs. These projects must: barriers that limit opportunities for
acquisition of knowledge and skills (1) Identify, develop, and evaluate advanced skill development and
necessary to pursue technology careers. strategies that assist with overcoming promotions in jobs requiring significant
The National High School and High barriers that limit or preclude access to IT knowledge and skills (including
Tech Program allows students with IT education and training in secondary, training for individuals currently
disabilities to participate in ‘‘hands on’’ postsecondary, and vocational working in IT industry and those in jobs
enrichment activities including site education programs; requiring significant expertise with IT);
visits to laboratories and manufacturing (2) Identify and evaluate private and (3) Develop and evaluate training
plants, mentoring with professionals in public partnerships between programs to inform employers,
high tech fields, and paid summer educational entities and businesses to educators, and individuals with
employment and internship provide education or skill-based disabilities about effective strategies that
opportunities in high tech environments training that assist individuals with will assist with overcoming barriers for
(U.S. Department of Labor, ‘‘High disabilities in preparing for and IT-based training and improve IT-based
School and High Tech—Chapter I— securing employment in the IT industry employment opportunities; and
Introduction,’’ Office of Disability or employment in jobs requiring (4) Develop and implement in the first
Employment Policy—U.S. Department expertise and training in IT; and year of the grant, in consultation with
of Labor, 2001, pg. 1, http:// (3) Develop and implement in the first
the NIDRR-funded National Center for
www.dol.gov/dol/odep/public/media/ year of the grant, in consultation with
the Dissemination of Disability Research
reports/hsht00/toc.htm). the NIDRR-funded National Center for
(NCDDR), a plan to disseminate the
Increased knowledge and the Dissemination of Disability Research
project’s research results to the
understanding of different disabilities as (NCDDR), a plan to disseminate the
appropriate audiences including, but
well as reasonable accommodations, project’s research results to the
not limited to, educators, employers,
including assistive technologies and appropriate audiences including, but
manufacturers, persons with
access to IT, are critical to the not limited to, educators, employers,
recruitment and ongoing support of disabilities, disability organizations,
manufacturers, persons with
individuals with disabilities in IT-based technology service providers,
disabilities, disability organizations,
employment. In addition, expanded businesses, public vocational
technology service providers,
knowledge of employee rights and rehabilitation agencies, and journals.
businesses, public vocational
responsibilities, cost factors, legal rehabilitation agencies, and journals. In addition to activities proposed by
issues, healthcare liabilities, and In addition to activities proposed by the applicant to carry out these
disability culture will have an impact the applicants to carry out these purposes, the project must:
on the development of strategies used purposes, the projects must: • Coordinate with appropriate private
by employers to successfully train and • Coordinate with appropriate private and federally funded programs, such as
employ individuals with disabilities. and federally funded programs, such as the NIDRR-funded Community Based
While individuals with disabilities the NIDRR-funded Community Based Rehabilitation Research Projects on
are faced with barriers that limit access Rehabilitation Research Projects on Technology for Independence and
to technology and related education and Technology for Independence and the Projects with Industry (PWI), as
training, the Internet and other National Center on Accessible identified through consultation with the
information and communications Education-Based Information NIDRR project officer; and

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• Involve individuals with lose their ability (or readiness) to travel on Disability Research, Subcommittee
disabilities and underserved elsewhere. However, the panel also on Technology Wayfinding Technology
populations in all aspects of this project. expressed the need for better technical Workshop, September 28, 1999).
and environmental solutions that However, much of the planning efforts
Priority 3: Wayfinding Technologies for
provide location and mobility for roundabouts have neglected the
Individuals Who Are Blind orientation for blind individuals at wayfinding requirements and, as a
Background critical points in their daily activities. result, blind or visually impaired
Traveling independently without the (http://www.ncddr.org/icdr/ pedestrians have reported difficulty
use of sight presents certain challenges icdr_wayfinding.html). with perceiving gaps in traffic that are
People who are blind or visually sufficient to cross safely at high-volume
for some individuals and significant
impaired rely heavily on their senses to roundabouts (National Safety Council,
limitations for others. Typical
gather information about their ‘‘Pedestrian Accidents,’’ National Safety
approaches used to reduce problems
surroundings, then use their cognitive Council Accident Facts (Injury
associated with independent travel
abilities, especially reasoning and Statistics), 1998). (See http://
include environmental features that
memory, to determine what the sensory www.nsc.org/Irs/stainfo/af80.htm1)
provide audible or tactile equivalents of information ‘‘means’’ for spatial
information available visually to sighted Due to tremendous advances in
orientation. Typically individuals use electronic and computer technologies,
pedestrians, training for individuals auditory, tactile, olfactory and
who are blind or visually impaired, and there is great potential for development
kinesthetic feedback as they move about of new electronic travel aids (ETAs).
the provision of devices to aid in and associate certain sensory and
wayfinding. Ubiquitous computing, Global
perceptual experiences with locations Positioning Systems, wearable
Wayfinding refers to techniques used
along a route. The quality and computers, wireless connectivity,
by people who are blind or visually usefulness of sensory information
impaired as they move from place to microelectronic mechanical systems,
depends in part on how the individual and new interface technologies are all
place independently and safely. who is blind or visually impaired
Wayfinding is typically divided into examples of technological advances that
perceives the information and the could be incorporated into a new
two categories: orientation and mobility. specificity of the information provided
Orientation concerns the ability for one generation of ETAs and ultimately
(Blasch, B., ‘‘An Overview of improve the wayfinding skills of
to monitor his or her position in Wayfinding Issues and Technology,’’
relationship to the environment; and individuals who are blind or visually
presented at the Interagency Committee
mobility refers to one’s ability to travel impaired. For example: traffic control
on Disability Research, Subcommittee
safely, detecting and avoiding obstacles buttons could be programmed to be
on Technology Wayfinding Technology
and other potential hazards. In general interactive with a wearable device;
Workshop, September 28, 1999).
terms, wayfinding is the ability to: know Blind pedestrians often experience digital compasses could aid users with
where you are, where you are headed, difficulty navigating where there is free alignment and veering; accessible digital
and how best to get there; recognize flowing traffic such as in parking lots, maps could provide blind pedestrians
when you have reached your malls and office complexes, campuses, with information regarding street
destination; and find your way out—all and roads constructed to keep traffic names, addresses, and businesses; and
accomplished in a safe and independent flowing. They frequently find it difficult sensor technology could help blind
manner. and dangerous to obtain information pedestrians navigate hallways in large
On September 28, 1999, the needed to cross at traffic intersections buildings and correct veering in open
Interagency Committee on Disability because of noise, intermittent traffic spaces (i.e., malls, parks, transit plazas,
Research (ICDR), Subcommittee on flow, veering due to little or no acoustic etc.) (Ross, D., ‘‘Integrating Current
Technology, sponsored a workshop to guidelines or the street being too wide, Wayfinding Technology,’’ presented at
explore the state-of-the-art of and intersections that offset from one the Interagency Committee on Disability
wayfinding technology and to identify another. Conventional traffic signals Research, Subcommittee on Technology
research and development activities that often complicate the situation. In Wayfinding Technology Workshop,
could improve the wayfinding contrast, intersections equipped with September 28, 1999). However, there is
capabilities of individuals who are blind accessible pedestrian signal (APS) little evidence that advances in
or visually impaired. A panel of technologies (e.g., audible or vibrotactile electronic and computer technologies
researchers, supported by the National information sources) have been shown have been incorporated into new ETAs.
Institute on Disability and to be helpful to blind and visually Priority 3
Rehabilitation Research, the Department impaired pedestrians.
of Veterans Affairs, the National Science Another problem stems from a We will establish a project to
Foundation, and the Architectural and growing trend of using free-flowing investigate wayfinding strategies,
Transportation Barriers Compliance roundabout intersections to move traffic designs, environmental features, and
Board, described the state of current quickly and safely. Roundabouts, also electronic information and travel aids
technology as well as ongoing research referred to as traffic circles, are defined that will enable blind and visually
in the field. A panel of individuals who as circular intersections typically with a impaired pedestrians to safely and
are blind or visually impaired provided center island and no traffic signals. independently navigate their
consumer perspectives. A common Many traffic engineers feel that surroundings, including traffic
theme expressed by the consumer panel roundabouts increase safety because intersections and roundabouts. The
was that newly developed wayfinding vehicles: (1) Must yield on entry to a project must:
technologies should supplement, and roundabout; (2) rarely travel (a) Identify, assess, and evaluate
not supplant, already accepted mobility perpendicular to one another; and (3) current and emerging needs, and
aids such as white canes and guide travel at relatively low rates of speed barriers to meeting those needs, that
dogs. Some expressed concern that while in roundabouts (Guth, D., affect the wayfinding abilities of blind
individuals could become too ‘‘Wayfinding at Modern Roundabouts,’’ and visually impaired pedestrians to
dependent on electronic travel aids and presented at the Interagency Committee safely and independently navigate their

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surroundings, including traffic (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance regulations: Disability Rehabilitation
intersections and roundabouts; Numbers 84.133A, Disability Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers—34 CFR
(b) Based upon the activities Research Project) part 350, and the Notice of Final Priority
described in paragraph (a), investigate, Program Authority: 29 U.S.C. 762(g) and published elsewhere in this issue of the
evaluate, and develop new planning 764(b). Federal Register.
strategies, environmental features, and Dated: July 2, 2001. Pre-Application Meeting: Interested
electronic travel aids and techniques Francis V. Corrigan, parties are invited to participate in pre-
that can be used by blind and visually Deputy Director, National Institute on
application meetings to discuss the
impaired pedestrians to safely and Disability and Rehabilitation Research. funding priorities. In each meeting you
independently navigate their [FR Doc. 01–16982 Filed 7–5–01; 8:45 am]
will receive technical assistance and
surroundings, including traffic information about the funding priority.
BILLING CODE 4000–01–P
intersections and roundabouts; and You may attend the meetings either in
(c) Develop and explore various person or by conference call at the
strategies for strengthening partnerships DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Department of Education, Office of
with industry to facilitate the Special Education and Rehabilitative
development and implementation of [CFDA No.: 84.133A] Services, Switzer Building, Room 3065,
new designs, technologies, and 330 C St. SW., Washington, DC between
Office of Special Education and 10:00 a.m. and 12 noon. NIDRR staff
applications that are appropriate for Rehabilitative Services, National
blind and visually impaired pedestrians will also be available at this location
Institute on Disability and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on that same
to use for wayfinding. Rehabilitation Research
In addition to activities proposed by day to provide technical assistance
the applicant to carry out these ACTION: Notice inviting applications for through individual consultation about
purposes, the project must: fiscal year (FY) 2001 for new awards the funding priority.
• Collaborate on research projects of and announcing pre-application Pre-Application Meeting Dates: The
mutual interest with relevant projects meetings. pre-application meeting for both the
such as the NIDRR-funded RERCs on Resource Center for Strategies for
Low Vision and Blindness and SUMMARY: We invite applications for Promoting IT-based Educational
Information Technology Access as new grant awards for FY 2001 for three Opportunities for Individuals with
identified through consultation with the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Disabilities and the Strategies for
NIDRR project officer; Projects and Centers Program (DRRP) Promoting IT-based Employment and
• Collaborate with relevant Federal funding priorities on Strategies for Training Opportunities for Individuals
agencies responsible for the Promoting Information Technology (IT)- with Disabilities will be held on July 24,
administration of public laws that based Educational Opportunities for 2001. For further information or to make
address access to and usability of traffic Individuals with Disabilities, Strategies arrangements to participate in the July
intersections for individuals with for Promoting Information Technology 24, 2001, meeting contact Richard
disabilities such as the Architectural (IT)-based Employment and Training Wilson, Switzer Building, room 3033C,
and Transportation Barriers Compliance Opportunities for Individuals with 400 Maryland Avenue, SW.,
Board, the U.S. Department of Disabilities, and Wayfinding Washington, DC 20202. Internet:
Transportation’s Federal Highway Technologies for Individuals Who Are Richard.Wilson@ed.gov Telephone
Administration, Federal Transit Blind. (202) 205–9088.
Administration and National Highway Purpose of the Program: The purpose The pre-application meeting for the
Traffic Safety Administration, and other of the Disability and Rehabilitation Wayfinding Technologies for
relevant Federal agencies identified by Research Projects and Centers Program Individuals Who Are Blind will be held
NIDRR; and is to improve the effectiveness of on July 25, 2001. For further
• Involve individuals who are blind services authorized under the information or to make arrangements to
and visually impaired in all aspects of Rehabilitation Act of 1973. We take this participate in the July 25, 2001, meeting
this project. action to focus research attention on contact William Peterson, Switzer
areas of national need. The priorities are Building, room 3425, 400 Maryland
Electronic Access to This Document intended to improve rehabilitation Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202.
You may view this document, as well services and outcomes for individuals Internet: William.Peterson@ed.gov
as all other Department of Education with disabilities. Telephone (202) 205–9192. If you use a
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