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Trauma Rehabilitation; Research on with these proposed priorities is DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Aging. minimal while the benefits are
(e) Issues in Asset Accumulation and RIN 1820 ZA19
significant. Grantees may anticipate
Tax Policy for People with Disabilities: costs associated with completing the National Institute on Disability and
This project must conduct research on application process in terms of staff Rehabilitation Research
fiscal and social environmental barriers time, copying, and mailing or delivery.
to economic empowerment and self- The use of e-Application technology AGENCY: Office of Special Education and
sufficiency for people with disabilities reduces mailing and copying costs Rehabilitative Services, Department of
and the impact of legislation designed to Education.
significantly.
promote economic self-sufficiency and ACTION: Notice of proposed priority.
facilitate community integration. The The benefits of the DRRP Program
project must conduct systematic have been well established over the SUMMARY: The Assistant Secretary for
analysis of the relationship between tax years that similar projects have been Special Education and Rehabilitative
policy and asset accumulation for completed. These proposed priorities Services proposes a priority for a
individuals with disabilities and will generate new knowledge through Technical Assistance Resource Center
improved economic and community research to focus on stabilizing and on Parenting with a Disability under the
integration outcomes. This includes improving lives of persons with Disability and Rehabilitation Research
testing the impact of asset accumulation disabilities. Projects (DRRP) Program under the
on economic improvements and National Institute on Disability and
The benefit of these proposed
community integration for individuals Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). The
with disabilities. The reference for this priorities and proposed applications
and project requirements will be the Assistant Secretary may use this priority
topic can be found in the Plan, chapter for competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2003
3, Employment Outcomes: Economic establishment of new DRRP projects that
and later years. We take this action to
Policy and Labor Market Trends. generate, disseminate, and promote the
focus research attention on an identified
(f) Identifying Opportunities and use of new information that will
national need. We intend this priority to
Barriers to Entrepreneurship for People improve the options for disabled improve rehabilitation services and
with Disabilities: This project must individuals to perform regular activities outcomes for individuals with
conduct research on ways to improve in the community. disabilities.
employment outcomes of individuals Applicable Program Regulations: 34
with disabilities through self- DATES: We must receive your comments
CFR part 350. on or before June 9, 2003.
employment and entrepreneurial
strategies and how to train both people Electronic Access to This Document ADDRESSES: Address all comments about
with disabilities and counselors in this proposed priority to Donna Nangle,
successful use of these strategies. The You may view this document, as well U.S. Department of Education, 400
research must include analysis of the as all other Department of Education Maryland Avenue, SW., room 3412,
effects of policies and practices of the documents published in the Federal Switzer Building, Washington, DC
vocational rehabilitation system; related Register, in text or Adobe Portable 20202–2645. If you prefer to send your
programs such as those of the Small Document Format (PDF) on the Internet comments through the Internet, use the
Business Administration; and other at the following site: www.ed.gov/ following address:
public, private, or nonprofit legislation/FedRegister. donna.nangle@ed.gov.
employment organizations on self- To use PDF you must have Adobe FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
employment options for individuals Acrobat Reader, which is available free Donna Nangle. Telephone: (202) 205–
with disabilities. The reference for this at this site. If you have questions about 5880.
topic can be found in the Plan, chapter using PDF, call the U.S. Government If you use a telecommunications
3, Employment Outcomes: Economic Printing Office (GPO), toll free, at 1– device for the deaf (TDD), you may call
Policy and Labor Market Trends. 888–293–6498; or in the Washington, the TDD number at (202) 205–4475 or
Executive Order 12866 DC, area at (202) 512–1530. via the Internet: donna.nangle@ed.gov.
Individuals with disabilities may
This notice of proposed priorities has Note: The official version of this document
obtain this document in an alternative
been reviewed in accordance with is published in the Federal Register. Free
format (e.g., Braille, large print,
Executive Order 12866. Under the terms Internet access to the official edition of the
Federal Register and the Code of Federal
audiotape, or computer diskette) on
of the order, we have assessed the
Regulations is available on GPO Access at:
request to the contact person listed
potential costs and benefits of this
http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/index.html.
under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
regulatory action.
CONTACT.
The potential costs associated with (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
the notice of proposed priorities are Number 84.133A, Disability Rehabilitation SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
those resulting from statutory Research Project.) Invitation to Comment
requirements and those we have
determined as necessary for Program Authority: 29 U.S.C. 762(g) and We invite you to submit comments
administering this program effectively 764(a). regarding this proposed priority.
and efficiently. Dated: May 6, 2003. We invite you to assist us in
In assessing the potential costs and Robert H. Pasternack, complying with the specific
benefits—both quantitative and requirements of Executive Order 12866
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and
qualitative—of this notice of proposed and its overall requirement of reducing
Rehabilitative Services.
priorities, we have determined that the regulatory burden that might result from
[FR Doc. 03–11627 Filed 5–8–03; 8:45 am]
benefits of the proposed priorities this proposed priority. Please let us
BILLING CODE 4000–01–P know of any further opportunities we
justify the costs.
Summary of potential costs and should take to reduce potential costs or
benefits: The potential cost associated increase potential benefits while

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preserving the effective and efficient Note: NIDRR supports the goals of policymaking, program administration,
administration of the program. President Bush’s New Freedom Initiative and delivery of services to individuals
During and after the comment period, (NFI). The NFI can be accessed on the with disabilities.
Internet at the following site: http:// NIDRR research addresses many
you may inspect all public comments
www.whitehouse.gov/news/ aspects of parenting with a disability.
about this priority in Room 3412, freedominitiative/freedominitiative.html.
Switzer Building, 330 C Street, SW., NIDRR projects develop and evaluate
Washington, DC, between the hours of The proposed priority is in concert assistive devices for use in child care;
8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., eastern time, with NIDRR’s Long-Range Plan (the analyze employment and health care
Monday through Friday of each week Plan). The Plan is comprehensive and benefits and options to enhance
except Federal holidays. integrates many issues relating to families; assess the impact of public and
disability and rehabilitation research private policies on parents with a
Assistance to Individuals With topics. While applicants will find many disability; and investigate models of
Disabilities in Reviewing the sections throughout the Plan that home-based care and positive family
Rulemaking Record support potential research to be roles as community integration
On request, we will supply an conducted under this proposed priority, strategies. The resource center may
appropriate aid, such as a reader or a specific reference is included for the provide information and technical
print magnifier, to an individual with a topic presented in this notice. The Plan assistance on custody, prenatal and
disability who needs assistance to can be accessed on the Internet at the neonatal, adoption, adaptive parenting
review the comments or other following site: http://www.ed.gov/ equipment, and general parenting
documents in the public rulemaking offices/OSERS/NIDRR/Products. information. Information and technical
record for this proposed priority. If you Through the implementation of the assistance will assist individuals with a
want to schedule an appointment for Plan, NIDRR seeks to: (1) Improve the wide range of disabilities including, but
this type of aid, please contact the quality and utility of disability and not limited to, parents with physical,
person listed under FOR FURTHER rehabilitation research; (2) foster an vision, hearing, intellectual, and
INFORMATION CONTACT. exchange of expertise, information, and behavioral disabilities.
We will announce the final priority in training to facilitate the advancement of In addition to parents with disabilities
a notice in the Federal Register. We will knowledge and understanding of the and their families, individuals in need
determine the final priority after unique needs of traditionally of information about parenting with a
considering responses to this notice and underserved populations; (3) determine disability may include advocates and
other information available to the best strategies and programs to improve personal care providers (especially
rehabilitation outcomes for underserved those working in independent living);
Department. This notice does not
populations; (4) identify research gaps; legal, social service, and medical
preclude us from proposing or funding
(5) identify mechanisms of integrating professionals; rehabilitation personnel;
additional priorities, subject to meeting
research and practice; and (6) teachers and school administrators;
applicable rulemaking requirements.
disseminate findings. librarians and information specialists;
Note: This notice does not solicit and members of the media.
applications. In any year in which we choose Disability and Rehabilitation Research
to use this proposed priority, we invite Projects (DRRP) Program Proposed Priority—Resource and
applications through a notice published in Technical Assistance Center on
the Federal Register. When inviting The purpose of the DRRP Program is Parenting with a Disability
applications we designate each priority as to plan and conduct research,
absolute, competitive preference, or The Assistant Secretary proposes to
demonstration projects, training, and
invitational. The effect of each type of fund one DRRP that will focus a
related activities that help to maximize
priority follows: dissemination, utilization, training, and
the full inclusion and integration of
technical assistance project to be a
Absolute priority: Under an absolute individuals with disabilities into society
‘‘Resource and Technical Assistance
priority, we consider only applications and to improve the effectiveness of
Center on Parenting with a Disability.’’
that meet the priority (34 CFR services authorized under the
The references for this topic can be
75.105(c)(3)). Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended
found in the Plan, chapter 2,
Competitive preference priority: (the Act). An applicant for assistance
Dimensions of Disability: Disability,
Under a competitive preference priority, under this program must demonstrate in
Employment, and Independent Living
we give competitive preference to an its application how it will address, in
and chapter 8, Knowledge
application by either (1) awarding whole or in part, the needs of
Dissemination and Utilization:
additional points, depending on how individuals with disabilities from
Overview. The DRRP must:
well or the extent to which the minority backgrounds (34 CFR
(1) Develop quality standards to guide
application meets the priority (34 CFR 350.40(a)). The approaches an applicant
the identification of information for
75.105(c)(2)(i)); or (2) selecting an may take to meet this requirement are
dissemination;
application that meets the competitive found in 34 CFR 350.40(b). (2) Provide information and technical
priority over an application of Priority assistance to people with disabilities
comparable merit that does not meet the who are or wish to be parents. A variety
competitive priority (34 CFR Background of methods and tools will be developed
75.105(c)(2)(ii)). This DRRP will provide expertise or to provide information and technical
Invitational priority: Under an information to assist people who have assistance. Tools might include such
invitational priority, we are particularly disabilities to fulfill their roles as items as: Catalogues and listings of
interested in applications that meet the parents. Dissemination is the systematic assistive technology, fact sheets, and
invitational priority. However, we do distribution of information or articles for publication in various
not give an application that meets the knowledge through a variety of ways to media. Methods to reach interested
priority a competitive or absolute potential users or beneficiaries. parties might include: interactive
preference over other applications (34 Utilization relates research findings to features of the Internet, wide area
CFR 75.105(c)(1)). practical applications in planning, telephone service, presentations at

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meetings or conferences and personal The benefits of the Resource and Training Centers (RRTC) Program for up
visits; Technical Assistance Center on to four awards for the National Institute
(3) Develop parent-to-parent support Parenting with a Disability has been on Disability and Rehabilitation
methods, including approaches for well established over the years in that Research (NIDRR) for Fiscal Year (FY)
sharing of information about ‘‘best similar projects have been completed. 2003 and later years. We take this action
practices’’ in parenting with a disability; This proposed priority will generate to focus research attention on areas of
(4) Train parents, potential parents, new knowledge through a national need. We intend these
service providers and others on issues dissemination, utilization, training, and priorities to improve the rehabilitation
relating to parenting with a disability technical assistance project. services and outcomes for individuals
and the research, information and The benefit of this proposed priority with disabilities.
services available to them; and and proposed applications and project DATES: We must receive your comments
(5) Evaluate project technical requirements will be the establishment on or before June 9, 2003.
assistance and information of a new DRRP projects that generates, ADDRESSES: Address all comments about
dissemination activities. disseminates, and promotes the use of these proposed priorities to Donna
In carrying out the purposes of the new information that will improve the Nangle, U.S. Department of Education,
priority, the DRRP must: options for disable individuals to 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 3412,
• Through consultation with the perform regular activities in the Switzer Building, Washington, DC
NIDRR project officer, coordinate and community. 20202–2645. If you prefer to send your
establish partnerships, as appropriate, Applicable Program Regulations: 34 comments through the Internet, use the
with other projects sponsored by CFR part 350. following address:
OSERS, academic institutions and
Electronic Access to This Document donna.nangle@ed.gov.
organizations that are relevant to the
project’s proposed activities; You may view this document, as well FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
• Demonstrate how the project will as all other Department of Education Donna Nangle. Telephone: (202) 205–
yield measurable results for people with documents published in the Federal 5880.
disabilities; Register, in text or Adobe Portable If you use a telecommunications
• Identify specific performance Document Format (PDF) on the Internet device for the deaf (TDD), you may call
targets and propose outcome indicators, at the following site: www.ed.gov/ the TDD number at (202) 205–4475 or
along with time lines to reach these legislation/FedRegister. via the Internet: donna.nangle@ed.gov.
targets; and To use PDF you must have Adobe Individuals with disabilities may
• Using information developed from Acrobat Reader, which is available free obtain this document in an alternative
the project’s dissemination, training, at this site. If you have questions about format (e.g., Braille, large print,
and technical assistance activities, with using PDF, call the U.S. Government audiotape, or computer diskette) on
emphasis on materials from NIDRR Printing Office (GPO), toll free, at 1– request to the contact person listed
projects, provide materials, 888–293–6498; or in the Washington, under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
consultation, technical assistance, and DC, area at (202) 512–1530. CONTACT.
related capacity-building activities to Note: The official version of this document SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
NIDRR grantees on how to assist parents is published in the Federal Register. Free
with disabilities. Invitation To Comment
Internet access to the official edition of the
Federal Register and the Code of Federal We invite you to submit comments
Executive Order 12866
Regulations is available on GPO Access at: regarding these proposed priorities.
This notice of proposed priority has http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/index.html. We invite you to assist us in
been reviewed in accordance with (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance complying with the specific
Executive Order 12866. Under the terms Number 84.133A, Disability Rehabilitation requirements of Executive Order 12866
of the order, we have assessed the Research Project.) and its overall requirement of reducing
potential costs and benefits of this Program Authority: 29 U.S.C. 762(g) and regulatory burden that might result from
regulatory action. 764(a). these proposed priorities. Please let us
The potential costs associated with know of any further opportunities we
the notice of proposed priority are those Dated: May 6, 2003.
should take to reduce potential costs or
resulting from statutory requirements Robert H. Pasternack, increase potential benefits while
and those we have determined as Assistant Secretary for Special Education and preserving the effective and efficient
necessary for administering this Rehabilitative Services. administration of the program.
program effectively and efficiently. [FR Doc. 03–11628 Filed 5–8–03; 8:45 am] During and after the comment period,
In assessing the potential costs and BILLING CODE 4000–01–P you may inspect all public comments
benefits—both quantitative and about these priorities in Room 3412,
qualitative—of this notice of proposed Switzer Building, 330 C Street, SW.,
priority, we have determined that the DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Washington, DC, between the hours of
benefits of the proposed priority justify 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., eastern time,
the costs. National Institute on Disability and
Monday through Friday of each week
Summary of potential costs and Rehabilitation Research
except Federal holidays.
benefits: The potential cost associated AGENCY: Office of Special Education and
with this proposed priority is minimal Assistance to Individuals With
Rehabilitative Services, Department of Disabilities in Reviewing the
while the benefits are significant. Education.
Grantees may anticipate costs associated Rulemaking Record
ACTION: Notice of proposed priorities.
with completing the application process On request, we will supply an
in terms of staff time, copying, and SUMMARY: The Assistant Secretary for appropriate aid, such as a reader or
mailing or delivery. The use of e- Special Education and Rehabilitative print magnifier, to an individual with a
Application technology reduces mailing Services proposes funding priorities disability who needs assistance to
and copying costs significantly. under the Rehabilitation Research and review the comments or other

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