National Initiatives Team
The National Initiatives Team administers discretionary grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts for projects that directly support federally established priorities and initiatives designed to initiate, expand, and improve current practice or advance the state-of-the-art related to the provision of services for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.
The team is responsible for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) data collection activities designed to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of state and local efforts to provide early intervention services and a free appropriate public education to all infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities. The team is also responsible for annually reporting to the U.S. Congress on the implementation of IDEA. The team also supports activities to improve the quality and increase the supply of special education leadership personnel.
The team is also responsible for activities designed to ensure that children and youth with disabilities fully participate in state and district-wide educational assessments and accountability systems, have access to accessible educational materials and receive appropriate intensive educational interventions when needed.
The team is also responsible for the advancement of captioning and video description technology and the administration of programs to serve children and youth who are deaf-blind.