[Federal Register: June 2, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 107)]
[Page 35334-35335]
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[CFDA No.: 84.235K]

Special Demonstration Programs; Notice Inviting Applications for
New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2000

    Purpose of Program: To provide financial assistance to support
projects or programs that expand and improve the provision of
rehabilitation and other services for individuals with disabilities,
including technical assistance that meets the needs of underserved
    Eligible Applicants: State vocational rehabilitation agencies;
community rehabilitation programs; Indian tribes or tribal
organizations; and public or nonprofit agencies or organizations,
including institutions of higher education.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: August 1, 2000.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: September 30, 2000.
    Applications Available: June 2, 2000.
    Available Funds: $500,000.
    Estimated Range of Award: $400,000 to $500,000.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 1.

    Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this

    Project Period: Up to 60 months. The Assistant Secretary believes
that a period of at least 36 months is necessary to accomplish the
project objectives. The Assistant Secretary will assess, during the
third year of the project period, whether there is a continuing need
for the project and whether to provide funding beyond 36 months.
    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80,
81, 82, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99.



    According to section 21 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as
amended (Act), Native Americans have a rate of work-related disability
that is about one and one-half times that of the general population.
Patterns of inequitable treatment of minorities, including Native
Americans, have been documented at all stages of the vocational
rehabilitation process.


    Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3) and section 303(b)(4)(C) and (5)(B)(vi)
of the Act, the Assistant Secretary gives an absolute preference to
applications that meet the following priority. The Assistant Secretary
funds only an application that meets this absolute priority.
    A project must create a National Technical Assistance Center that
would provide technical assistance to tribes and tribal agencies, State
vocational rehabilitation agencies, and other service agencies to
increase employment opportunities and vocational outcomes for Native
Americans with disabilities.

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Allowable Activities

    Activities that may be supported under this competition include,
but are not limited to--
    * Assisting tribes and other agencies to conduct market
analyses and providing information on self-employment and business
ownership for Native Americans with disabilities;
    * Providing culturally relevant training to tribes on the
provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act;
    * Identifying solutions related to the lack of
infrastructure when developing employment opportunities for Native
Americans with disabilities;
    * Assisting tribes and other agencies to better understand
other issues affecting Native Americans with disabilities, including,
but not limited to--housing, transportation, current legislative
initiatives such as the Workforce Investment Act and the Workforce
Investment Improvement Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education
Act, Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers, and relevant
higher education initiatives, coordination of services available
through the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service,
long-term care, independent living, and assistive technology.
    Selection Criteria: In evaluating an application for a new grant
under this competition, the Secretary uses selection criteria chosen
from the general selection criteria in 34 CFR 75.210 of EDGAR. The
selection criteria to be used for this competition will be provided in
the application package for this competition.
    For Applications Contact: Education Publications Center (ED Pubs),
P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Telephone (toll free): 1-877-433-
7827. FAX: (301) 470-1244. If you use a telecommunications device for
the deaf (TDD), you may call (toll free): 1-877-576-7734. You may also
contact ED Pubs via its Web site (http://www.ed.gov/pubs/edpubs.html)
or its E-mail address (ed pubs@inet.ed.gov). If you request an
application from ED Pubs, be sure to identify this competition as
follows: CFDA number 84.235K.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain a copy of the application
package in an alternate format by contacting the Grants and Contracts
Services Team, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW.,
room 3317, Switzer Building, Washington, DC 20202-2550. Telephone:
(202) 205-8351. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf
(TDD), you may call the Federal Information Relay Services (FIRS) at 1-
800-877-8339. However, the Department is not able to reproduce in an
alternate format the standard forms included in the application
    For Further Information Contact: Thomas E. Finch, U.S. Department
of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 3314, Switzer Building,
Washington, DC. 20202-2650. Telephone: (202) 205-8292. If you use a
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may call the Federal
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an
alternate format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer
diskette) on request to the contact persons listed in the preceding

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    Program Authority: 29 U.S.C. 773(b).

    Dated: May 26, 2000.
Judith E. Heumann,
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
[FR Doc. 00-13682 Filed 6-1-00; 8:45 am]