[Federal Register: December 24, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 247)]
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From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]

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Part IX

Department of Education

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research; Public 
Meeting and Request for Comments; Notice

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National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research; 

AGENCY: Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice of Public Meeting and Request for Comments.


SUMMARY: The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation 
Research (NIDRR) is interested in gathering information from consumers, 
families, service providers, advocacy organizations, community groups, 
State agencies, and other stakeholders on existing and future needs for 
assistive technology services and devices, systemic barriers to meeting 
those needs, and successful approaches that have been used to remove 
barriers to the acquisition of assistive technology services and 
devices for individuals with disabilities.
    NIDRR invites interested parties to submit written comments or 
present oral comments at a public meeting on current assistive 
technology needs and issues, as well as future directions for meeting 
those needs. The purpose of the meeting is to help formulate future 
policy related to assistive technology for persons with disabilities.

DATE AND TIME: The public meeting is scheduled to be held on Thursday, 
January 15, 1998 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held at the Crystal Gateway 
Marriott at 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia.

COMMENTS: Persons desiring to provide oral comments at the public 
meeting should telephone Ms. Nell Bailey on (703) 524-6686, ext. 305. 
Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may 
call 703-524-6639. Requests to provide oral comments may also be sent 
through the Internet: nbailey@resna.org.
    NIDRR invites written comments from those who will be unable to 
provide oral comments at the public meetings. Written comments should 
be received by April 30, 1998. Written comments should be addressed to 
Ms. Nell Bailey, RESNA Technical Assistance Project, 1700 N. Moore St., 
Suite 1540, Arlington, VA 22209. Written comments may also be sent 
through the Internet: nbailey@resna.org.
    The meeting site is accessible to individuals with disabilities. An 
individual with a disability who will need an auxiliary aid or service 
to participate in the meeting (e.g. interpreting service, assistive 
listening device, or materials in an alternate format) should notify 
the contact person listed in this notice at least two weeks before the 
scheduled meeting date. Although the Department will attempt to meet a 
request received after that date, the requested auxiliary aid or 
service may not be available because of insufficient time to arrange 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nell Bailey. Telephone: (703) 524-
6686, ext. 305. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the 
deaf (TDD) may call (703) 524-6639.
    Individuals with disabilities who plan to attend the meeting and 
require reasonable accommodations should submit the request two week in 
advance of the meeting to Nell Bailey. Individuals with disabilities 
may obtain this document in an alternate format (e.g., Braille, large 
print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on request to Nell Bailey.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: There will be additional public meetings in 
other regions of the country during the months of February, March and 
April, 1998. The dates and locations of these meetings will be 
announced in a separate Federal Register notice.

Electronic Access to This Document

    Anyone may view this document, as well as all other Department of 
Education documents published in the Federal Register, in text of 
portable document format (pdf) on the World Wide Web at either of the 
following sites:


To use the pdf you must have the Adobe Acrobat Reader Program with 
Search, which is available free at either of the previous sites. If you 
have questions about using the pdf, call the U.S. Government Printing 
Office toll free at 1-888-293-6498.
    Anyone may also view these documents in text copy only on an 
electronic bulletin board of the Department. Telephone: (202) 219-1511 
or, toll free, 1-800-222-4922. The documents are located under Option 
G--Files/Announcements, Bulletins, and Press Releases.

    Note: The official version of a document is the document 
published in the Federal Register.

    Dated: December 18, 1997.
Judith E. Heumann,
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
[FR Doc. 97-33599 Filed 12-23-97; 8:45 am]