[Federal Register: February 27, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 39)]
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Part IV





Department of Education





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National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research; Notice


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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

 
National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research

ACTION: Notice of Public Meetings and Request for Comments.

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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 four public meetings on current assistive 
technology needs and issues, as well as future directions for meeting 
those needs. The purpose of these meetings is to help formulate future 
policy related to assistive technology for persons with disabilities.

Date, Time, and Location of Meetings

    The meeting sites are 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 
it.
    The first public meeting is scheduled to be held in:
    Washington: Wednesday, March 4, 1998 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 
Microsoft Campus, Building 43, Room 1560 at the intersection of 156th 
NE Avenue and NE 31st Street, Redmond, Washington.
    For Further Information and Oral Comments Contact: Persons desiring 
further information and those who plan to provide oral comments at the 
March 4, 1998 public meeting should telephone Jovine Umali on (206) 
685-4181. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf 
(TDD) may call (206) 685-4181. Requests to provide oral comments may 
also be sent through the Internet: uwat@u.washington.edu.
    The second public meeting is scheduled to be held in:
    Missouri: Wednesday, March 18, 1998 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 
Courtyard by Marriott, 7901 Northwest Tiffany Springs Parkway, Kansas 
City, Missouri.
    For Further Information and Oral Comments Contact: Persons desiring 
further information and those who plan to provide oral comments at the 
March 18, 1998 public meeting should telephone Diane Golden on (800) 
647-8557. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf 
(TDD) may call (800) 647-8558. Requests to provide oral comments may 
also be sent through the Internet: matpmo@qni.com.
    The third public meeting is scheduled to be held in:
    Boston: Wednesday, March 25, 1998 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 
Massachusetts Archives Building at Columbia Point, 220 Morrissey 
Boulevard, Boston, Massachusetts.
    For Further Information and Oral Comments Contact: Persons desiring 
further information and those who plan to provide oral comments at the 
March 25, 1998 public meeting should telephone Marion Pawlek on (603) 
224-0630. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf 
(TDD) may call (603) 224-0630. Requests to provide oral comments may 
also be sent through the Internet: mjpawlek@christa.unh.edu.
    The fourth public meeting is scheduled to be held in:
    Florida: Thursday April 2, 1998 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 
Florida State University, Center for Professional Development, 555 West 
Pensacola Street, Tallahassee, Florida.
    For Further Information and Oral Comments Contact: Persons desiring 
further information and those who plan to provide oral comments at the 
public meeting should telephone Terry Ward on (850) 487-3278. 
Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may 
call (850) 487-2805. Requests to provide oral comments may also be sent 
through the Internet: faast@faast.org.

Written Comments

    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.
    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.

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:

http://ocfo.ed.gov/fedreg.htm
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To use the pdf you must have the Adobe Acrobat Reader Program with 
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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: February 23, 1998.
Judith E. Heumann,
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
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