FR Doc E7-3887
[Federal Register: March 6, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 43)]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Redesign of the Rehabilitation Services Administration
Rehabilitation Training Program
AGENCY: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services,
Department of Education.
ACTION: Notice of request for comments and recommendations on the
Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) Rehabilitation Training
SUMMARY: The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and
Rehabilitative Services solicits comments and recommendations
concerning the RSA Rehabilitation Training program.
DATES: We must receive your comments at one of the addresses provided
in the ADDRESSES section no later than 5 p.m., Washington, DC time, on
April 5, 2007.
ADDRESSES: Address all comments and recommendations to: Timothy Muzzio
at the Rehabilitation Services Administration, through the Internet at
the following address: Timothy.Muzzio@ed.gov.
You must include the term ``Comments on the RSA Rehabilitation
Training Program'' in the subject line of your electronic message.
If you prefer, you may address your comments to Dr. Muzzio, U.S.
Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Potomac Center
Plaza, room 5157, Washington, DC 20202-2800. Please submit your
comments only one time, in order to ensure that we do not receive
All first-class and Priority mail sent to the Department is put
through an irradiation process, which can result in lengthy delays in
mail delivery. Please keep this in mind when sending your comments and
please consider using commercial delivery services or e-mail in order
to ensure timely delivery of your comments and recommendations.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Timothy C. Muzzio, U.S. Department of
Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW., Potomac Center Plaza, room 5052,
Washington, DC 20202. Telephone (202) 245-7458. Fax: (202) 245-6824.
If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may
call (202) 205-5538.
Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an
alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer
diskette) by contacting the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
Invitation To Comment
We invite you to submit comments and recommendations regarding the
RSA Rehabilitation Training program. We encourage you to make your
comments and recommendations as specific as possible. Also, if
appropriate to your comment or recommendation, please identify the
specific provision in the statute authorizing the RSA Rehabilitation
Training program or the particular category of training that is the
subject of your comment or recommendation; identify the issue, if any,
outlined elsewhere in this notice, to which your comment or
recommendation pertains; clearly describe your comment or
recommendation; provide a rationale supporting each recommendation; and
specify how the proposed change will improve the overall program.
Please include the following with your comments and
recommendations: A description of your involvement in vocational
rehabilitation (VR) or the RSA Rehabilitation Training program, as well
as your role, if any (e.g., consumer, counselor, service provider,
administrator, educator, or researcher).
During and after the comment period, you may inspect all public
comments about this notice in room 5053, Potomac Center Plaza, 550 12th
Street, SW., Washington, DC, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.,
Eastern Time, Monday through Friday of each week except Federal
Assistance to Individuals With Disabilities in Reviewing the Comments
On request, we will supply an appropriate aid, such as a reader or
print magnifier, to an individual with a disability who needs
assistance to review the comments and recommendations. If you want to
schedule an appointment for this type of aid, please contact the person
listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The RSA Rehabilitation Training program is
authorized by title III of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended
(Act) (29 U.S.C. 701 et seq.). The RSA Rehabilitation Training program
is designed to assist in increasing the numbers of, and upgrading the
skills of, qualified personnel who are trained in providing vocational,
medical, social, and psychological rehabilitation services.
The Secretary is authorized to award grants and contracts to pay
part of the costs of projects for the following types of projects:
(1) Grants that provide training, traineeships, and related
activities, including the provision of technical assistance, to assist
in increasing the numbers of qualified personnel trained in providing
rehabilitation services and other services provided under the Act to
individuals with disabilities.
(2) Grants to train qualified interpreters to meet the
communication needs of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and
individuals who are deaf-blind.
(3) Grants to provide technical assistance to State-designated
agencies and community rehabilitation programs.
(4) Grants to provide in-service training for rehabilitation
personnel, consistent with the needs identified through the
comprehensive system for personnel development required by section
101(a)(7) of the Act.
The Department may provide financial assistance through six
(1) Rehabilitation Long-Term Training.
(2) Rehabilitation Continuing Education Programs.
(3) State Vocational Rehabilitation Unit In-Service Training.
(4) Training of Interpreters for Individuals Who Are Deaf and
Individuals Who Are Deaf-Blind.
(5) Rehabilitation Short-Term Training.
(6) Experimental and Innovative Training.
In fiscal year 2006, the RSA training program was funded at
$38,437,740. The program allocated its funds as follows:
Rehabilitation Long-Term Training (CFDA \*\ 84.129)....... $19,653,820
Rehabilitation Continuing Education Programs (CFDA 84.264) 10,061,982
State Vocational Rehabilitation Unit In-Service Training 5,765,661
Training of Interpreters for Individuals Who Are Deaf and 2,097,361
Individuals Who Are Deaf-Blind (CFDA 84.160).............
Rehabilitation Short-Term Training(including the 749,992
Clearinghouse) (CFDA 84.246 and 84.275)..................
Experimental and Innovative Training (CFDA 84.263)........ 0
Other (required set-asides, peer review, etc)............. 108,924
\*\ CFDA: Code of Federal Domestic Assistance number.
(See the following web page for more information:
RSA is considering whether to redesign the RSA Rehabilitation
Training program in order to--
(1) Increase the number of qualified individuals who are available
to work in the State vocational rehabilitation agencies and associated
(2) Maximize the efficiency and responsiveness of programs that
provide education to meet the training and education needs in the
We are interested in obtaining public input to help identify any
current program needs and possible future strategies for program
improvement. We are particularly interested in comments from
individuals with disabilities; their parents, families, guardians,
advocates, and authorized representatives; and those entities and
individuals serving individuals with disabilities under the Act,
including State vocational rehabilitation agencies, centers for
independent living, and educators who prepare individuals who work in
the vocational rehabilitation field.
We are specifically interested in comments that address the
1. The need for more vocational rehabilitation counselors and how
the training authority can be used to help State agencies meet the
demand for rehabilitation professionals. Specifically, we seek input on
a. How to more effectively recruit individuals into the
rehabilitation professions and counselor training programs and State VR
b. How to increase the capacity of training programs to produce
c. How to improve the scholarship program to help meet national
demand for rehabilitation professionals by State VR agencies.
d. How to improve the geographic availability of scholarships to
e. Other related issues.
2. Rehabilitation Continuing Education Programs (RCEPs) and in-
service training grants to State VR agencies. These two grant programs
address overlapping issues. In addition, the program funds two types of
RCEPs, one type serving primarily State VR agencies and the other
serving primarily community rehabilitation programs. We seek input on
a. The role and effectiveness of the RCEP program in meeting the
needs of State VR agencies and community rehabilitation programs for
b. How to improve coordination among in-service training programs.
c. The effectiveness of the in-service training program in meeting
the training needs identified in the Comprehensive System of Personnel
d. Other related issues.
3. The need for and recommended approaches for providing technical
assistance and training to State agencies to improve program outcomes.
4. Other issues regarding the RSA Rehabilitation Training program.
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Program Authority: 29 U.S.C. 701 et seq.
Dated: March 1, 2007.
John H. Hager,
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
[FR Doc. E7-3887 Filed 3-5-07; 8:45 am]
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