[Federal Register: May 17, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 96)]
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Part VII

Department of Education


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

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National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research; 
Request for Written Comments

AGENCY: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, 
Department of Education.

ACTION: Request for written comments.


SUMMARY: The Assistant Secretary invites written comments suggesting 
priorities for research centers and projects administered by the 
National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) 
under title II of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (the Act). 
We encourage individuals to suggest research priorities that are 
consistent with NIDRR's Long-Range Plan (the Plan) and that support the 
New Freedom Initiative (NFI).

DATES: We would like to receive your written comments suggesting 
priorities on or before July 16, 2002.

ADDRESSES: Address all comments to Joel Myklebust, U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 3422, Switzer Building, 
Washington, DC 20202-2645. Fax: (202) 205-8515. If you prefer to send 
your comments through the Internet, use the following address: 
    During and after the comment period, you may inspect all public 
comments about these priorities in room 3422, Switzer Building, 330 C 
Street, SW., Washington, DC, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 
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. If you want to schedule an 
appointment for this type of aid, please contact the person listed 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joel Myklebust. Telephone: (202) 
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may 
call the TDD number at (202) 205-4475 or via the Internet: 
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an 
alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer 
diskette) on request to the contact person listed under FOR FURTHER 


The Plan

    NIDRR is interested in suggestions for research priorities that are 
consistent with the research areas, needs, and target populations 
addressed in the Plan.
    The Plan aims to maximize independence and participation in society 
by individuals with disabilities. The Plan addresses priorities in five 
major research areas: (1) Employment outcomes; (2) health and function; 
(3) technology for access and function; (4) independent living and 
community integration; and (5) associated disability research areas, 
including but not limited to, knowledge dissemination and utilization, 
and capacity building for rehabilitation research.
    The Plan addresses a range of diverse needs and target populations, 
including the following:
     The needs of individuals with disabilities for 
knowledge and information that will enable them to achieve their 
aspirations for self-direction, independence, inclusion, and functional 
     The needs of rehabilitation service providers for 
information on new techniques and technologies that will enable them to 
assist in the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities.
     The needs of researchers to advance the capabilities 
of science as well as the body of scientific knowledge.
     The needs of society, and its leadership, for 
strategies that will enable it to facilitate the potential 
contributions of all citizens.
     The need to transfer findings from basic to applied 


    NIDRR is interested in suggestions for research priorities that 
will contribute to one or more of the following objectives that support 
the NFI.
    The NFI addresses increasing access to assistive technologies, 
expanding educational opportunities, increasing the ability of 
individuals with disabilities to integrate into the workforce, and 
promoting increased access into daily community life.
    Objectives that support the NFI are the following:
     Increasing access to assistive and universally 
designed technologies.
     Expanding educational opportunities for individuals 
with disabilities.
     Integrating individuals with disabilities into the 
     Expanding telecommuting.
     Promoting innovative transportation solutions.
     Promoting full access to community life.
     Promoting homeownership for individuals with 
     Promoting the successful implementation of the 
Olmstead Decision.
     Improving America's mental health service delivery 
     Increasing the availability and delivery of new 
treatments and technologies for individuals with severe mental illness.
     Improving the accessibility of organizations that are 
currently exempt from Title III of the ADA, such as churches, mosques, 
synagogues, and civic organizations.
     Improving access to polling places and ballot secrecy 
for individuals with disabilities.

Availability of Copies of The Plan and NFI

    The Plan can be accessed on the Internet at the following site: 
    The NFI can be accessed on the Internet at the following site: 
    Individuals who are unable to access the Internet may obtain copies 
of the Plan and the NFI by contacting the person listed under FOR 
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Individuals with disabilities may obtain a 
copy of the Plan or the NFI in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, 
large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on request to the person 

Recommended Format for Comments

    We recommend that your written comments be no longer than two 
single-spaced pages. We recommend that your comments include the 
following information:
    (1) A brief background statement that identifies the target 
population, describes the problem or issue that would be addressed, and 
summarizes the current state of the research.
    (2) A description of the research project or projects that would 
address the identified problem or issue.
    (3) An estimate of the amount of the annual award and the number of 
years (5 years or less) that a grantee would need to carry out the 
suggested research.
    Applicable Program Regulations: 34 CFR part 350.

Electronic Access to This Document

    You may review this document, as well as all other Department of 
Education documents published in the

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(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number 84.133A, Disability 
Rehabilitation Research Project)

    Program Authority: 29 U.S.C. 701, et seq.

    Dated: May 10, 2002.
Loretta L. Petty,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rabilitative 
[FR Doc. 02-12602 Filed 5-16-02; 8:45 am]