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The ICDR Seeks Comments at Public Meeting
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The Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR), authorized by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, is holding a meeting to seek comments from the public with respect to the federal disability and rehabilitation research agenda. This dialogue with the public is of critical importance, and we are encouraging individuals with disabilities, persons who represent service providers, service provider organizations, disability and rehabilitation research and policy groups, and representatives of advocacy organizations with specialized knowledge and experience to suggest specific ways to improve future research for individuals with disabilities. The ICDR is also interested in hearing from individuals concerning how well the existing federal research programs are responding to the changing needs of individuals with disabilities. Within the context of this approach, the ICDR is also asking for input on the continuum of care for wounded, injured or ill military service members.

The meeting will take place:

Aug. 14, 2007
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Holiday Inn on The Hill
415 New Jersey Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001


The meeting will be open and accessible to the general public. Public comments will be analyzed, along with other sources of information, to make recommendations for future research directions and to coordinate the federal research effort in disability; however, the ICDR cannot respond individually to comments.

All individuals planning to attend the public meeting, including those presenting comments, must make reservations by July 31, 2007, by contacting Constance Pledger, executive director of the ICDR, using the contact information below. Individuals who wish to present comments must request time on the agenda, which will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants will be allowed approximately five minutes to present their comments.

Prior to the meeting, participants must submit written copies of their comments, along with any other written or electronic versions of supporting information, such as agency or organization policy statements, recommendations, research findings and research literature. Walk-ins must bring two written copies of their comments. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339. Individuals who need accommodations for a disability in order to attend or participate at the meeting (i.e. interpreting services, assistive listening devices, material in alternative format) should notify Connie Pledger by July 31, 2007.

Constance Pledger, executive director, ICDR
U.S. Department of Education
550 12th St. S.W., Room 6039
Potomac Center Plaza
Washington, DC 20202-2700

Telephone: 202-245-7480
Fax: 202-245-7630
E-mail: connie.pledger@ed.gov

A copy of the Federal Register notice can be viewed at http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2007-2/062807f.html

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