Demonstration and Training Programs

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Program Office:
Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)
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Program Type:
Discretionary/Competitive Grants, Contracts, Cooperative Agreements
Also Known As:
Special Projects and Demonstrations

Program Description

This program provides competitive grants to eligible entities to expand and improve the provision of rehabilitation and other services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act. Funding also is provided to further the purposes and policies of the act. More specifically, the program supports activities that increase the provision, extent, availability, scope, and quality of rehabilitation services under the act. Sec. 303 authorizes support of activities serving individuals with disabilities in an array of project types. These diverse projects may include effective practices that demonstrate methods of service delivery to individuals with disabilities, as well as such activities as technical assistance, systems change, model demonstration, special studies and evaluations, and dissemination and utilization of findings from successful, previously funded projects. Such expansions and improvement of rehabilitation and other services will lead to more employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities.

Types of Projects

Types of projects include model demonstration projects, technical assistance centers, systems-change projects, field initiated demonstrations, and literacy demonstrations. In addition, this program supports grants for Braille Training (# 84.235E) and Parent Information and Training programs (# 84.235F and # 84.235G, both also under topical heading Rehabilitation). FY 2010 funds also supported a new Model Demonstration Project to Improve Outcomes for Individuals on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) served by State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Agencies (# 84.235L).

Technical Assistance Centers and Demonstration Projects

Aligning with the Rehabilitation Services Administration’s (RSA’s) mission to provide leadership and resources to grantees and stakeholders, RSA created a series of training and technical assistance centers (TACs) and demonstration projects to assist state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies and their partners in providing VR and other services to individuals with disabilities. Each TAC focuses its efforts on a specific set of topics designed to provide universal, targeted, and intensive technical assistance (TA) for the purpose of improving services to individuals with disabilities to maximize their employment, independence and integration into the community and the competitive labor market.

Additional Information

Section 303(b) of the Rehabilitation Act (Act) authorizes the support of activities to demonstrate methods of service delivery to individuals with disabilities, as well as activities such as technical assistance, systems change, special studies and evaluation, and dissemination and utilization of findings from successful, previously-funded projects. The expansion and improvement of rehabilitation and other services will lead to more employment outcomes for more individuals for whom vocational rehabilitation services were previously unavailable, who did not take advantage of the availability of such services, who were unserved or underserved by the present vocational rehabilitation system, or for whom traditional vocational rehabilitation services have proved unsuccessful.

Sections 303(a), (c) and (d) of the Act authorize demonstration projects designed specifically to increase client choice in the rehabilitation process, provide information and training to parents of individuals with disabilities, and provide Braille training.

Entities eligible for grants under this section include state VR agencies, community rehabilitation programs, Indian tribes or tribal organizations, other public or nonprofit agencies or organizations, and for-profit organizations. Competitions may be limited to one or more type of entity.

Last Modified: 07/18/2016