Program Office: Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)
CFDA Number: 84.315C
Program Type: Discretionary/Competitive Grants, Contracts, Cooperative Agreements
The purpose of this program is to make awards to minority entities and American Indian tribes to carry out activities under programs authorized under titles II, III, VI, and VII of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and to conduct research, training, and technical assistance, and related activities to improve services under the Rehabilitation Act, especially services provided to individuals with minority backgrounds. This program also makes awards to states, public or private nonprofit agencies, and organizations including institutions of higher education and American Indian tribes to promote the participation of minority entities and Indian tribes to enhance their capacity to carry out activities under the Rehabilitation Act. A "minority entity" is defined by Sec. 21 as a Historically Black tribal college or university, a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) of higher education, an American Indian Tribal College or University, or another institution of higher education whose minority student enrollment is at least 50 percent.
Types of Projects
Projects are designed to support training, technical assistance, and related activities provided by minority institutions of higher education and Indian tribes, to improve services under the Rehabilitation Act, especially services provided to individuals with disabilities with minority backgrounds, and to promote the participation of minority entities and Indian tribes in activities under the Rehabilitation Act.
Specifically, the Vocational Rehabilitation Training Institute for the Preparation of Personnel in American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services (AIVRS) Projects (herein referred to as the “Institute”) is funded through the Capacity Building Program for Traditionally Underserved Populations under section 21(b)(2)(C) of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended (29 U.S.C. 718(b)(2)(c)).
The Institute provides a structured program of training in vocational rehabilitation (VR) to current personnel of the AIVRS projects to improve the delivery of VR services to American Indians with disabilities. It reflects a collaboration of knowledge, experience, skills, faculty, curricula resources, and technology between a four-year institution of higher education and a two-year community college or tribal college in order to deliver a high-quality structured program of training on foundational VR knowledge and skills in a culturally appropriate manner.