Purpose: To improve early intervention, special education, related services and integration for children with severe disabilities by supporting research, development, demonstration, training, dissemination and Statewide systems change activities that address their needs.
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Awards made in FY 1993 included grants and cooperative agreements to support activities and services in the following general categories: State-wide Systems Change (two new cooperative agreements and 12 continuation cooperative agreements); Outreach: Serving Children with Severe Disabilities in Integrated Environments (three new grants and seven continuation grants including two forward-funded in prior year); Model Inservice Training Projects (four new grants and three continuation grants); Developing Innovations for Educating Children with Severe Disabilities Full-time in General Education Settings (three new grants, including two forward-funded for next year, and five continuation grants); and Social Relationships Research Institute for Children and Youth with Severe Disabilities (one continuation cooperative agreement).
These projects provide a variety of services including inservice training to teachers, related service personnel and administrators, local education agencies, and State education agencies; and testing of solutions to specific problems in the delivery of special education and related services to students with severe disabilities.
Almost half ($4,413,000) of FY 1993 funding supported projects which promote State-wide systems change. These projects, in conjunction with IDEA, Part B State's plan, include activities to improve the quality of special education and related services in the State for children and youth with severe disabilities (including children with deaf-blindness), and to change the delivery of these services from segregated to integrated environments. The projects must identify resources available in the State and must establish services needed to improve services in regular education settings.
State-wide Systems Change grantees are required to evaluate the effectiveness of their activities, including their effectiveness in increasing the number of children in regular school settings alongside their same-aged non-disabled peers. They must also evaluate and disseminate information about the project's outcomes.