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Biennial Evaluation Report - FY 93-94

Chapter 308

Postsecondary Education Program for Individuals with Disabilities

(CFDA No. 84.078)

I. Program Profile

Legislation: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part C, Section 625 (20 U.S.C. 1424a) (expires September 30, 1995).

Purpose: This program supports the development, operation, and dissemination of specially designed model programs of postsecondary, vocational, technical, continuing or adult education for individuals with disabilities. Two types of projects are funded: (1) grants to four regional projects for model comprehensive support services and Statewide, regional, and national outreach activities that serve persons who are hearing impaired (deaf and hard of hearing); and (2) demonstrations and special projects that develop innovative models of educational programs for the delivery of support services and programs for postsecondary and adult students with disabilities.

Funding History

Fiscal Year Appropriation Fiscal Year Appropriation
1980 $2,400,000 1988 5,840,000
1981 2,950,000 1989 5,770,000
1982 2,832,000 1990 6,510,000
1983 2,832,000 1991 8,559,000
1984 4,000,000 1992 9,000,000
1985 5,300,000 1993 8,839,000
1986 5,264,000 1994 8,839,000
1987 $5,900,000

II. Program Information and Analysis

Population Targeting

Awards are authorized to State education agencies, institutions of higher education, junior and community colleges, vocational and technical institutions, and other non-profit education agencies, for the purpose of developing, operating, and disseminating programs for individuals with disabilities.

Services

In FY 1993, grants awarded included four for the regional programs for the deaf, and 45 for postsecondary demonstration projects (15 new grants, 23 continuation grants, and 7 forward-funded from prior year). In addition, one contract continued for "Evaluation and Dissemination of Effective Practices," two Minority Outreach Centers were jointly funded with other IDEA programs, and several peer review contracts were awarded.

Program Administration

In FY 1993, priority continued to be given to projects that enhanced the role and capacity of career placement offices to provide pre-employment and employment opportunities for students with all disabilities. These projects promote successful vocational outcomes through inservice staff training, school and community collaboration, expanded work-study opportunities, and technical assistance.

Four Regional Programs for the Deaf provide model specially designed or modified programs of support services which enable deaf students who are from a multi-State region to participate in regular postsecondary offerings alongside their non-disabled peers.

Postsecondary Demonstration Projects support model demonstrations that enhance the role and capacity of career placement offices to provide pre-employment and employment opportunities for students with disabilities in community and four-year colleges, universities, technical and vocational institutes, and adult and continuing education programs.

III. Sources of Information

  1. Program files.

IV. Planned Studies

None.

V. Contacts for Further Information

Program Operations:
Sara Conlon, (202) 205-8157

Program Studies:
Lenore Garcia, (202) 401-3630

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