Rehabilitation Training_General Training

To ensure that skilled personnel are available to provide rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities through: (1) Vocational, medical, social, and psychological rehabilitation programs; (2) supported employment programs; and (3) independent living client assistance programs.

To support
projects that: (1) Maintain and upgrade basic skills and knowledge of personnel employed; and (2) increase the numbers of qualified personnel trained in providing rehabilitation services.


Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.



Program Accomplishments

Clearinghouse of rehabilitation training materials.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Training grants are limited to support of education programs for personnel such as rehabilitation counselors, administrators, independent living specialists, audiologists, rehabilitation teachers for individuals who are blind, rehabilitation technology specialists who provide vocational, independent living, and client assistance services to individuals with disabilities.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State vocational rehabilitation agencies, and other public or nonprofit agencies and organizations, including institutions of higher education may apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Individuals employed in positions related to the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities will benefit.

Credentials/Documentation

Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments and with OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

None.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

Applications must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the notice published in the Federal Register. Contact the program office for more information. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedures

Applications are reviewed by panels of field readers. Each panel will generally include two or more nonfederal members with experience and training in the proposed area of training.

Deadlines

Deadlines will be published in the Federal Register; contact the program office for application deadlines and information.

Authorization

Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, Title III, Section 302, 29 U.S.C. 774.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

The range of approval/disapproval time is approximately 120 to 160 days following the application deadline.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

Renewals are available only through the new application process. Projects with an approved multi-year project period may be continued based on the availability of adequate funds and an annual review of accomplishments to determine satisfactory performance.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

None.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Projects generally may be supported for 1 to 5 years; with 12-month budget period. Renewals are subject to the availability of funds.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Annual financial and progress reports must be submitted as required by grant award terms and conditions.

Audits

Institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations are subject to the audit requirements of OMB Circular No. A-133. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records

As required by Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR).

Financial Information

Account Identification

91-0301-0-1-506.

Obigations

(Grants and Contracts) FY 07 $300,000; FY 08 est $300,000; and FY 09 est $300,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

None because only one award is supported.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Regulations can be found in 34 CFR 385.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Rehabilitation Services Administration, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20202. Contact: Ruth Brannon. Telephone: (202) 245-7278.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria are included in application notices. Contact the Program Office for this information.



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