Rehabilitation Services Demonstration and Training Programs

To provide financial assistance to projects and demonstrations for expanding and improving the provision of rehabilitation and other services authorized under the Act or that further the purposes of the Act, including related research and evaluationactivities.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Funded projects have included: projects to increase client choice; projects providing services to people with severe mental illness; projects servicing low-functioning adults that are deaf or hard of hearing disorders; projects to provide services to individuals with disabilities, and projects to provide services to youths with disabilities.

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

Approximately 25 projects were funded in FY 07.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Authorized activities under this program include carrying out special demonstrations for expanding and improving the provision of rehabilitation and other services authorized under this Act and that further the purposes of the Act.

Projects may include demonstrations to increase client choice; technical assistance; systems change; special studies and evaluations; demonstrations of service delivery; model demonstrations; transition services; supportive employment; services to underserved populations and/or unserved or underserved areas; services to low-incidence disabilities; transportation; and other projects designated by the Secretary.

Other authorized programs include Parent Information and Training and Braille training projects.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants are States and public or nonprofit organizations.

Grants cannot be made directly to individuals.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Individuals with disabilities.


Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local Governments. Costs will also be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions, and A-122 for nonprofit organizations.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No.


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.

Application Procedures

Applications should be submitted to the Department of Education, Application Control Center. Attention: (CFDA 84-235), 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20202. The standard application kit as furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB Circular No. A-102 must be used for this program. ED No. 80-0013 must also be submitted.

Award Procedures

Awards are made on approval of the Commissioner, RSA and the Assistant Secretary, OSERS, for new projects and the Commissioner, RSA, for continuation projects.


Contact the headquarters office, RSA, for application deadlines. Deadlines are published in the Federal Register.


Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, Title III, Section 303(b)-(d). 20 U.S.C. 777a and 797a.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

The range is approximately 150 to 180 days.




Projects with multi-year periods may be continued based on annual review of accomplishments and availability of adequate funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants are awarded for up to 60 months. Renewals are subject to the availability of funds.

Post Assistance Requirements


As required by the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (34 CFR 75).

Annual performance reports are required.


See 34 CFR 74.26. Institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations are subject to the audit requirements of OMB Circular No. A-133. State and local government are subject to the requirements in the Single Audit Act and the ED regulations.


As required by EDGAR for direct grant programs (34 CFR 75). Generally records related to grant funds, compliance, and performance must be maintained for a period of 5 years after completion.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants and Contracts) FY 07 $8,756,000; FY 08 est $10,151,000; and FY 09 $8,826,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable because the range and average varies greatly by competition.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Regulations: (A) The Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 85, and 86; and (B) the regulations for this program in 34 CFR 373 apply.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Department of Education, OSERS Rehabilitation Services Administration 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20202-2500. Contact: Ruth Brannon, E-mail: Telephone: (202) 245-7278.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Funding priorities are published in the Federal Register. Applications for discretionary grants are subject to peer review procedures leading to recommendations for approval or disapproval by Federal and nonfederal experts. Criteria for evaluating applications are published in program and department regulations (34 CFR 369).

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