Special Education_Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Childre

To promote academic achievement and improve results for children with disabilities by supporting technical assistance, supporting model demonstration projects, dissemination useful information, and implementating activities that are supported by scientifically based research.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities, the National Clearinghouse on Deaf-Blindness, the Federal Resource Center for Special Education, Regional Resource Centers, the Center for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, and Center on Achieving Results in Education for Children with Disabilities have been supported by this program.

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.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
University Of Texas At Austin $ 4,000,000   2021-11-012022-10-31
American Institutes For Research In The Behavioral Sciences $ 1,800,000   2021-10-012022-09-30
University Of North Carolina At Charlotte, The $ 1,085,547   2019-01-012021-12-31
University Of Missouri System $ 1,567,541   2018-01-012021-12-31
R G Research Group, Inc. $ 1,591,738   2018-01-012021-12-31
University Of Texas At Austin $ 20,707,405   2017-01-012021-12-31
Board Of Regents Of The University Of Nebraska $ 399,997   2020-10-012021-10-31
Leland Stanford Junior University, The $ 1,026,149   2020-03-242021-10-31
University Of Houston System $ 794,570   2020-01-012021-10-31
University Of California, Los Angeles $ 751,965   2020-01-012021-10-31

Program Accomplishments

Approximately 91 new and continuation awards are expected to be made for 2008.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds must be used to support the objectives of the program.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), public charter schools that are LEAs under State law, institutions of higher education (IHEs), other public agencies, private nonprofit organizations, outlying areas, freely associated States, Indian tribes or tribal organizations, and for-profit organizations.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Infants, toddlers and other individuals with disabilities, and their families benefit from this program.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is covered under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as a single point of contact in his or her State to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

The standard application forms as furnished and required by OMB Circular No. A-102 must be used for this program. The program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedures

Applications are reviewed by a panel of experts.


Deadlines are published in application notices in the Federal Register, and may be accessed through the Department of Education Website at http://www.ed.gov.


Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part D, Subpart 2, Section 663, as amended, 20 U.S.C. 1463.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Range is from 90 to 120 days.




Awards may be renewed annually for up to five years throughout the project period of the award, depending upon the availability of appropriations.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

The Department may require a recipient of a grant, contract, or cooperative agreement to share in the cost of a project. (See 20 U.S.C. 1482 (a)(2)(A).)

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Typically from one to five years; subject to the availability of appropriations.

Post Assistance Requirements


Progress reports shall be made on an annual basis.

Final reports shall be made at the end of the project period.


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 OMB Circular No. A-133.


The awardee shall maintain accounts, records, and other evidence pertaining to all costs incurred, revenues or other applicable credits acquired under its award as stated in grant or contract terms and conditions.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $48,903,000; FY 08 est $48,049,664; and FY 09 est $48,049,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable because the range and average vary by competition.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Department of Education, OSERS Office of Special Education Programs, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Rm 4098 PCP, Washington, DC 20202-2600. Contact: Debra Price-Ellingstad, E-mail: debra.price-ellingstad@ed.gov. Telephone: (202) (202) 245-7481.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria for selecting among grant applications will normally be selected from those in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), 34 CFR Part 75.210.

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