The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) within the U.S. Department of Education is now accepting applications for two new grant awards for the 2011 fiscal year. These awards are funded by IDEA Part D support programs which provide the critical infrastructure, training, research, and development functions necessary to drive improvements in special education, including professional development, technical assistance and dissemination of knowledge. Read CEC’s analysis of IDEA Part D programs here.
The first grant, published in the Federal register on August 15, will provide technical assistance for model demonstration projects for English language learners who have, or are at risk of having, a disability. According to the U.S. Department of Education, as the number of English language learners continues to grow so too is the number of students with disabilities who are also English language learners. This grant will provide the technical assistance and dissemination of knowledge to improve services and results for this student population. Click here for more information.
The second grant, published in the Federal Register on August 17, will provide education materials in accessible formats for students with visual impairments and other print disabilities. It will provide students with free, high-quality textbooks and other materials in an accessible media. The grant will also provide support for classroom appropriate captioning and video description and will be used to promote the development, demonstration and use of technology to provide services to visually impaired and print disabled students. Click here for more information.