The University of Connecticut was awarded a $1.2 million grant to fund a Personnel Center which will address a need apparent in recent studies which necessitate strengthening the skills needed by the early childhood workforce, who are dedicated to improving developmental and learning results for infants and toddlers with disabilities. For more information, please click here.
The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill was awarded a grant of $3.69 million to fund a Technical Assistance Center which will partner with states to provide a framework for high-quality technical assistance and intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities. The center will provide technical assistance to states to improve outcomes for infants and toddlers with disabilities and research-based interventions. For more information please click here.
The University of Kansas was awarded a $4.9 million grant to fund the Technical Assistance Center for Inclusive School-Wide Reform which will share information with educators and stakeholders on educating students with disabilities in inclusive settings. This center’s focus will center on improving the knowledge and skills as educators and the capacity of schools to educate students with disabilities in inclusive classrooms and extracurricular activities. For more information, please click here.
The University of Florida received a $5 million grant to support the development of effective special educators for students with disabilities. The grant will focus on technical assistance for improving state certification and licensure standards, restructuring and improving teacher preparation programs and using data outcomes for students with disabilities. For more information, please click here.
A group of 16 clinics will share a total of $6.9 million in grants to further research rehabilitation care for individuals with traumatic brain injuries under NIDRR's Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model Systems program to improve the lives of those with traumatic brain injuries by creating and improving the depth of knowledge regarding the results and treatment of these types of injuries. For more information, please click here.
SRI International received a grant for $6.4 million to operate the National IDEA Technical Assistance Center on Early Childhood Longitudinal Data Systems to help states more efficiently use data systems to meet IDEA data requirements, and improving capacity for data-based decisions. For more information on this grant, please click here.
22 states also received grants in an amount totaling $24 million to improve training systems to help children with disabilities by reforming and improving their personnel preparation programs and professional development by partnering with at least one higher education institution in their state, local education agency and either a Parent Training and Information Center, or a Community Parent Resource Center. For more information, please click here.
In addition, several grants totaling more than $1.1 million were awarded to Pacer, Inc., FHI Development 360, LLC, and the University of Delaware for projects that will support early intervention and preschool programs in the use of assistive technology. For more information on these grants, please click here.
The Department has also awarded over $9 million in 38 grants to higher education institutions in 21 states (and the District of Columbia) to train special educators. To see which higher education institutions received grants and under what focus area, please click here.