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Rehabilitation Training-General Training

Program Descriptions

Program Number



Rehabilitation Training-General Training


Federal Agency




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






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.


Types of Assistance

Project Grants.


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.


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.


Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure

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 Procedure

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

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

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





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


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


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


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.


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


Financial Information

Account Identification



(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.


Program Accomplishments

Clearinghouse of rehabilitation training materials.


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

Regulations can be found in 34 CFR 385.


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


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.

Web Site Address


Related Programs

84.129, Rehabilitation Long-Term Training


Examples of Funded Projects



Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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


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