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Special Education-Technology And Media Services For Individuals With Disabilities

Program Descriptions

Program Number



Special Education-Technology And Media Services For Individuals With Disabilities


Federal Agency




Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part D, Subpart 3, Section 674, as amended, 20 U.S.C. 1474.






To (1) improve results for children with disabilities promoting: the development, demonstration and use of technology; (2) support educational media service activities designed to be of educational value in the classroom setting to children with disabilities; and (3) provide support for captioning and video description that is appropriate for use in the classroom setting.


Types of Assistance

Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements or Contracts).


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 children with disabilities and their families benefit from this program.




Application 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 Procedure

The standard application forms as furnished by 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 Procedure

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

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Range is from 90 to 120 days.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

A recipient of a grant, contract, or cooperative agreement may be required 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 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 $38,428,000; FY 08 est $39,301,200; and FY 09 est $30,949,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable because the range and average vary by competition.


Program Accomplishments

Approximately 70 new and continuation awards are expected to be made for 2008.


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: Jane Hauser. E-mail: Telephone: (202) 245-7373.

Web Site Address


Related Programs

84.027, Special Education-Grants To States
84.173, Special Education-Preschool Grants
84.181, Special Education-Grants For Infants And Families
84.323, Special Education - State Personnel Development
84.324, Research In Special Education
84.325, Special Education - Personnel Development To Improve Services And Results For Children With Disabilities
84.326, Special Education-Technical Assistance And Dissemination To Improve Services And Results For Children With Disabilities
84.328, Special Education-Parent Information Centers
84.329, Special Education-Studies And Evaluations
84.373, Special Education-Technical Assistance On State Data Collection


Examples of Funded Projects

This program supports technology research, development, and dissemination. Media activities, such as providing closed-captioning for television and accessible textbooks for students with disabilities, are also supported.


Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria for selecting among grant applications will normally be selected from those in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), 24 CFR Part 75.210.


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