$30M To Improve Services for Students with disabilities

US-DeptOfEducation-Seal_LargeAgency: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (DoEd); Program: Disability Innovation Fund: Transition Work-Based Learning Model Demonstrations (CFDA Number: 84.421A) (Funding Opportunity Number: ED-GRANTS-080116-001); Eligibility: State governments; Funding: $30 million for seven awards (no match required); Deadline: Sept. 6.

Summary: DIF supports innovative activities aimed at improving the outcomes of individuals with disabilities. The solicitation will fund Transition Work-Based Learning Model Demonstrations to implement and evaluate effective work-based learning models that will help ensure that students with disabilities are prepared for postsecondary education and competitive integrated employment.

The model demonstration projects must provide effective work-based learning experiences in integrated settings, in coordination with other transition services, including pre-employment transition services, to students with disabilities. These demonstrations will involve collaborations among state agencies, school districts and supportive service providers.

The program has two competitive priorities that can result in up to seven bonus points during the application scoring process: (1) Evidence of Promise Supporting the Proposed Model (up to two points); and (2) Project Evaluation Designed to Meet the What Works Clearinghouse Evidence Standards (up to five points).

Info: http://goo.gl/EOc6Op (NOFA) Julius Cotton, 202/245-6288, EducationGrantInquiries@ed.gov or RoseAnn Ashby, 202/245-7258; e-mail, roseann.ashby@ed.gov; for questions.

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