$4.8 Million Awarded to Improve Outcomes for Children with Disabilities through Improved Adolescent Literacy, Accessible Technology, Media Services and Educational Materials

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$4.8 Million Awarded to Improve Outcomes for Children with Disabilities through Improved Adolescent Literacy, Accessible Technology, Media Services and Educational Materials

October 13, 2015

The U.S. Department of Education today announced the award of more than $4.8 million in grants to improve outcomes for children with disabilities. Included is $1.2 million to upgrade adolescent literacy for students with disabilities and $3.6 million to enhance results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities through the use of accessible technology, media services and educational materials.

"These grants support important projects across the country to help students with disabilities reach their academic potential," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

The award of $1.2 million, funded under the Technical Assistance and Dissemination program, is to improve services and results for children with disabilities through the development of model demonstration projects designed to better adolescent literacy outcomes for students with disabilities in grades 6-12. The projects are aimed at promoting academic achievement and improved results for children with disabilities by providing technical assistance, sharing useful information and implementing activities that are supported by scientifically based research.

The award of $3.6 million in five-year grants, funded under the Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities Program, will be provided to universities and organizations to improve results for infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities through the use of accessible technology, media services, and educational materials.

These universities and organizations will promote the development, demonstration and use of technology. They will support educational media services activities, including captioning and video description of educational materials, that are appropriate for use in the classroom setting. And, provide accessible materials to students with disabilities in a timely manner.

The grants are being funded under the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.

ADOLESCENT LITERACY GRANTEES
State City Recipient Amount
Technical Assistance and Dissemination-84.326
CA Northridge The University Corporation, California State University – Northridge $400,000
MI Lansing Michigan Department of Education $400,000
TX Austin University of Texas $400,000
    Total $1,200,000
EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY, MEDIA, AND MATERIALS GRANTEES
State City Recipient Amount
Technology-84.327S
MA Wakefield Center for Applied Special Technology Inc. $249,964
MN Minneapolis Regents of the University of Minnesota $249,970
OR Eugene University of Oregon $499,693
Media Services-84.327C
FL Longwood Closed Caption Latina, Corp. $399,950
MN Minneapolis CaptionMax, Inc. $400,000
NY New York Bridge Multimedia Corp. $799,268
OK Tulsa Narrative Television Network $400,000
Instructional Materials-84.327B
CA Palo Alto Beneficent Technology Inc. $676,894
    Total $3,675,739