Applications for New Awards; Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals With Disabilities-Stepping-Up Technology Implementation
Purpose of Program: The purposes of the Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities Program are to: (1) Improve results for students with disabilities by promoting the development, demonstration, and use of technology; (2) support educational activities designed to be of educational value in the classroom for students with disabilities; (3) provide support for captioning and video description that is appropriate for use in the classroom; and (4) provide accessible educational materials to students with disabilities in a timely manner.
The purpose of this priority is to fund five cooperative agreements to: (a) Identify strategies needed to readily implement existing technology tools based on evidence that benefit students with disabilities; and (b) develop and disseminate products that will assist personnel in early childhood or K-12 settings to readily use, understand, and implement these technology tools.
Competitive Preference Priority 1—Students with the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities. (Two Points).
Competitive Preference Priority 2—Projects Supported by Evidence of Promise (Two Points).
Competitive Preference Priority 3—Technology to Support Instructors and Students in Juvenile Correctional Facilities (Two Points).
Estimated Available Funds: The Administration has requested $30,047,000 for the Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities program for FY 2017, of which we intend to use an estimated $2,500,000 for this competition.
Estimated Range of Awards: $450,000 to $500,000 per year.
Estimated Average Size of Awards: $471,352 per year.
Estimated Number of Awards: 5.
While this might seem like a noble expenditure of educational funds, we must ask ourselves,
“How will making five SEA’s compete for funding help their LEA’s assist their vast number of disabled students succeed?”
“How many disabled students will actually be serviced over the five year period this award will be granted?”
“With the addition of Priority 3 is our government recognizing that many disabled students have been incarcerated?”
“Does funding such as this promote the over classification of students as disabled in order for States to compete for these funds?”
When we provide every child with an excellent eucation priority funding will not be necessary.
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