Disability and Research Centers
Conducts research, training, and provides information and technical assistance on issues related to vocational rehabilitation, supported education, and supported employment for people with psychiatric disabilities.
ILRU, founded in 1975, has a long history of providing research, education and consultation in the areas of independent living, the Americans with Disabilities Act, home and community based services and health issues for people with disabilities. ILRU provides training and information dissemination in a number of ways including on-site and on-line training, Web casts and teleconferences.
The National Center for Disability Services is a nonprofit facility providing educational, vocational, rehabilitation and research services for people with disabilities.
The National Clearing House of Rehabilitation Training Materials (NCHRTM) disseminates information on rehabilitation, with primary concentration on training materials for use by educators, rehabilitation counselors, administrators, and consumers. Also served by the NCHRTM are personnel working in the areas of staff development, in-service training, continuing education, and special education.
The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) provides leadership and support for a comprehensive program of research related to the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities. All of our programmatic efforts are aimed at improving the lives of individuals with disabilities from birth through adulthood.
The National Organization on Disability promotes the full participation of Americans with disabilities in all aspects of community life. Its primary program is the Community Partnership Program, a network of 4,100 towns, cities, and counties nationwide. The Community Partnerships undertake many different activities to improve attitudes toward people with disabilities and to expand educational and employment opportunities.
The National Research and Training Center on Psychiatric Disability (NRTC) promotes access to effective consumer-driven and community-based services for adults with serious mental illness. The Center is located at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the Department of Psychiatry.
Rehabilitation Services Administration
State Vocational Rehabilitation Service Program
The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) oversees grant programs that help individuals with physical or mental disabilities to obtain employment and live more independently through the provision of such supports as counseling, medical and psychological services, job training and other individualized services.
RSA’s major Title I formula grant program provides funds to state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies to provide employment-related services for individuals with disabilities, giving priority to individuals who are significantly disabled.
The Research and Training Center on Independent Living at the University of Kansas conducts in-depth research on critical issues in the independent living field. The RTC/IL produces materials from preliminary studies, research reports, training activities, and seminars. In 1993, the Center expanded its services to “” populations. Underserved populations are people with chronic psychiatric disabilities, acquired brain injury, and cognitive and intellectual disabilities as well as people with disabilities who are minorities, rural and inner-city residents, homeless persons, adolescents, and elderly adults.
The World Institute on Disability is a public policy institute seeking solutions to major problems faced by people with disabilities of all ages. Founded in 1983, it offers information on independent living, personal attendant care, and study results of the IDEAS project in foreign countries.
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