OSP FO# 11-103

AGENCY: Department of Education (DOEd)/Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)

PROGRAM: Technology and Media Services for Individuals with Disabilities—Captioned and Described Educational Media

OBJECTIVES: The goals of this program are to: (1) improve results for children with disabilities by promoting the development, demonstration, and use of technology; (2) support educational media services 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 are appropriate for use in the classroom setting.

The absolute priority of this program is to provide funding for a cooperative agreement to support the establishment and operation of an Accessible Learning Center that will oversee the selection, acquisition, closed captioning, video description, and distribution of free educational media through a loan service for eligible users who we are defining as students, including English learners, in early learning and kindergarten through grade 12 (K–12) classroom settings, who have hearing or vision impairments, and individuals, such as teachers and paraprofessionals who are directly involved in early learning or K–12 classroom instruction.

Please see the program announcement below for further program details.

DEADLINE: June 20, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: The DOEd anticipates providing $1.5 million to support one award for a period of up to 60 months. The Department will reject any application that proposes a budget exceeding $1.5 million for a single budget period of 12 months.

AGENCY CONTACT:
Ernest Hairston
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW.
Room 4070, Potomac Center Plaza (PCP)
Washington, DC 20202–2550
Telephone: (202) 245–7366
Email: ernest.hairston@ed.gov
Web:  http://www2.ed.gov/programs/oseptms/applicant.html
     http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-05-04/pdf/2011-10907.pdf

REMARKS: Applications must be submitted electronically using the Grants.gov system. Instructions and forms are available on the Grants.Gov website (http://www.grants.gov). Additional information about Grants.gov for BU Investigators can be obtained on the OSP web site at: http://www.bu.edu/osp/proposal-preparation/electronic-submission/. Please contact the OSP Assistant Director assigned to your school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through the Grants.gov system.

Complete program guidelines and application material (CFDA# 84.327N) may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.