The U.S. Department of Education will fund three media service technology demonstration projects that are focused on improving the educational capabilities of infants, toddlers and preschool children with disabilities.
On June 4, 2012, the DoE posted a Federal Register notice—Applications for New Awards: Technology and Media Services for Individuals With Disabilities, Models Promoting Young Children’s Use of Assistive Technology—which invites fiscal year 2012 grant applications for the Technology and Media Services for Individuals with Disabilities program.
Grants will be awarded to support the establishment and operation of three demonstration projects that will assist preschool programs in implementing and evaluating programs that “promote and sustain promising practices for the effective use of assistive technology that help infants and toddlers with disabilities” participate in daily activities.” Those projects can also help preschool children with disabilities participate in accessing the general education curriculum, the notice says.
In addition, the Technology and Media Services for Individuals with Disabilities program has three goals that it wants grantees to support. Those goals are to improve results for students with disabilities by promoting the development, demonstration and use of technology; support education-focused media services’ activities designed to be of value in the classroom for students with disabilities; and provide support for captioning and video description that is appropriate for use in the classroom.
Applications are now available, and the deadline for filing those applications is July 19, 2012.