Department of Education awards $4.6 million for disability research

The Department of Education has awarded $4.6 million in grants to four institutions for research projects designed to help people with disabilities.

Recipients will use the grants, awarded under the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers Program, to conduct research programs that will apply technology, scientific achievement and psychological and social knowledge to solve rehabilitation problems and remove environmental barriers.

“The projects aim to conduct research, develop plans and provide technical assistance to help improve the lives of individuals with disabilities,” US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan stated in a press release. “All of these efforts are intended to fulfill the goal of inclusion, integration, employment and self-sufficiency for people with disabilities.”

The institutions receiving the grants include the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, Regents of the University of Michigan, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Carnegie Mellon University.

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