NIDILRR 2018-2023 Long-Range Plan Stakeholder Listening Session
The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) will be hosting a number of listening sessions across the country to help inform future funding priorities and strategic direction. Mandated by Congress to develop a Long Range Plan every five years, the agency aims to continue to be responsive to the needs of key stakeholders – especially people living with disabilities.
“We fund some of the most talented and innovative researchers and technology developers in the country,” said NIDILRR Director, John Tschida. “We need to make sure that this research and development focuses on improving the everyday lives of people with disabilities.”
NIDILRR will hold three-hour public meetings in the following locations. The meetings will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. local time. You can attend in person, listen by phone or provide comments by email.
November 1, 2016 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 233 N Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60601 13th Floor Conference Room
November 18, 2016 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services John F. Kennedy Federal Building 15 New Sudbury Street Boston, MA 02203 Conference Room 900A
December 5, 2016 U.S. Department of Health & Human Services 1301 Young Street Dallas, TX 75201 Rooms 914, 915 and 916
Note: Please be prepared to show a government issued photo ID (e.g., driver’s license) and go through a security check point to access the building at each location.
Attendees should come Prepared to Answer the Following Questions:
- What issues (barriers) make it challenging for you to be an active member of your community?
- What improvements (name the top one or two) would make your daily life better?
- What has changed, for better or worse, in the last five years that as affected your ability to achieve your goals?
“No subject is off limits during these conversations,” Tschida said. “People with disabilities lead diverse and complex lives. Understanding those details will help us determine how our future research and development opportunities should be focused.”
Note: If you are planning to attend in person and would like to present comments, you will have 5 minutes to present. Please bring a written copy of your comments to the meeting so that we can maintain them as part of the record for the meeting.
NIDILRR’s mission is to generate new knowledge and to promote its effective use to (1) improve the abilities of individuals with disabilities to perform activities of their choice in the community, and to (2) expand society’s capacity to provide full opportunities and accommodations for its citizens with disabilities.
Examples of NIDILRR project successes include:
- Ensuring that accessibility features are incorporated into new and developing technologies, including internet browsers, computer operating systems, and mobile phones.
- Developing the principles of universal design to ensure the built environment is accessible to everyone, regardless of their abilities.
- Developing and growing model systems of rehabilitation to improve the functional abilities and long-term social participation outcomes of those with disabilities.
- Supporting the maturation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) national network that provides training and technical assistance to businesses, individuals, units of government and others.
Attendance by Phone (Listen Only)
Conference Bridge: 1-888-330-1716 Access Code: 8049284#
If you require participation by CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) service, please let us know by checking the box on the registration page. A web-link to the real-time CART transcript will be emailed to you prior to the meeting date.
Provide Comments by Email
NIDILRR will accept written comments via email at NIDILRRfuture@acl.hhs.gov. Please submit your comments by December 12, 2016.
Registration (only required if you plan to attend in person or listen by phone)
[Registration is now closed.] You can also register by fax at 703-356-8314 or by phone at 703-356-8035 ext. 105. Please register today!
For questions or assistance with registration, contact Robin Toliver, New Editions Consulting, Inc., 703-356-8035 ext. 105.