Open for Comment: NIDRR’s Proposed Long Range Plan 2013-2017

As a reader of the NARIC Spotlight, you know that NARIC is the library for the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), one of two institutes at the US Department of Education. Every 5 years, NIDRR develops and releases a plan that establishes goals and objectives for the institute and the research it funds. These plans are published in the Federal Register where anyone can read them and submit comments or questions. The proposed 2013-2017 Long Range Plan is out in today’s Federal Register.

Some highlights:

  • NIDRR proposes a Rehabilitation Research Advisory Council (RRAC) to “engage individuals with disabilities and, as appropriate, their representatives; community rehabilitation and service professionals, including providers of assistive technologies; rehabilitation researchers and engineers; and other stakeholders to offer NIDRR ongoing advice to ensure that NIDRR programs reflect the principles that NIDRR has proposed for them.”
  • Among the plan’s goals are to adopt a stages-of-research paradigm to enhance NIDRR’s efforts to generate evidence-based practices, and to support a variety of research methods (quantitative and qualitative) as appropriate to the topics and research questions.
  • NIDRR proposes to expand field-initiated research and development opportunities to support innovation.
  • NIDRR also proposes to establish priorities that inform systems and policy development as well as interventions to improve outcomes for individuals.

These highlights are just a brief glimpse into what NIDRR hopes to achieve in the next 5 years. We encourage you to download the proposed plan, read it, and submit your comments to NIDRR before the June 18th deadline. Address all comments about the proposed Plan to Lynn Medley, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 5140, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202-2700. If you prefer to send your comments by email, use the following address: You must include the term “Long-Range Plan” in the subject line of your electronic message.

You are welcome to submit comments here, but they will not be sent to NIDRR or included in any officially published comments. Any comments submitted here will be for discussion purposes only.

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