Federal Agencies

National Council on Disability (NCD)

  1. NCD is a small, independent federal agency charged with advising the President, Congress, and other federal agencies regarding policies, programs, practices, and procedures that affect people with disabilities.

  2. NCD is comprised of a team of fifteen Presidential appointees , an Executive Director appointed by the Chairman, and twelve, full-time professional staff.

  3. NCD’s mission is to be a trusted advisor, in collaboration with people with disabilities to:

•The President •The Congress •Federal entities •State, tribal communities, and local governments; and •Other entities and organizations

The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), a component of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), is the main federal agency that supports applied research, training and development to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities. Accomplishing NIDRR’s mission is a first step on the journey toward improving the lives of individuals with disabilities. NIDRR staff and its grantees are therefore committed to: •Generating new knowledge and promoting its effective use in improving the ability of persons with disabilities to perform activities of their choice in the community, and •Expanding society’s capacity to provide full opportunities and accommodations for its citizens with disabilities.

The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) oversees grant programs that help individuals with physical or mental disabilities to obtain employment and live more independently through the provision of such supports as counseling, medical and psychological services, job training and other individualized services.

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