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  • Grant Opportunities for Training in Work With Children With Disabilities Announced

    The US Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) has announced funding opportunities for nonprofits and institutes of higher learning that train individuals to work with children with disabilities, and physical therapy is among the training areas that could qualify for the awards. An estimated 26 awards averaging $237,500 will be made.

    The funding is intended to help address state-identified needs for personnel preparation in special education, early intervention, related services, and regular education to work with children with disabilities. Special attention is being focused on ways to ensure that personnel have the necessary skills and knowledge using scientifically based research and experience.

    Some of the "Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities—Personnel Preparation in Special Education, Early Intervention, and Related Services" grants will be awarded to projects associated with preexisting education programs in special education, early intervention, or a related field; however, grants may also be awarded to projects associated with various assistant programs—among them physical therapist assistant programs. Primary focus areas include projects that prepare related services personnel, such as physical therapists (PTs), to serve children, infants, and toddlers with disabilities. OSERS intends to fund 8 awards under this focus area.

    Other award areas include projects related to preparation for professions in "related" services that include physical therapy.

    For details, requirements, and application instructions, refer to the program posting on the Federal Register (pdf).

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    • I graduated from owens community college may 2014 as a PTA and would be interested in learning more to be able to help young children. please let me know what I have to do to be apart of this, thank you! Jennifer Hendrickson, PTA

      Posted by jennifer hendrickson on 10/22/2014 7:48 PM

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