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Tuesday,

April 10, 2001

Part II

Department of
Education
National Institute on Disability and
Rehabilitation Research; Proposed
Funding Priorities for FY 2001–2003;
Notice

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION about these priorities in Room 3414, make awards for up to 60 months
Switzer Building, 330 C Street SW., through grants or cooperative
National Institute on Disability and Washington, D.C., between the hours of agreements to public and private
Rehabilitation Research; Proposed 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Eastern time, Monday agencies and organizations, including
Funding Priorities for FY 2001–2003 through Friday of each week except institutions of higher education, Indian
AGENCY: Office of Special Education and
Federal holidays. tribes, and tribal organizations, to
Rehabilitative Services, Department of conduct research, demonstration, and
Assistance to Individuals With
Education. training activities regarding
Disabilities in Reviewing the
rehabilitation technology in order to
ACTION: Notice of proposed funding Rulemaking Record
enhance opportunities for meeting the
priorities for Fiscal Years (FY) 2001– On request, we will supply an needs of, and addressing the barriers
2003 for two rehabilitation engineering appropriate aid, such as a reader or confronted by, individuals with
research centers. print magnifier, to an individual with a disabilities in all aspects of their lives.
SUMMARY: We propose funding priorities disability that needs assistance to An RERC must be operated by or in
for one Rehabilitation and Engineering review the comments or other collaboration with an institution of
Research Program (RERC) on documents in the public rulemaking higher education or a nonprofit
Technology for Successful Aging and record for these proposed priorities. If organization.
one RERC on Transportation Safety you want to schedule an appointment
for this type of aid, you may call (202) Description of Rehabilitation
under the National Institute on Engineering Research Centers
Disability and Rehabilitation Research 205–8113 or (202) 260–9895. If you use
(NIDRR) for FY 2001–2003. We may use a TDD, you may call the Federal RERCs carry out research or
these priorities for competitions in FY Information Relay Service at 1–800– demonstration activities by:
2001 and later years. We take this action 877–8339. (a) Developing and disseminating
to focus research attention on areas of innovative methods of applying
National Education Goals
national need. We intend these advanced technology, scientific
priorities to improve the rehabilitation These proposed priorities will address achievement, and psychological and
services and outcomes for individuals the National Education Goal that every social knowledge to (1) solve
with disabilities. adult American will be literate and will rehabilitation problems and remove
possess the knowledge and skills environmental barriers, and (2) study
DATES: We must receive your comments
necessary to compete in a global new or emerging technologies, products,
on or before May 10, 2001.
economy and exercise the rights and or environments;
ADDRESSES: All comments concerning responsibilities of citizenship. (b) Demonstrating and disseminating
these proposed priorities should be The authority for the program to (1) innovative models for the delivery of
addressed to Donna Nangle, U.S. establish research priorities by reserving cost-effective rehabilitation technology
Department of Education, 400 Maryland funds to support particular research services to rural and urban areas, and (2)
Avenue, S.W., room 3414, Switzer activities is contained in sections 202(g) other scientific research to assist in
Building, Washington, D.C. 20202–2645. and 204 of the Rehabilitation Act of meeting the employment and
Comments may also be sent through the 1973, as amended (29 U.S.C. 762(g) and independent living needs of individuals
Internet: donna_nangle@ed.gov 764(b)(4)). Regulations governing this with severe disabilities; or
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: program are found in 34 CFR part 350. (c) Facilitating service delivery
Donna Nangle. Telephone: (202) 205– We will announce the final priorities systems change through (1) the
5880. Individuals who use a in a notice in the Federal Register. We development, evaluation, and
telecommunications device for the deaf will determine the final priorities after dissemination of consumer-responsive
(TDD) may call the TDD number at (202) considering responses to this notice and and individual and family-centered
205–4475. other information available to the innovative models for the delivery to
Individuals with disabilities may Department. This notice does not both rural and urban areas of innovative
obtain this document in an alternative preclude us from proposing or funding cost-effective rehabilitation technology
format (e.g., Braille, large print, additional priorities, subject to meeting services, and (2) Other scientific
audiotape, or computer diskette) on applicable rulemaking requirements. research to assist in meeting the
request to the contact person listed in Note: This notice does not solicit employment and independent needs of
the preceding paragraph. applications. In any year in which we choose individuals with severe disabilities.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: to use these proposed priorities, we invite Each RERC must provide training
applications through a notice published in opportunities to individuals, including
Invitation To comment the Federal Register. When inviting individuals with disabilities, to become
We invite you to submit comments applications we designate each priority as
researchers of rehabilitation technology
regarding these proposed priorities. absolute, competitive preference, or
invitational. and practitioners of rehabilitation
We invite you to assist us in
technology in conjunction with
complying with the specific The proposed priorities refer to
institutions of higher education and
requirements of Executive Order 12866 NIDRR’s Long-Range Plan that can be
nonprofit organizations.
and its overall requirement of reducing accessed on the World Wide Web at:
regulatory burden that might result from (http://www.ed.gov/offices/OSERS/ Proposed Priority 1: RERC on
these proposed priorities. Please let us NIDRR/#LRP). Technology for Successful Aging
know of any further opportunities we
Rehabilitation Engineering Research Background
should take to reduce potential costs or
Centers Program Americans are living longer, and
increase potential benefits while
preserving the effective and efficient The authority for RERCs is contained because of this demographic revolution
administration of the program. in section 204(b)(3) of the Rehabilitation the landscape of disability is also
During and after the comment period, Act of 1973, as amended (29 U.S.C. changing. Since 1900, average life
you may inspect all public comments 764(b)(3)). The Assistant Secretary may expectancy has increased dramatically

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from less than 50 years of age to Boomers,’’ Issues in Science and and supportive of us as we age
approximately 76 years, and Technology Online: http://bob.nap.edu/ (Coughlin, J.F., op cit., pg. 6, 1999).
centenarians now represent the fastest issues/16.1/coughlin.htm, pg. 5, 1999). In the emerging, evolving field of
growing age group in the United States There is a need for an integrated assistive technology, there are gaps in
(Bureau of the Census, ‘‘Current infrastructure for independent aging the research. This is particularly true for
Population Reports,’’ pgs. 70–73, 1993). that should include a safe home, a older adults with disabilities. To create
During this same time period, the productive workplace, personal enabling home environments, research
percentage of Americans who are 65 communications, and lifelong is needed on assistive and universally
years or older has more than tripled transportation. designed technologies and
(from 4.1% in 1900 to 12.7% in 1999) The NIDRR Long-Range Plan suggests environmental interventions that are
and the actual number increased eleven that aging of the disabled population in safe, affordable, support independence
times from 3.1 million to 34.5 million. conjunction with quality of life issues and social participation, and involve the
This number is expected to double by dictates a particular focus on prevention integration of information technology
the year 2030 (Administration on Aging, and alleviation of secondary disabilities and ergonomic principles. As part of
‘‘Profile of Older Americans, 2000,’’: and coexisting conditions and on health achieving this goal, there is a need to
http://www.aoa.dhhs.gov/aoa/stats/ maintenance over the lifespan. Research develop appropriate devices that
profile/). in this area must focus on the unobtrusively monitor key needs (i.e.,
In 1994–1995 more than half of those development and evaluation of taking medications, eating, and
65 and older (52.5%) reported having at environmental options in the built drinking), as well as critical events (i.e.,
least one disability and it is estimated environment and the communications falls or stove left on). There is also a
that one-third of this population has a environment, including such need for research to determine the most
severe disability. Over 4.4 million (14%) approaches as universal design, effective ways to inform professionals,
have difficulty in carrying out activities modular design, and assistive families, and consumers about new and
of daily living (ADLs), which includes technology that enable individuals with emerging assistive and universally
bathing, dressing, eating, and getting disabilities and society to select the designed technologies, the best ways to
around the house, and 6.5 million (21%) most appropriate means to use them, and ways to pay for them.
reported difficulty in carrying out accommodate or alleviate limitations Another important area relates to the
instrumental activities of daily living (NIDRR, Long-Range Plan: 1999–2003, needs of older persons with cognitive
(IADLs) such as preparing of meals, pg. 49). impairments. This population presents
shopping, managing money, using the Home environmental interventions the greatest challenge to creating
telephone, doing housework, and taking and assistive and universally designed enabling environments. According to
medication. However, despite the technologies have the potential to recent findings, individuals with
increased risks of disability associated increase independence for community- cognitive impairment use the fewest
with aging, ninety-five percent of older based older persons with disabilities. A numbers of assistive devices but could
Americans choose to remain in their new generation of home-based benefit from the development of
own homes, use public services and monitoring and communication ‘‘smart’’ environments—devices that
function independently as they age technologies could enable caregivers at anticipate needs, suggest (or actually
(Current Population Reports, any distance to monitor and respond to provide) alternatives, and limit the
‘‘Americans with Disabilities, 1994– the needs of older friends, family, amount of sensory input and/or
1995,’’ http://www.census.gov/main/ residents, and patients. Systems that decision making required (Mann, W.,
cprs.html). make full use of the existing Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation 8(2),
Although there are many similarities telecommunications infrastructure pgs. 35–52, 1993).
between younger and older persons could be used to ensure that medicine
with disabilities (e.g., the goal of has been taken, that physical functions Proposed Priority 1: RERC on
independent living), there are also are normal, and that minor symptoms Technology for Successful Aging
important differences. Younger persons are not indicators of a larger problem. We propose to establish an RERC on
with disabilities are much more likely to They could provide early identification technologies for successful aging that
experience impairment or disability in of problems that, if left untreated, may will focus on technological solutions to
only one area (e.g., cognitive, hearing, result in hospitalization for the promote the health, safety,
vision, or mobility), whereas older individual and higher health care costs independence, active engagement and
persons tend to have multiple chronic to society (Coughlin, J.F., op cit., pg. 7, quality of life of older persons with
conditions, presenting a mix of 1999). disabilities. The RERC must:
symptoms, impairments, and functional The fact that most older adults choose (a) Identify, assess, and evaluate
limitations. Older persons with to remain in their own homes as they current and emerging needs, and
disabilities also differ from their age is a cost effective option from a barriers to meeting those needs, for
younger counterparts in that they are public policy perspective provided that home-based monitoring and
predominantly female, have lower the home can be used as a platform to communication technologies that
income, and have a smaller network of ensure overall wellness and community promote heath, independence, and
social support. integration. For example, introduction active engagement of older persons with
As the baby boomer generation ages, of a new generation of appliances, disabilities in the community and with
the challenge for policymakers and health monitors, and related devices family and friends;
industry is to fully leverage advances in that can safely support independence (b) Investigate, develop, and evaluate
information, communications, sensors, and remote caregiving could make the home-based monitoring and
advanced materials, lighting, and many home a viable alternative to longterm communication technologies to promote
other technologies to optimize existing care for many older adults. Research health independence, and active
public and private investments and to should go beyond questions of design engagement of older persons with
create new environments that respond and physical accessibility to the disabilities;
to an aging society’s needs (Coughlin, development of an integrated home that (c) Investigate, develop, and evaluate
J.F., ‘‘Technology Needs of Aging is attractive to us when we are younger technologies that can be used to create

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‘‘smart’’ environments that anticipate Proposed Priority 2: RERC on support for the occupant under crash
needs, suggest (or actually provide) Transportation Safety conditions (Department of
alternatives, and limit the amount of Transportation, U.S. National Center for
Background
sensory input and/or decision making Health Statistics, ‘‘Federal Motor
required of older persons with multiple Americans live in a very mobile Vehicle Safety Standards Seating
types of impairments, including society where access to, and use of, Systems,’’ U.S. Government Printing
sensory, mobility, and cognitive; public and private transportation Office, Washington, DC, 49 CFR
services is essential to daily living. 571.207). However, wheelchairs used as
(d) Identify, develop and evaluate There are roughly 1.7 million motor vehicle seats are not necessarily
strategies and training materials to Americans living outside of institutions designed for such use and must rely
promote knowledge about new and who use wheelchairs and scooters upon after-market products to secure or
existing technologies for use by (Kaye, H.S., Kang, T., and LaPlante, anchor the wheelchair to the vehicle.
caregivers, home health providers, case M.P., ‘‘Mobility Device Use in the Unfortunately, tie-down systems are not
managers and by older persons with United States,’’ Disability Statistics afforded the same scrutiny as vehicle
disabilities; and Report, (14), Washington, DC: U.S. seating systems thereby increasing the
(e) Develop and explore various Department of Education, NIDRR, June, likelihood that the tie-down systems
strategies for strengthening partnerships 2000), including those who rely heavily could fail and the wheelchair and its
with industry to facilitate the on public and private transportation occupant could become a projectile in
development of new technologies and services to commute to work and crash settings.
applications that are appropriate for use school, participate in recreational Laboratory research has dramatically
by older persons with multiple types of activities, and carry out daily activities. demonstrated the potential danger for
impairments and functional capabilities. The Individuals with Disabilities wheelchair riders not adequately
Education Act (IDEA) requires that secured using wheelchair tie-down and
In addition to activities proposed by
children with disabilities, including restraint systems (WTORS) during
the applicant to carry out these those who use wheelchairs, must be vehicle collisions (Benson, J.B. and
purposes, the RERC must: transported safely to educational Schneider, L.W., ‘‘Improving the
• Develop and implement in the first settings. The Americans with crashworthiness of restraints for
year of the grant, and in consultation Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) requires handicapped children,’’ In: Advances in
with the NIDRR-funded National Center that all public and private belt restraint systems, design,
for the Dissemination of Disability transportation systems, including trains, performance, and usage: Society of
Research (NCDDR), a plan to buses, and subways be accessible to Automobile Engineers Technical Paper
disseminate the RERC’s research results persons with disabilities, including #840528, Warrandale, PA., pgs. 389–
to all relevant target audiences those who use wheelchairs. (The ADA 404. 1984). Although there has been an
including, but not limited to, clinicians, does not address air transportation and increased awareness about wheelchair
engineers, manufacturers, service school buses.) However, in a recent rider safety, there is a paucity of
providers, older persons with report eighty-two percent of wheelchair information regarding the risk to
disabilities, families, disability users stated they have difficulty wheelchair riders while riding in motor
organizations, technology service accessing their local public vehicles. In an effort to better
providers, case managers, businesses, transportation system (Kaye, H.S., Kang, characterize wheelchair rider risk, an
and appropriate journals; T., and LaPlante, M.P., ‘‘Mobility Device analysis of motor vehicle accident data
Use in the United States.’’ Disability for the general public was conducted.
• Develop and implement in the first
Statistics Report, (14), Washington, DC: According to Shaw, the most readily
year of the grant, and in consultation
U.S. Department of Education, NIDRR, accessible and quantifiable information
with the NIDRR-funded RERC on
June, 2000). regarding vehicle accidents involving
Technology Transfer, a utilization plan Many wheelchair users are not
for ensuring that all new and improved onboard wheelchairs was found in the
capable of transferring into a vehicle National Electronic Injury Surveillance
technologies developed by this RERC seat and instead are required to travel
are successfully transferred to the System (NEISS) database that is
seated while in their wheelchairs. maintained by the Consumer Product
marketplace; However, most wheelchairs are not Safety Commission (CPSC). CPSC staff
• Conduct in the third year of the designed to function as vehicle seats, collect information from a sample of 95
grant a state-of-the-science conference thus putting wheelchair-seated travelers (out of an estimated 6,000) hospitals
on home-based monitoring and at greater risk of injury compared to nationwide that are equipped to
communication technologies to promote those who sit in standard vehicle seats accommodate emergency visits. Based
the health, independence, and active (Bertocci, G.E., et al., ‘‘Computer upon data collected from January 1988
engagement of older persons with Simulation and Sled Test Validation of through September 1996, an estimated
disabilities and publish a a Powerbase Wheelchair and Occupant 1,320 wheelchair riders were injured as
comprehensive report on the final Subjected to Frontal Crash Conditions,’’ a result of vehicle accidents (Shaw, G.,
outcomes of the conference in the fourth IEEE Transactions on Rehabilitation ‘‘Wheelchair rider risk in motor
year of the grant; and * Collaborate on Engineering, Vol. 7, No. 2, pg. 234, June, vehicles: A technical note,’’ Journal of
research projects of mutual interest with 1999). Providing effective occupant Rehabilitation Research and
NIDRR-funded projects, such as the protection in a motor vehicle is a Development, Vol. 37, No. 1, Pgs. 89–
RERCs on Universal Design and the multifaceted problem that involves the 100, January/February, 2000).
Built Environment, Mobile Wireless vehicle seat, how the seat is anchored to Similar results were found in a
Technologies, Information Technology the vehicle, and an occupant restraint different study that looked at NEISS
Access, and Telecommunications system (seatbelts, airbags, etc). data from 1986 to 1990. In that study,
Access and the RRTC on Aging with a Manufacturers of motor vehicle seats are an estimated 2,200 wheelchair riders
Disability, as identified through required to perform extensive testing to were injured and the author concluded
consultation with the NIDRR project ensure that vehicle seating systems are that ‘‘improper securement accidents
officer. designed and constructed to provide generally occur when the vehicle stops

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too quickly or makes a sharp turn.’’ crashworthiness of wheelchair systems National Center for Health Statistics,
Furthermore, the author could only find under varying impact directions, such ‘‘Federal Motor Vehicle Safety
the record of one fatality between 1973 as side or rear impact crashes. Studies Standards Seating Systems,’’ U.S.
and 1991 that resulted from an occupant of both the biomechanics and Government Printing Office,
falling from the wheelchair due to a kinematics of occupants and Washington, DC, 49 CFR 571.207).
sudden stop (Richardson, H.A., wheelchairs subjected to side and rear Unfortunately, individuals who must
‘‘Wheelchair occupants injured in motor impact crashes could lead to a better remain seated in their wheelchairs
vehicle-related accidents,’’ U.S. understanding of injury risk for while traveling in motor vehicles are
Department of Transportation National wheelchair-seated occupants under unable to benefit from traditional
Center for Statistics and Analysis, these circumstances and improved seating systems. According to the SAE
Mathematical Analysis Division, design criteria and safety standards. J2249 standards, the current practice for
Washington, DC, 1991). The SAE J2249 standards recommend wheelchair-seated occupant pelvic
Both studies expressed the need for using four-point, strap-type wheelchair restraints (lap belts) is to anchor the
caution when using NEISS data to tie-downs for securing wheelchairs to a belts to the vehicle floor or to rear
define wheelchair rider injury risk. vehicle. Devices such as these have been wheelchair tie-downs. Current practice
Although the NEISS data source used for some time and are effective if for the shoulder restraint is to anchor
provides a perspective regarding the the chair is designed to accommodate one end of the belt on the vehicle wall
approximate number of incidents and the strains and is secured properly. or ceiling and the lower end to the
insight as to the kinds of injury- However, strap-type tie-downs are pelvic restraint belt (Society of
producing situations, it does not cumbersome and time-consuming, Automotive Engineers, ‘‘SAE J2249:
provide sufficient specific detail such as warranting the need for development of Wheelchair tie-downs and occupant
a consistent reporting and classification wheelchair tie-downs that are both safe restraints (WTORS) for use in motor
of vehicle type and size (i.e., large, and easy to operate. vehicles,’’ 1996). ANSI/RESNA WC–19
heavy vehicles versus small, lighter Finally, it is not uncommon for recommends an additional wheelchair
vehicles), the WTORS used, and the rehabilitation technology professionals integrated pelvic restraint on
death and injury rate per unit of to order a wheelchair frame or base from wheelchairs that are used in motor
exposure. This information is needed to one supplier and add to it a separate vehicles (American National Standards
establish the risk and to evaluate the seating system or other peripheral Institute (ANSI)/Rehabilitation
efficiency of risk-reduction efforts device, such as a ventilator, that has Engineering Society of North America
(Shaw, G., op cit., 2000). been purchased from another supplier. (RESNA), ‘‘WC/Volume 1, Section 19:
Voluntary standards have been Despite an effort to evaluate the Wheelchairs used as seats in motor
developed to establish general design crashworthiness of a wheelchair system vehicles,’’ RESNA Standard, Arlington,
and performance requirements for using the ANSI/RESNA WC–19
VA: RESNA, 2000). However, there are
wheelchairs intended to also be used as standards, the common practice of
numerous problems associated with
a vehicle seat and for WTORS. The adding after-market or customized
anchoring vehicle-mounted occupant
American National Standards Institute/ equipment invalidates the test results of
restraint systems for wheelchair-seated
Rehabilitation Engineering Society of a wheelchair tested with originally
occupants including, but not limited to,
North America (ANSI/RESNA) manufactured components.
the limited number of anchoring options
wheelchair standard (hereafter referred Subsequently, the after-market or
due to window locations, seating
to ANSI/RESNA WC–19) provides customized equipment are not subjected
positions, and the vehicle’s structural
wheelchair manufacturers with design to the same dynamic impact testing
integrity. In addition, all users,
and testing guidelines under frontal used on the original wheelchair system
impact conditions for wheelchairs to evaluate its ability to withstand regardless of wheelchair models, seat
intended to be used as seats in motor crash-level forces (Van Roosmalen, L., et heights, etc., are required to use the
vehicles (American National Standards al., ‘‘Proposed Test Method for and same fixed occupant restraint systems
Institute (ANSI)/Rehabilitation Evaluation of Wheelchair Seating that have the potential of compromising
Engineering Society of North America System (WCSS) Crashworthiness,’’ safety belt fit, comfort, and occupant
(RESNA), ‘‘WC/Volume 1, Section 19: Journal of Rehabilitation Research and safety.
Wheelchairs used as seats in motor Development, Vol. 37, No. 5, Pgs. 543– Proposed Priority 2: RERC on
vehicles,’’ RESNA standard, Arlington, 553, September/October, 2000). Transportation Safety
VA: RESNA, 2000). Similarly, a Perhaps one of the most successful
standard developed by the Society of safety devices introduced by the We propose to establish an RERC on
Automotive Engineers (SAE J2249) automobile industry is the safety belt, or transportation to improve the safety of
provides guidance for the installation occupant restraint system. It is wheelchair users who remain seated in
and usage of WTORS (SAE, ‘‘SAE J2249: estimated that safety belts save 9,500 their wheelchairs while using public
Wheelchair tie-downs and occupant lives every year (National Highway and private transportation services and
restraints systems for use in motor Traffic Safety Administration, to investigate new wheelchair
vehicles,’’ Society of Automotive ‘‘America’s Experience with Seat Belt securement technologies that might
Engineers (SAE), 1996). and Child Seat Use,’’ January 2, 2001: enable wheelchair users to
Although these voluntary standards www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/ independently secure and release the
address the safety needs of wheelchair- airbags/presbelt/america_seatbelt.html) wheelchair without the need for a
seated travelers, there is still much that and many States now make it second person. The RERC must:
needs to be accomplished. For instance, mandatory for occupants riding in (a) Investigate and report on the
the ANSI/RESNA WC–19 standards are private vehicles to wear safety belts. incidence, extent, and nature of injury
used to assess the crashworthiness of Traditional vehicle seating systems of wheelchair riders due to motor
complete wheelchair systems through a protect their occupants through vehicle accidents, making a distinction
variety of tests including dynamic properly positioned occupant restraint between vehicle size and weight, and
frontal impact testing. However, there systems and crashworthy seat design include recommendations for ways to
are no requirements to test the (Department of Transportation, U.S. minimize injury;

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(b) Investigate and report on safety • Develop and implement in the first Administration and National Highway
issues, including both kinematics and year of the grant, and in consultation Traffic Safety Administration, and other
biomechanics, related to wheelchair- with the NIDRR-funded National Center relevant Federal agencies identified by
seated occupants subjected to side and for the Dissemination of Disability the NIDRR project officer.
rear impact crashes; Research (NCDDR), a plan to Applicable Program Regulations: 34
(c) Investigate, develop and evaluate disseminate the RERC’s research results CFR part 350.
universal securement interfaces that to clinicians, engineers, manufacturers, Program Authority: 29 U.S.C. 762(g) and
would enable wheelchair and scooter persons with disabilities, disability 764(b)(4).
users to safely and independently organizations, technology service
secure their wheelchairs and scooters to providers, businesses, and appropriate Electronic Access to This Document
motor vehicles; journals; You may view this document, as well
(d) Investigate and compare methods • Develop and implement in the first as all other Department of Education
for dynamically testing the year, and in consultation with the documents published in the Federal
crashworthiness of after-market and NIDRR-funded RERC on Technology Register, in text or Adobe Portable
customized wheelchair seating systems Transfer, a utilization plan for ensuring Document Format (PDF) on the Internet
and peripheral devices and, if found to that all new and improved technologies at the following site: www.ed.gov/
be viable, develop strategies for developed by this RERC are successfully legislation/FedRegister
integrating these methods into existing transferred to the marketplace; To use PDF you must have Adobe
voluntary wheelchair performance • Conduct in the third year of the Acrobat Reader, which is available free
standards; grant a state-of-the-science conference at the previous site. If you have
(e) Investigate, develop, and evaluate on wheelchair transportation and questions about using PDF, call the U.S.
integrated occupant restraint systems publish a comprehensive report on the Government Printing Office (GPO), toll
that are independent of the vehicle and final outcomes of the conference in the free, at 1–888–293–6498; or in the
easy for wheelchair-seated occupants to fourth year of the grant; Washington, DC, area at (202) 512–1530.
operate; and • Collaborate on research projects of Note: The official version of this document
(f) Investigate the use of new or mutual interest with other projects, such is published in the Federal Register. Free
existing voluntary performance as the NIDRR-funded RERC on Wheeled Internet access to the official edition of the
standards that would address problems Mobility and the Federal Transit Federal Register and the Code of Federal
associated with wheelchair-seated Administration-funded Project Action, Regulations is available on GPO Access at:
http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/index.html
occupants subjected to side and rear as identified through consultation with
impact crashes and potential benefits of the NIDRR project officer; and (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
Number: 84.133E, Rehabilitation Engineering
using integrated occupant restraint • Collaborate with relevant Federal Research Center Program)
systems, universal securement agencies responsible for the
interfaces, and after-market and administration of public laws that Dated: April 4, 2001.
customized wheelchair seating systems address access to and usability of public Andrew J. Pepin,
and peripheral devices. and private transportation for Executive Administrator for Special
In addition to the activities proposed individuals with disabilities including, Education and Rehabilitative Services.
by the applicant to carry out the but not limited to, the U.S. Department [FR Doc. 01–8722 Filed 4–9–01; 8:45 am]
purposes, the RERC must: of Transportation’s Federal Transit BILLING CODE 4000–01–P

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