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U.S. Department of Education: Braille Training Program Grants

Deadline: July 1, 2019

The Braille Training program offers financial assistance to projects that will provide training in the use of braille for personnel providing vocational rehabilitation services or educational services to youth and adults who are blind, develop braille training materials, develop methods used to teach braille, and develop activities used to promote the knowledge and use of braille and non-visual access technology for youth and adults who are blind. The absolute and invitational priorities align with supplemental priorities to encourage applicants to meet the unique needs of students and children with disabilities by ensuring coursework, books, or other materials are accessible to children or students who are blind; promoting science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) education by ensuring braille instructors are able to teach mathematical and scientific braille notations; working with schools, municipal libraries, or other partners to expand access to digital learning resources to a greater number of children or students who are blind; and promoting literacy through the use of braille to meet the employment and independent living needs of adults. Further, the priorities support States in their work to raise expectations and improve outcomes for individuals with disabilities, in this case individuals who are blind, by demonstrating a commitment to high expectations for each individual with a disability and by engaging with individuals who are blind, their families, and other stakeholders through meaningful and effective collaboration.

The absolute priority is: Braille Training Program. Under this priority, grants will be provided for the establishment or continuation of projects that provide:

  1. Development of braille training materials
  2. In-service or pre-service training in the use of braille, the importance of braille literacy, and methods of teaching braille to youth and adults who are blind
  3. Activities to promote knowledge and use of braille and non-visual access technology for blind youth and adults through a program of training, demonstration, and evaluation conducted with leadership of experienced blind individuals, including the use of comprehensive, state-of-the-art technology

Invitational priorities are:

  • Invitational Priority 1: Braille Instruction to Transition-age Students and Youth
  • Invitational Priority 2: Braille Training in the STEM Subjects

Amount: A total of $345,000 is available to make up to three awards that range up to $115,000 each. The project period is up to 60 months.

Eligibility: States and public or nonprofit agencies and organizations, including institutions of higher education.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=316506

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