[Federal Register Volume 59, Number 84 (Tuesday, May 3, 1994)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 94-10554]

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[Federal Register: May 3, 1994]


[CFDA No.: 84.246C]


Braille Training Program; Notice Inviting Applications For New 
Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 1994

    Purpose of Program: To pay all or part of the cost of training in 
the use of braille for personnel providing vocational rehabilitation 
services or educational services to youth and adults who are blind. 
This program will provide support to establish or to continue projects 
that develop braille training materials and provide in-service or pre-
service training in the use of braille and methods of teaching braille.
    Eligible Applicants: State agencies and public or nonprofit 
agencies and organizations, including institutions of higher education.

Supplementary Information: The Braille Training Program is authorized 
under Title VIII of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (the 
Act) (29 U.S.C. 760-762).
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: June 29, 1994.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: August 29, 1994.
    Applications Available: May 11, 1994.
    Available Funds: $400,000.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $180,000-$210,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $200,000.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 2.

    Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this 

    Project Period: Up to 36 months.
    Applicable Regulations: The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR Parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 
81, 82, 85, and 86.

Statutory Requirements

    The statutory requirements in section 21(b)(6), section 302(a), 
with the exception of the first sentence, sections 302(b) and (c), 
paragraphs (1) and (2) of section 302(g), section 306, and section 
803(b) apply to this program.


    Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(1) the Secretary is particularly interested 
in applications that meet one or more of the following invitational 
priorities. However, an application that meets one or more of these 
invitational priorities does not receive competitive or absolute 
preference over other applications:

Invitational Priorities

    (1) Training approaches that will recruit and train minority and 
underrepresented groups, including individuals for whom English is a 
second language.
    (2) Training in the braille codes used for mathematics (Nemeth 
code) and music.

Selection Criteria

    In evaluating applications for grants under this competition, the 
Secretary uses the EDGAR selection criteria in 34 CFR 75.210.
    The regulations in 34 CFR 75.210 provide that the Secretary may 
award up to 100 points for the selection criteria, including a reserved 
15 points. For this competition, the Secretary distributes the 
additional 15 points as follows:
    Plan of operation (34 CFR 75.210(b)(3)). Fifteen points are added 
to this criterion for a possible total of 30 points.
    For Applications: Telephone (202) 205-9343. Individuals who use a 
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 
p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday.
    Information about the Department's funding opportunities, including 
copies of application notices for discretionary grant competitions, can 
be viewed on the Department's electronic bulletin board (ED Board), 
telephone (202) 260-9950; or on the Internet Gopher Server at 
GOPHER.ED.GOV (under Announcements, Bulletins, and Press Releases). 
However, the official application notice for a discretionary grant 
competition is the notice published in the Federal Register.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Bob Werner, U.S. Department of Education, 400 
Maryland Avenue, SW., room 3322 Switzer Building, Washington, DC. 
20202-2649. Telephone (202) 205-8291.

    Program Authority: 29 U.S.C. 774.

    Dated: April 28, 1994.
Howard R. Moses,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative 
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