Special Education Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities

The purpose of the Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities program is to promote academic achievement and to improve results for children with disabilities by providing technical assistance (TA), supporting model demonstration projects, disseminating
useful information, and implementing activities that are supported by scientifically based research.

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Trustees Of Boston University $ 1,867,262   2021-11-012023-12-31
University Of Kansas Center For Research, Inc. $ 1,599,859   2019-01-012023-12-31
Vanderbilt University Medical Center $ 1,097,295   2018-10-152023-12-31
Board Of Regents Of The University Of Nebraska $ 1,199,995   2020-10-012023-10-31
University Of Houston System $ 1,589,015   2020-01-012023-10-31
University Of California, Los Angeles $ 1,551,965   2020-01-012023-10-31
American Institutes For Research In The Behavioral Sciences $ 7,998,769   2019-11-012023-10-31
Public Instruction, Wisconsin Dept Of $ 839,970   2019-01-012023-10-31
Colorado State Board Of Education $ 788,720   2018-10-152023-10-14
Utah State Board Of Education $ 552,235   2018-10-152023-10-14

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: The Fiscal Year 2018 ? President?s Budget Request identifies recent accomplishments for this program. https://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/budget18/justifications/h-specialed.pdf. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds must be used to support the objectives of the program.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), public charter schools that are LEAs under State law, institutions of higher education (IHEs), other public agencies, private nonprofit organizations, outlying areas, freely associated States, Indian tribes or tribal organizations, and, if approved by the Secretary, for-profit organizations.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Infants, toddlers, children, and other individuals with disabilities, their families as well as practitioners and service providers benefit from this program.


2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applications must be prepared and submitted according to requirements outlined in the notice inviting applications, as published in the Federal Register.

Award Procedures

Applications are reviewed and evaluated by outside experts and program staff, in accordance with the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) (34 CFR 75, Subpart D).


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as amended, Part D, Subpart 2, Section 663.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days. Application deadlines are identified in the notice inviting applications, published in the Federal Register.


Not Applicable.


As required by EDGAR, awards may be renewed annually for up to five years throughout the project period of the award if the recipient has made substantial progress in meeting the goals of the project, depending upon the availability of appropriations. (See 34 CFR 75.253).

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: The Department may require a recipient of a grant, contract, or cooperative agreement to share in the cost of a project. (See 20 U.S.C. 1482 (a)(2)(A).). MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Typically from one to five years; subject to the availability of appropriations. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.

Post Assistance Requirements


Grantees must submit an annual performance report (APR) as required under EDGAR 34 CFR 74.50.

Final reports shall be made at the end of the project period.

Cash reports are not applicable.

.Progress reports: Report requirements will be included in grant award documents.

Expenditure reports: Report requirements will be included in grant award documents.

Performance monitoring: Report requirements will be included in grant award documents.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


As required by EDGAR, the grantee shall maintain accounts, records, and other evidence pertaining to grant funds, compliance and performance, as well as other records to facilitate an effective audit, as stated in grant or contract terms and conditions. Generally, records related to grant funds, compliance, and performance must be maintained for a period of five years after completion. (34 CFR 75.730-732).

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants (Capacity Building and Complaint Processing, Training)) FY 16 $44,345,000; FY 17 est $44,345,000; and FY 18 est $44,345,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The range and average vary by competition.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The administration of the discretionary grant program is governed by: the statute; the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) (34 CFR 75, 77, 79, 81, 82, 84, 86, 97, 98, and 99); OMB Guidelines to Agencies on Governmentwide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement) in 2 CFR 180, as adopted and amended as regulations of the Department in 2 CFR part 3485; and by the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards in 2 CFR 200, as adopted in 2 CFR part 3474.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Tina Diamond Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, Room 5136, Potomac Center Plaza, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., , Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: tina.diamond@ed.gov Phone: (202) 245-6674

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria for selecting among grant applications will normally be selected from those in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), 34 CFR Part 75.210, and announced in the application package or the application notice in the Federal Register.

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