National Council on Disability

NCD is an independent federal agency charged with advising the President, Congress, and other federal agencies regarding policies, programs, practices, and procedures that affect people with disabilities.

NCD is comprised of a team of Presidential and Congressional appointees, an Executive Director
and a full-time professional staff.

NCD fulfills its advisory roles regarding disability policies, programs, procedures, and practices that enhance equal opportunity by: Convening stakeholders to acquire timely and relevant input for recommendations and action steps; Gathering and analyzing data and other information; Engaging and influencing current debates and agendas; Identifying and formulating solutions to emerging and long-standing challenges; and providing tools to facilitate effective implementation.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Mental Health on Services on College Campuses; Individuals with Disabilities Act Report series; Sexual Assault of Students with Disabilities on College Campuses; Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in U.S.

Foreign Programs; Annual report: Technology and Persons with Disabilities.

Fiscal Year 2017: Annual Report: Poverty and Disability.

Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Agency - National Council On Disability
Website Address

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: January 19, 2016 Implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA): A Roadmap for People with Disabilities January 26, 2016 The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on People with Disabilities: A 2015 Status Report February 2, 2016 Monitoring and Enforcing the Affordable Care Act for People with Disabilities February 23, 2016 NCD Letter to Vice President Biden about the Marrakesh Treaty March 7, 2016 Medicaid Managed Care Community Forums: Final Report April 28, 2016 NCD Letter to Treasury Secretary about Including Accessibility in New Dollar Bills May 17, 2016 NCD Letter To CMS Regarding Proposed Part B Drug Payment Model June 21, 2016 NCD Letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Regarding Senate Mental Health Legislation July 11, 2016 NCD Letter to SSA Regarding Proposed Rule Titled 'Implementation of the NICS Improvements Act of 2007 (NIAA)? July 11, 2016 NCD Letter to House Judiciary Committee on the ?ADA Education and Reform Act of 2015? August 30, 2016 NCD Statement Regarding the Zika Virus August 31, 2016 NCD Letter to Solicitor General Regarding Pending Motion on Accessible Currency before U.S. District Court September 13, 2016 Letter from Current and Past NCD Chairs on ADA Notification Legislation (H.R. 3765) October 7, 2016 National Disability Policy: A Progress Report - October 2016 October 7, 2016 NCD Letter to DOJ Regarding Web Accessibility NPRM December 27, 2016 NCD Letter to Treasury Regarding Tax Debt of Discharged Loans of Borrowers with Disabilities. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

To research and produce reports on national disability policy.

For cooperative agreements to research and produce reports on national disability policy.

Funds are available dependent on budget approval.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

NCD enters into cooperative agreements to research and produce reports on disability policy to advise the White House, Congress, Federal agencies, and to inform the general public.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The White House, Congress, Federal agencies, and the general public will benefit.


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program.

Award Procedures

Applicants must submit a proposal that meets the requirements set out in solicitations posted on and Proposals are reviewed and scored by NCD and by external experts in the topic area of the solicitation.


Not Applicable.


The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 , Public Law 93-112, 29 U.S.C 780, as amended by Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Public Law 113-128.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Generally, cooperative agreements are for a one-year period, but may be shorter depending on the complexity of the project. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Payments are based on receipt of deliverables.

Post Assistance Requirements


Framing paper, progressive drafts, and final report.

No cash reports are required.

Monthly progress/activities.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


Not Applicable.


No Data Available.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Direct Payments for Specified Use (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 16 $605,000; FY 17 est $200,000; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Usually for one-year cooperative agreements.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Ana Torres-Davis 1331 F Street, N.W. Suite 850, Washington, District of Columbia 20004 Email: Phone: (202) 272-2019

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals are chosen after a review by NCD staff and external experts in the topic area. Proposals are scored on criteria including: understanding of the issue, approach and procedural plan, organizational experience, and budget.

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