May 7, 2013 — The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) has issued a notice of proposed priority [FR Doc No: 2013-10833] for a Rehabilitation Research Training Center (RRTC) Program on Disability in Rural Areas. The notice highlights that people with disabilities comprise an estimated 13.2 percent of rural populations, as compared to 11.6 percent in urban areas. In addition, rural areas pose challenges such as geographic isolation which is often coupled with “less access to public transportation, employment and educational opportunities, health networks and health care providers,” and broadband connections. The notice further notes that further research is needed concerning people with disabilities in rural areas specifically relating to “programs and interventions that can lead to improved employment, health and function, and community living and participation.” Comments on this priority are due June 6, 2103.
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