Special Education

Focusing Federal Dollars in Disability Research

By Christina A. Samuels — April 08, 2009 1 min read

I love it when the federal government gets all 21st-century on us.

The federally-mandated Interagency Committee on Disability Research is charged with developing an agenda to guide how our government’s research dollars are spent in this area. And, they want to hear from you! So for the first time, they’ve created a web-based interface to collect comments.

After you create an account, you can offer your comments through the web portal until April 17. The committee is seeking comments on these issues :


  • Collaboration and coordination among federal agencies;
  • Health information technology and/or electronic health records;
  • Health disparities;
  • Health promotion in the workplace;
  • Employment and health; and
  • Other critical research issues.

Then, from April 22 through the 29th, you can vote for the top 10 comments to be included in the committee’s report. This crowdsourcing is the same way President Obama chose questions during his “virtual town hall” meeting March 29.

If you leave comments on the committee website, feel free to share them here as well. I’m interested in knowing what direction you would have federal research take.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the On Special Education blog.