Summary: H.R.6820 — 97th Congress (1981-1982)All Information (Except Text)

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Reported to House with amendment(s) (12/09/1982)

(Reported to House from the Committee on Education and Labor with amendment, H. Rept. 97-950)

Handicapped Individuals Services and Training Act - Title I: Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults - Establishes a Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults to: (1) provide specialized intensive services for deaf-blind persons; (2) train personnel to provide such services; and (3) conduct applied research, development, and demonstrations relating to communication techniques, teaching methods, aids, and devices, and delivery of services.

Requires an annual audit of the Center. Directs the Secretary of Education to ensure that: (1) Center Service and training programs are monitored regularly; and (2) Center operation is evaluated annually, with written reports to the President and the Congress submitted by specified deadlines.

Authorizes appropriations for FY 1984 and succeeding fiscal years for Center operation and maintenance, in accordance with guidelines or regulations prescribed by the Secretary.

Title II: Vinland National Center for Healthsports and Physical Fitness for Handicapped Individuals - Establishes the Vinland National Center for Healthsports and Physical Fitness for Handicapped Individuals to: (1) provide training for handicapped individuals and training and technical assistance for the establishment of healthsport and physical fitness activities and programs for the handicapped in States and local communities; and (2) conduct basic and applied research and collect and disseminate information relating to healthsports and physical fitness.

Directs the Center to establish a National Advisory Panel on Healthsports and Physical Fitness for Handicapped Individuals. Exempts the Panel from the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

Sets forth provisions concerning: (1) Center construction and program plans and reports; (2) Center expenditures from non-Federal support; (3) limits on the Center's use of funds; and (4) auditing of the Center's records and monitoring and evaluation of its activities.

Directs the Secretary of Education, acting through the Commissioner of Rehabilitation Services Administration, to administer the provisions of this title.

Authorizes appropriations to carry out this title for FY 1984 through 1988.

Title III: Regional Postsecondary Educational Programs - Authorizes the Secretary to make grants to, and contracts with, four institutions of higher education and appropriate nonprofit education agencies for the purpose of: (1) establishing and maintaining regional programs of academic, vocational, and supportive education services for deaf students and for graduate occupational placement; and (2) developing model postsecondary programs for serving handicapped (other than deaf) individuals.

Directs the Secretary to give priority to programs: (1) serving multistate regions or large population centers; (2) adapting existing programs of vocational, technical, postsecondary, or adult education to the special needs of handicapped individuals; (3) designed to serve areas where a need for such services is clearly demonstrated; and (4) that have demonstrated proven effectiveness.

Sets forth provisions for the auditing, monitoring, and continuing evaluation of each program assisted under this title.

Directs the Secretary, acting through the Director of Special Education Programs, to administer the provisions of this title.

Authorizes appropriations to carry out this title for FY 1984 through 1988. Sets forth formulas for allotment of such funds.

Title IV: Captioned Media and Related Services for Deaf and Other Handicapped Individuals - Directs the Secretary to establish a loan service of captioned films and educational media for handicapped individuals, their parents, and others directly involved in activities for the advancement of the handicapped. Authorizes the Secretary to: (1) acquire such films, educational media, and equipment; (2) provide, by grant or contract, for film captioning, for distribution of media and equipment to State schools and other appropriate local or regional agencies, for production and distribution of such media, and for research and training in their use; (3) utilize other governmental agencies' facilities and services; and (4) accept gifts, contributions, and voluntary and uncompensated services of individuals and organizations.

Directs the Secretary, acting through the Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, to administer the provisions of this title.

Authorizes appropriations for the provision of services under this title for FY 1984 and succeeding fiscal years.

Title V: General Provisions - Sets forth definitions under this Act and this Act's effect on specified provisions of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Education of the Handicapped Act.