Peer-to-Peer - Let’s Talk About Strategies for this New Disability Innovation Fund (DIF): Pathways to Partnerships (1 Hour)

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About the discussion

Sandra Breitengross Bitter, Paula McElwee with ILRU and Jill Jacobs, and Erica McFadden with ACL held a round table discussion with independent living center staff and staff from statewide independent living councils. The discussion addressed the big pot of money available to the Department of Education or Department of Rehabilitation in your state, where CILs are required as partners for youth transition activities in schools. The new grants are for five years and funding - all five years - is up front. These are demonstration projects, so recipients are expected to be creative and break the current mold.

View the discussion (00:57:10)

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For more information on this historical funding opportunity visit Disability Innovation Fund, Pathways to Partnerships Innovative Model Demonstration Project (84.421E). For questions, email Cassandra Shoffler, U.S. Department of Education at