The DRRC engages in education and advocacy before Congress and the Administration to ensure the federal government continues to support disability, independent living, and rehabilitation research to the greatest extent possible. Our work traditionally focuses on, but is not limited to, the National Institutes of Health, especially the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR); the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR); the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); and the Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR). We also advocate for targeted research funding in the annual congressional appropriations process and work to build support for legislative and regulatory changes to address barriers to research in these fields and improve the science of disability, independent living, and rehabilitation research.
- July 14 – Letter to Energy & Commerce Committee: Need for Collection of Disability Status Data in Equity and Public Health Legislation.
- May 26 – Letter to Congressional Appropriators: Request for FY 2022 Funding Increase to NIDILRR; Dedicated Funding for ICDR.
- May 5 – Letter to Congress: Support for “Triple A” Study Act.
- April 12 – Letter to NIH: Comments on Diversity and Inclusion Request for Information.
- March 15 – Letter to NINDS: Comments on Draft NINDS Strategic Plan for 2021-2026.
- February 19 – Letter to COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force: Summary Recommendations to Combat COVID-19 Disparities with a Comprehensive Research Agenda on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation.
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