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.
- November 21 – Letter to NIDILRR: Preliminary Input on NIDILRR Long-Range Plan, 2024-2028
- June 3 – Letter to NIH: Recommendations for Implementing the COSWD Strategic Plan from a Disability Perspective.
- April 18 – Letter to ACL: Comments on Proposed Rule for NIDILRR Peer Review Criteria.
- April 7 – Letter to NIH/AHRQ: Designating People with Disabilities as a Health Disparity Population.
- April 1 – Letter to NIH: Comments on NIH-Wide Strategic Plan Framework on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility.
- February 17 – Letter to Ways & Means Health Subcommittee: Statement for the Record on Bridging Health Equity Gaps for People with Disabilities.
- February 10 – Letter to NIH: Comments on Draft Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity Strategic Plan, FY 2022-2026.
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