Authorized by the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, as amended, the Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR) was established to promote coordination and collaboration among federal departments and agencies conducting disability, independent living, and rehabilitation research programs—including programs related to assistive technology research, and research that incorporates the principles of universal design.
The ICDR is charged to
To promote coordination and cooperation among federal departments and agencies conducting disability, independent living, and rehabilitation research programs including programs relating to assistive
technology research and research that incorporates the principles of universal design.
The ICDR will be widely recognized for facilitating and coordinating
federal interagency efforts, and for promoting collaborative relationships that maximize the best use of federal resources for disability,
independent living, and rehabilitation research.
The ICDR Executive Committee (EC) serves as the administrative body for the coordination and collaboration of disability, independent living, and rehabilitation research. The EC is comprised of the members identified in the ICDR’s authorizing legislation, and such members as the President may designate, including the following (or their designees):
The ICDR niche is broad. It may include all types of research that address physical and mental function, rehabilitative services and technology, as well as social and community integration, and independent living (IL). It addresses all types of disabilities and chronic conditions. The ICDR currently maintains the following five working groups:
The ICDR invites the participation of individuals across all levels of the federal government, as well as stakeholders with diverse interests and perspectives including policymakers, representatives from federal agencies, individuals with disabilities, organizations representing individuals with disabilities, researchers, and providers. Participants may have the opportunity to:
ICDR leadership encourages federal employees to become designated ICDR members and authorized representatives of their department, agency, or office. Members facilitate communications between the leadership and its partners, as well as garner support for the ICDR agenda and other collaborative activities related to disability, independent living, and rehabilitation research. If you would like to represent your department, agency, or office, please contact ICDRinfo@neweditions.net for more information.
Last Modified: 11/17/2023