Other Interagency Activities

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Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative (ATTRI)

This is a joint U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) initiative, co-led by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA), with support from the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office (JPO) and other Federal partners. ATTRI conducts research to improve the mobility of travelers with disabilities through the use of ITS and other advanced technologies, and leads leads the research and development of solutions to effectively plan the personal and independent travel of people with disabilities.

ATTRI Presentation

Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN Initiative)

The BRAIN Initiative is a large-scale effort to equip researchers with fundamental insights necessary for treating a wide variety of brain disorders like Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury. Five federal agencies: NIH, NSF, FDA, DARPA, and Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA).

NIH Component of the Brain Initiative

NSF Component of the BRAIN Initiative

Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility

Report to the President Human Service Transportation Coordination, Executive Order 13330

President Bush issued an Executive Order on Human Service Transportation in February 2004 that directed Federal agencies and departments to work together to ensure that transportation services are comprehensive and accessible for all. The federal Interagency Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility (CCAM) released its report to the President on how to coordinate human service transportation in order to meet fundamental needs in today's society, as well as the CCAM members' action plans and five recommendations.

Interagency Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility

Curb Cuts to the Middle Class Initiative

The "Curb Cuts Initiative" is a Federal cross-agency effort working to increase equal employment opportunities and financial independence for individuals with disabilities, with a particular emphasis on individuals with significant disabilities.

Curb Cuts Initiative Website

Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Interagency Coordinating Committee

This coordinating committee's mission is to facilitate the sharing of information concerning the efforts of Federal agencies in deafness and other communication disorders, specifically the seven scientific areas of human communication, and to foster collaboration among Federal agencies.

Diabetes Mellitus Interagency Coordinating Committee (DMICC)

Originally mandated by Public Law 93-354 and established in 1974, the Diabetes Mellitus Interagency Coordinating Committee (DMICC) is chaired by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and includes other members of the Department of Health and Human Services and other Federal agencies that support diabetes-related activities. ​The DMICC facilitates cooperation, communication, and collaboration on diabetes among these government entities.

DMICC Website

Disability Employment Initiative (DEI)

ODEP jointly funds and administers the DEI with DOL's Employment and Training Administration to improve education, training and employment opportunities, as well as outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits.

DEI Website

Down Syndrome Consortium

This consortium meets two to three times each year to discuss research findings and progress toward achieving research, management, infrastructure, and other goals set out by NIH after consultation with national organizations and agencies interested in Down syndrome.

Down Syndrome Consortium Website

Down Syndrome Directions: NIH Research Plan on Down Syndrome 2014

Employment First

Employment First is a national movement promoting integrated, community-based employment as the first choice for people with significant disabilities.ODEP supports an Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program and an Employment First Community of Practice.

Employment First Website

Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST

Sponsored by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Fair Housing FIRST is designed to promote compliance with the Fair Housing Act design and construction requirements.

Fair Housing Website

Federal Forum on Aging Related Statistics

The Federal Forum on Aging Related Statistics brings Federal agencies together to improve aging-related statistics. The specific goals of the Forum are to improve both the quality and use of data on the aging population.

Federal Forum on Aging Related Statistics Website

Federal Healthy & Ready To Work (HRTW) Interagency Workgroup

Established to improve coordination among Federal/state agencies and advocacy groups in supporting youth with disabilities in transition to work independence.

Health People 20/20 (HP2020)

Health People is a 10-year agenda, produced by the U.S. Health and Human Services, created to improve the Nation's overall health. Health People 20/20 strives to: identify nationwide health improvement priorities, increase public awareness and understanding of the determinants of health, disease, and disability and the opportunities for progress, and provide measurable objectives and goals that are applicable at the national, state, and local levels.

HP2020 Website

HHS Initiative on Multiple Chronic Conditions

This initiative supports a large number of programs to prevent and manage multiple chronic conditions.

HHS Initiative on Multiple Chronic Conditions Website

Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC)

The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) is a Federal advisory committee that coordinates all efforts within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) concerning autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Through its inclusion of both Federal and public members, the IACC helps to ensure that a wide range of ideas and perspectives are represented and discussed in a public forum.

IACC Website

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Interagency Collaborative to Advance Research in Epilepsy (ICARE)

This group's annual meeting is a forum for sharing information about ongoing and planned epilepsy research activities; highlighting advances and discussing needs and opportunities; and promoting increased collaboration toward common research goals.

ICARE Website

Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC)

This committee, established under the Affordable Care Act, is charged with developing a summary of advances in pain care research supported or conducted by Federal agencies relevant to the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of pain and diseases associated with pain.

IPRCC Website

Interagency Working Group on Neuroscience

This group coordinates activities in neuroscience research across the Federal government with a focus on the fundamental understanding of learning, brain development and plasticity, and brain health and recovery. They re-chartered in 2015.

Leadership for the Employment of Americans with Disabilities (LEAD Initiative)

The goal for this initiative is to significantly increase the population of individuals with severe disabilities employed by the federal government.

LEAD Initiative Website

Muscular Dystrophy Coordinating Committee (MDCC)

The Muscular Dystrophy Community Assistance, Research and Education Amendments of 2001 ("MD-CARE Act"; P.L. 107-84) authorized the establishment of the MDCC to coordinate activities across the NIH and with other Federal health programs and activities relevant to the various forms of muscular dystrophy (MD).

MDCC Website

National Robotics Initiative (NRI)

This initiative focuses on developing robots that work with or beside people to extend or augment human capabilities. Five agencies: DOD, NSF, NIH, NASA, Department of Agriculture.

BRAIN Initiative Website

National Robotics Initiative Overview

Speech: Supporting the President’s National Robotics Initiative

NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research

The Blueprint for Neuroscience Research is a cooperative effort among the 15 NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices that support neuroscience research.

NIH Blueprint Website

NIMH Early Psychosis Prediction and Prevention Initiative (EP3)

NIMH's (EP3) works to accelerate research on detecting risk states for psychotic disorders, preventing the onset of psychosis in high risk individuals, and improving clinical and functional outcomes among persons in the earliest stages of serious mental illnesses.

NIMH Website

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)/Trauma Brain Injury (TBI) Workgroup

This HHS-derived workgroup is a joint effort of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Strokes (NINDS), who work closely with the VA and DOD to address the problems of PTSD, TBI, and service-related suicide.

PTSD/TBI Workgroup Website

President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID)

The mission of PCPID is to provide advice and assistance to the President of the United States and the Secretary of Health and Human Services on a broad range of topics that impact people with intellectual disabilities and the field of intellectual disabilities. Undergirding the Committee’s mission is the goal to improve the quality of life that is experienced by people with intellectual disabilities, by upholding their full citizenship rights, independence, self-determination, and life-long participation in their respective communities.

PCPID Website

Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE Program)

The PROMISE program is an interagency collaboration of the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Labor and the Social Security Administration. State agencies have partnered to develop and implement model demonstration projects that provide coordinated services and supports designed to improve the education and career outcomes of children with disabilities receiving SSI, including services and supports to their families.

PROMISE Program Website

Public Health Action Plan to Integrate Mental Health Promotion and Mental Illness Prevention with Chronic Disease Prevention, 2011 - 2015

The purpose of this Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) action plan is to focus on mental health (MH) promotion and mental illness (MI) prevention as it relates to chronic disease prevention. Strategy 2 calls for supporting research into determinants and protective factors of MH, antecedents, and risk factors for MI, and their relationships to chronic diseases.

Public Health Action Plan PDF

White House Neuroscience Initiative

This initiative encompasses a variety of government neuroscience programs, including the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease; BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative; and Neuroethics: Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, among other disability-related initiatives.

Neuroscience Research Hearing Written Statement