Relevant Agencies

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This section contains information about federal entities involved in disability, independent living, and rehabilitation research, policies, and programs.  To suggest an agency or organization to this list, please contact

Administration for Children and Families (ACF)

ACF is a Federal agency funding state, territory, local, and tribal organizations to provide family assistance (welfare), child support, child care, Head Start, child welfare, and other programs relating to children and families. Administration for Children and Families (ACF)

Administration for Community Living (ACL)

ACL brings together the efforts and achievements of the Administration on Aging, the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and the HHS Office on Disability to serve as the Federal agency responsible for increasing access to community supports, while focusing attention and resources on the unique needs of older Americans and people with disabilities across the lifespan. Administration for Community Living (ACL)

Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD)

AIDD provides financial and leadership support to organizations in every state and territory in the United States to ensure that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families can fully participate in and contribute to all aspects of community life. AIDD oversees four grant programs established by the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000, oversees the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities, and administers the disability provisions of the Help America Vote Act. In each state or territory, the four grant programs form a developmental disabilities network, or DD Network. Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD)

Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ)

AHRQ's mission is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable, and to work within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as well as with other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used. AHRQ Website

Indian Health Service (IHS)

IHS is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, is responsible for providing Federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. The provision of health services to members of federally-recognized tribes grew out of the special government-to-government relationship between the Federal government and Indian tribes. Indian Health Service (IHS)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

The vision of NASA is to reach for new heights and reveal the unknown so that what we do and learn will benefit all humankind. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)

NCDB works collaboratively with families, Federal, state and local agencies to provide technical assistance, information and personnel training.NCDB brings together the resources of three agencies with long histories of expertise in the field of deaf-blindness. National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)

National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR)

NCMRR aims to foster development of scientific knowledge needed to enhance the health, productivity, independence, and quality-of-life of people with physical disabilities. NCMRR Website

National Eye Institute (NEI)

NEI was established by Congress in 1968 to protect and prolong the vision of the American people. As one of the Federal government's National Institutes of Health (NIH), the NEI conducts and supports research that helps prevent and treat eye diseases and other disorders of vision. National Eye Institute (NEI)

The National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD)

NICHD was established by President John F. Kennedy, with the support of congress, in 1962 to study the "complex process of human development from conception to old age." In pursuit of its broad mission, the NICHDconducts and supports laboratory research, clinical trials, and epidemiological studies that explore health processes; examines the impact of disabilities, diseases, and variations on the lives of individuals; and sponsors training programs for scientists, health care providers, and researchers to ensure that NICHD research can continue. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

NIDCD is a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), conducts and supports research in the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech, and language. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)

NIDILRR is the main Federal agency that supports applied research, training and development to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities. National Institute on Disability, Indpendent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

NIMH is the largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to research focused on the understanding, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders and the promotion of mental health. National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH)

National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

The mission of NINDS is to reduce the burden of neurological disease. National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

NIH, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research. National Institutes of Health (NIH)

National Science Foundation (NSF)

NSF is an independent Federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…"
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

ODEP is a sub-cabinet level policy agency in the Department of Labor that works to develop and influence policies and practices that increase the number and quality of employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)

OSERS is committed to improving results and outcomes for people with disabilities of all ages. Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)

Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

OSEP is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

Small Business Administration (SBA)

SBA is an independent agency of the federal government that works to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of the United States. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Statistics (SAMHSA), Data, Outcomes, and Quality (DOQ)

The SAMHSA Data, Outcomes, and Quality (DOQ) provides data from different surveys and data collection systems. SAMHSA

United States Access Board

The U.S. Access Board is an independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities. Access Board (link is external)

United States Army Medical Research and Material Command (USAMRMC)

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United States Department of Defense (DoD)

DoD provides military forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of the United States of America. United States Department of Defense (DoD)

United States Department of Education (ED)

ED promotes student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. United States Department of Education (ED)

United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

HHS is the U.S. government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. United States Department of Health and Human Services

United States Department of the Interior - Indian Affairs (IA)

IA is the oldest bureau of the United States Department of the Interior. The mission is to “enhance the quality, to promote economic opportunity, and to carry out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes, and Alaska Natives.” Indian Affairs (IA)

United States Department of Transportation (DoT)

The mission of DoT is to serve the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future. United States Department of Transportation (DoT) 

United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

The mission of the VA is to fulfill President Lincoln’s promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans. United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

United States Government

The US Government website allows you to search for different government agencies. Federal Agency Websites (All)