2016 Report to the President and Congress

The Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR) is a coordinating group of federal department and agency representatives funding disability, independent living, and rehabilitation research. Authorized by the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA; see Appendix A), the ICDR promotes 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.

This annual report will detail the activities of the ICDR during FY 2016. The ICDR devoted much of its efforts in FY 2016 to the continued development of the government-wide strategic plan required by WIOA, as well as soliciting key stakeholder feedback on the plan’s overall content, goals, and objectives. Efforts to develop the government-wide plan continued to capitalize on potential interagency synergies and reflected the priorities of the WIOA-defined stakeholders: policymakers, representatives from other federal agencies conducting relevant research, individuals with disabilities, organizations representing individuals with disabilities, researchers, and providers. During FY 2016, the ICDR hosted a number of meetings, webinars, and teleconferences related to developing the government-wide strategic plan to promote coordination, collaboration, and partnerships.