The Administration on Disabilities (AoD) at the Administration for Community Living (ACL) is announcing a new funding opportunity for "Community-Based Transition Partnership Planning Grants".
Transition services and supports currently offered to youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) by school systems and health systems can be both difficult to understand and navigate. Improvements in the transition process and services are needed to enhance coordination of supports across a wide range of services including health care, social supports, leisure, career guidance, housing, education, financial literacy, and employment to better support youth and adults transitioning to community living.
For decades, University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service (UCEDDs) have trained university students, practicing professionals, direct service providers, and policy makers in meeting the needs of individuals of all ages with ID/DD. Additionally, UCEDDs work on the issue of transition for youth and adults with ID/D. They are experienced at working with nonprofit, community-based service provider organizations. UCEDDs are in a unique position to advance promising practices leading to better transition experiences for youth and adults with ID/DD.
ACL seeks to fund up to 10 planning grants for existing UCEDDs to convene partnerships in states that will develop plans to ensure community integration, through the creation of sustainable, high quality, community-based transition pilots, for youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD). With this additional funding, UCEDDs will be able to improve transition practices.
Please note: Entities eligible to apply for funds under this funding opportunity announcement are the 67 current AoD grantees that are designated University Centers of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. Applications from other entities not designated as a current UCEDD by 2019 will not be reviewed.
Please visit the link above for more details about the grant opportunity and application process. This grant opportunity closes on June 29, 2020.