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H.R. 2339 (103rd): Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act Amendments of 1994


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2/8/1994--House agreed to Senate amendment with amendment. TABLE OF CONTENTS: Title I: Grants to States Title II: Programs of National Significance Title III: Alternative Financing Mechanisms Title IV: Amendments to Other Acts Title V: Effective Date Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act Amendments of 1994 - Title I: Grants to States - Amends the Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988 (Act) to authorize States to use grants for the following system assistive technology change and advocacy activities: (1) model systems and alternative State-financed systems; (2) interagency coordination; (3) outreach; (4) State payment of expenses; (5) State needs assessment; (6) public awareness programs; (7) training and technical assistance; (8) program data compilation and evaluation; (9) public access to technology-related information; (10) interstate activities; (11) public-private initiatives; and (12) advocacy and other services. (Sec. 102) Amends development grant provisions to: (1) repeal first and second year grant limits; and (2) require the designation of a State lead agency. (Sec. 103) Amends extension grant provisions to authorize a second extension grant of up to five years. (Sec. 104) Requires State progress reports to document development and implementation of consumer-responsive statewide technology-related assistance. (Sec. 105) Revises onsite inspection requirements. Requires the Governor of a State subject to a corrective action plan to appoint a monitoring panel. Terminates funding for failure to appoint such panel. Authorizes a panel to recommend redesignation of a State lead agency. Provides for the change of an entity providing required protection and advocacy services for the disabled upon a determination of failure to provide such services. Establishes an October 1, 1995, deadline for the Interagency Disability Coordinating Council to respond to a specified study. (Sec. 106) Authorizes appropriations through FY 1996, with reservations for specified information and technical assistance and onsite visits. Title II: Programs of National Significance - Amends the Act to require the Secretary of Education in FY 1995 to develop a national classification system for assistive technology devices and services. Reserves specified funds for such system. (Sec. 202) Directs the Secretary to make grants and enter into contracts for technology training and demonstration projects, including grants to prepare students for technology careers and to historically black colleges. Directs the Secretary to enter into agreements for: (1) technology transfer; and (2) device and equipment redistribution. Authorizes the Secretary to make grants for: (1) business opportunities for disabled individuals in assistive technology or service enterprises; and (2) research and design of products of universal design. Authorizes appropriations through FY 1998. Title III: Alternative Financing Mechanisms - Amends the Act to direct the Secretary to provide grants to States to pay for the 50 percent Federal share of the cost of establishing alternative financing mechanisms (such as loans, loan insurance, revolving funds, or partnerships) to enable disabled individuals to obtain assistive technology. Limits a grant to $500,000 (unless otherwise increased). Directs the Secretary to provide States with technical assistance. Authorizes appropriations through FY 1998. Title IV: Amendments of Other Acts - Amends the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to authorize personnel training grants to be used for assistive technology and services training. (Sec. 403) Amends the Head Start Act to suspend certain proceedings with respect to facility purchases. Title V: Effective Date - Makes the provisions of this Act effective upon enactment, with specified exceptions.