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Funding Opportunity Number:
Aug 02, 2012
Aug 02, 2012
Original Closing Date for Applications:
Aug 31, 2012
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Aug 31, 2012
Sep 30, 2012
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Employment, Labor and Training
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Disability Employment Policy Development
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
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III. ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION AND OTHER COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT SPECIFICATIONS
A. Eligible Applicants
The applicant must have demonstrated capacity to successfully operate federal or other grants of this size and scope. Eligible applicants must be either individual nonprofits having a 501(c) (3) status with the IRS; public or private institutions of higher education; or for-profit entities including small businesses, or alternatively a consortium comprised of any combination of the above.
According to section 18 of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, an organization, as described in section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, that engages in lobbying activities will not be eligible for the receipt of federal funds constituting an award, grant, or loan. See 2 U.S.C. §1611; 26 U.S.C. §501(c)(4). Funding restrictions apply.
Summary: The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), announces the availability of approximately $950,000 to fund a cooperative agreement to develop and operate the Accessible Technology Action Center (ATAC), a new national resource to facilitate and promote the use of accessible technology in the hiring, employment, retention, and career advancement of individuals with disabilities.
DOL is using this funding to strategically (1) develop, coordinate and publicize resources on accessible technology in the workplace; (2) promote effective employer practices and strategies on accessible technology issues in the workplace related to leadership, self-assessment, policies and practices, infrastructure, and continuous improvement; (3) facilitate policy advancement on specific issues facing employers, developers, and the technology industry related to ensuring accessible, usable and interoperable technology in all types of work settings; and (4) translate that policy knowledge into adoption and implementation.
The tasks to be carried out by the Accessible Technology Action Center include, but are not limited to the following:
 Developing and maintaining a comprehensive web portal with resources related to accessible technology in the workplace, including resources that meet the varied needs of individuals with disabilities, private and public sector employers, and information technology professionals and developers.
 Conducting trainings/webinars on issues related to accessible technology in the workplace, including use of emerging technologies to facilitate employment and creating accessible human resource management systems (e.g., accessible online job application portals).
 Collecting, analyzing and publicizing exemplary practices related to accessible technology in the workplace through collaboration with public and private sector employers.
 Conducting outreach and establishing and maintaining strategic partnerships and effective working collaborations with outside entities with the goal of sharing knowledge and promoting the adoption and implementation of policies and effective practices related to accessible technology in the workplace.
Funding of $950,000 will be awarded through a competitive process for a 12-month period of performance, with the possibility of up to four (4) option years of funding depending on the availability of funds and satisfactory performance.
This solicitation provides background information, describes the application submission requirements, outlines the process that eligible entities must use to apply for funds covered by this solicitation, and outlines the evaluation criteria used as a basis for selecting the grantee.
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