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rehabilitation science and engineering but it would also provide training to caregivers and would bring scientists and engineers with disabling conditions into the field of rehabilitation-related research.
Allied Health and Engineering This branch would provide funding for training in sciences and engineering necessary for conducting research in rehabilitation-related topics that are not covered by NIH training programs. Support would be provided for early career development, midcareer transition and later career special summary projects. Several areas of research that have received little support for training personnel to conduct research would be funded by this branch (see Chapter 9).
Services Training A second branch within this division would provide training funds for professional development for those who provide service to people with disabling conditions. These professions include but are not limited to Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Psychology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, rehabilitation nursing, orthotics, and prosthetics. Additional efforts should be made to expand this program to train personal assistance providers, urban planners, architects, environmental specialists, lawyers, tax consultants, and other professionals who are beginning to develop programs for enhancing the lives of people with potentially disabling conditions.
Recruitment of Scientists with Potentially Disabling Conditions The third branch of this division would provide funding for training people with potentially disabling conditions and their families in the skills needed to understand, conduct, and participate in research. The funds would be provided as training supplements to existing grants, targeted fellowships, specialized career development grants, and small grants to advocacy organizations for short-term training in understanding and using research findings.
Information Integration and Dissemination DivisionInformation Integration A one-time contract would be awarded to integrate the existing literature databases and to develop links to and from existing databases (e.g., NARIC, ERIC, and MEDLINE). The award would be in the range of $1 million to $2 million. The information division staff would then maintain the system.
Dissemination Information dissemination activities would be managed through this division. This would include making existing data accessible to the public, and the information would include publications