CDC Directors' office level. Like minority health and women's health, disability and rehabilitation-related research is a cross-cutting area that transcends definition at the Center level. Placement within the CDC Director's office would afford rehabilitation science and engineering the visibility that it deserves and help to ensure that these issues would be integrated into all programmatic activities.
By moving NIDRR to create ADRR, the federal government would take a very important step in enhancing the productivity, relevance, and coordination of the programs which support rehabilitation research. Each of the current programs provides vital information for various communities of people with disabling conditions, but heightened visibility of the individual programs would enhance their effectiveness. By augmenting the current research efforts, strengthening the efforts in coordination, and magnifying visibility, federal research efforts should become more productive and relevant. The following chapter describes the committee's overarching recommendations for improving the field of rehabilitation science and engineering.