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Issue #55 May 2021

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RSA Discretionary Grants

Check out updates made to the RSA Discretionary Grants Information Page hosted in the NCRTM. This page contains a fiscal year (FY) 2021 update of the General Information for RSA Discretionary Grants, important notices, and discretionary grant competitions. The following FY 2021 discretionary grant competitions are open:
  • Activities for Traditionally Underserved Populations - 84.315C - Applications due 6/14/2021
  • American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Training and Technical Assistance Center - 84.250Z - Applications due 6/14/2021
RSA seeks qualified peer reviewers for upcoming grant competitions. For more information, a 2021 Call for Peer Reviewers is available in the NCRTM.

OMB Approves RSA-911 Extension without Revisions

The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) is pleased to announce that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved RSA’s proposal to extend the Case Service Report (RSA-911) (OMB control #1820-0508) without revisions through May 31, 2024. As a result, RSA plans to collect RSA-911 data, as outlined in PD 19-03, for the final quarter of Program Year 2020 and Program Years 2021, 2022, and 2023. 

Please visit the
RSA-911 website for more information and additional resources. RSA thanks VR agencies for their continued efforts to report high-quality performance data for the Vocational Rehabilitation and Supported Employment programs through the RSA-911. 

Grant Closeout Liquidation Period Extended to 120 Days 

On 4/13/21, the Department of Education issued Grant Policy Bulletin 21-01 that implements a revision codified in 2 CFR § 200.344 of the Uniformed Administrative Requirements, Cost Principals, and Audit Requirments for Federal Awards (the Uniform Guidance) that extends the grant closeout liquidation period, i.e., the period immediately following the end date of the period of performance, from 90 calendar days to 120 calendar days for all active grants. The purpose of this revision is to support the timely closeout of awards, improve the accuracy of final closeout reporting, and reduce recipient burden. 

New NCRTM Contract Awarded to New Editions Consulting, Inc.

The Department of Education recently awarded to New Editions Consulting, Inc., a contract to support the National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials (NCRTM) through 2026. The NCRTM supports the statutory requirement for the Secretary of Education to establish a central clearinghouse for information and resource availability for individuals with disabilities which shall provide information and data regarding— (1) the location, provision, and availability of services and programs for individuals with disabilities, including such information and data provided by State workforce development boards regarding such services and programs authorized under title I of such Act; (2) research and recent medical and scientific developments bearing on disabilities (and their prevention, amelioration, causes, and cures); and (3) the current numbers of individuals with disabilities and their needs. The clearinghouse shall also provide any other relevant information and data which the Secretary of Education considers appropriate. [29 U.S.C. 712]

NCRTM has grown to become a premier source for:
  • Vocational rehabilitation (VR) professionals and paraprofessionals;
  • Rehabilitation educators and trainers;
  • Federal partners and workforce system partners;
  • Individuals with disabilities and their support networks;
  • Advocacy organizations;
  • Researchers; and
  • Others seeking to improve employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. 
It provides a central location to access a wide array of reliable and relevant resources from the RSA technical assistance centers, grantees, Federal partners, and others. You can visit NCRTM to: 
  • Search the library to find useful, reliable, and accessible information about current trends and effective VR practices;
  • Find engaging events and on-demand training to learn from experts and receive continuing education credits;
  • Quickly find resource links to RSA, RSA TA Centers and funded projects, Federal partners, research, and other resources;
  • Begin to learn about accessibility resources to make your training and resources Section 508 compliant; and 
  • Share your own resources (training, issue briefs, guides, etc.) to reach a broader audience.
Everyone can sign up or view previous issues of this New from NCRTM monthly newsletter or receive it via the RSA and email list. The newsletter can help you stay current on: 
  • RSA-led training and technical assistance;
  • On-demand and upcoming RSA or partner-led events, training and technical assistance;
  • Noteworthy milestones and achievements in the field; and
  • New resources and publications developed by RSA stakeholders, Federal agency partners, RSA grantees, State VR agencies, and others.
Give us your feedback: 
  • What did you learn or use from a resource or event you found in the NCRTM library?
  • Were you unable to find resources or information on a topic?
  • We are working on improvements to the site. Do you have suggestions? 
Contact us at We want to hear from you! 

The Process of Teaching Art - New Course from IL OIB-TAC

The Process of Teaching Art is a new course offered by the Independent Living Older Individuals who are Blind Technical Assistance Center (IL OIB-TAC) at the National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision. In this course, staff from the Braille Institute guide discussions about art, define the terminology used by artists, discuss adaptations to help those who are blind or have low vision to participate, and provide demonstrations of two art projects.

Individuals who are blind or have low vision may feel hesitant to create art but can be successful when given the opportunity to participate. Working on creative projects helps program participants learn organizational strategies, develop tactile and spatial concepts, and practice problem-solving. The process can also build an individual’s confidence and provides a unique way to practice new skills to help them in other parts of their lives. 

This course is available for 1 hour of Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP) credit. For more information about this course or other free continuing education opportunities, visit the
IL OIB-TAC Continuing Education page.


New Content

From RSA-Funded TA Centers

From States

Resources from RSA grantees, Federal partners, and Other Relevant Partners

This newsletter includes some acronyms for RSA-funded Technical Assistance Centers and other grantee offerings. Links to these centers are included in the “RSA-Funded Assistance and Other Resources” section of the NCRTM.

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