National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research
The National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) is devoted to providing both leadership and support to all research related to the rehabilitation of people with disabilities. Located in Washington, D.C., NIDRR is part of the U.S. Department of Education, and works in conjunction with the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) and the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).
NIDRR’s goals are two-fold: to help people with disabilities better live in their communities, and to expand society’s ability to provide full accommodations and opportunities to people with disabilities. NIDRR does research in the areas of social integration, employment, independent living, and technology, and is a key player in the growth in scientific knowledge such as rehabilitation medicine, engineering, psychosocial rehabilitation, integration, and vocational outcomes.
NIDRR also recommends a list of rehabilitation centers depending upon whether they meet certain stringent criteria.
NIDRR can be accessed through the U.S. Department of Education’s website, atwww.ed.gov.