IHDI Receives Record Funding

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The MSRRC continues to provide its region with guidance and related technical assistance in ensuring that their respective programs and policies are consistent with IDEA. The project also has assisted member states in preparing for the OSEP Continuous Improvement and Focused Monitoring System and in adopting their own continuous improvement approaches.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 2, 2004) -- The Interdisciplinary Human Development Institute (IHDI) at the University of Kentucky recently was awarded a five-year, $6.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The award is for serving as one of six multi-state regional resource centers (RRC) that help state agencies improve education and early intervention services to children with disabilities.

Regional resource centers’ services are provided by the Alliance for Systems Change/Mid-South RRC, a project team of information specialists, field consultants, and support staff within IHDI. The Mid-South Regional Resource Center (MSRRC) serves Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

“With recent and proposed changes in legislation, such as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1997, states are facing many challenges in meeting the needs of the students they serve," said Ken Olsen, director of the MSRRC said. “Our team works to help the states develop and install state-wide practices that are consistent with the federal requirements, responsive to local contexts and effective in improving results for children with disabilities.”

The MSRRC responds to concerns identified through the U.S. Department of Education’s monitoring of states by its Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and to state-identified needs related to intervention early in life, ensuring access to a full range of educational services, and successful transition out of high school.

Judy Mallory, director of the Kentucky Department of Education's Division for Exceptional Children's Services, said, "Without the RRC, we would not be fully aware of what is expected of us or how best to go about putting Exceptional Children Services’ activities in place. They provide outstanding information, consultation and support specific to our needs."

“This is the largest single grant IHDI has ever received and it reflects extremely well on the hard work and dedication of the staff from ASC/MSRRC,” Harold Kleinert, director of IHDI said.

This unit has the RRC funding as its foundation and is supplemented by other sources to support early intervention and special education in the nine states. Olsen stated, “I am very proud of the quality of our team and the success we have achieved with our states. We are delighted to have the opportunity to continue our mission of helping agencies make a difference in the lives of children with disabilities and their families.”

For more information about the MSRRC, visit the Web site at www.ihdi.uky.edu/msrrc/ or visit IHDI’s Web site at www.ihdi.uky.edu.

The MSRRC continues to provide its region with guidance and related technical assistance in ensuring that their respective programs and policies are consistent with IDEA. The project also has assisted member states in preparing for the OSEP Continuous Improvement and Focused Monitoring System and in adopting their own continuous improvement approaches.

In addition to its regional and multi-state outreach efforts, MSRRC also assists each of its nine member states through training and technical assistance efforts tailored to meet each state's needs.

The RRC was first funded at UK in 1977, when the region included only four states. The new award is the eighth time UK has successfully competed for the RRC. Olsen and one of the full-time consultants, Ethel Bright, have been with the RRC for the entire 27 years.


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