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National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research at ACL Creates Proposed Long-Range Plan for Years 2018-2023

February 27, 2017

The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) under the Administration on Community Living (ACL) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a proposed long range plan for years 2018-2023. It is soliciting public comments prior to close of business on March 20, 2017 and has held several town hall meetings for stakeholders.

The Long-Range Plan describes NIDILRR as an agency that conducts research that contributes to the nation’s community living policy. It discusses several of the long-term concerns of people with disabilities, including underemployment, access to affordable housing, rising healthcare costs, and lack of transportation. NIDILRR’s research from 2018-2023 will focus on three areas: (1) health and health care reform, (2) employment, and (3) community engagement and factors that contribute to it, including housing and transportation.

On health and health care reform, NIDILRR plans to research: (1) programs that address the poor health of persons with disabilities, particularly those that have psychiatric disabilities that do not lead to poor health on their own; (2) the impact of health care policy on access to health care; (3) person-centered planning and services; and (4) ways to turn existing health care research into evidence-based practice. On employment, NIDILRR’s primary focus will be on how to integrate persons with psychiatric disabilities into the workforce, employing youth with disabilities, and how to reduce employment disincentives and employer bias. On community living and engagement, NIDILRR will research access to transportation for people with disabilities, disability statistics research on community engagement, accessible technology, and systematically tracking LTSS in the community as more people receive it.

For more information on NDILRR’s past research and to review and submit comments, read the Long-Range Plan.