Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2005

Report on Federal Activities Under the Rehabilitation Act

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (the Rehabilitation Act), provides the legislative basis for programs and activities that assist individuals with disabilities in the pursuit of gainful employment, independence, self-sufficiency and full integration into community life.

This report is intended to provide a description of accomplishments and progress made under the Rehabilitation Act during fiscal year 2005 (October 2004 through September 2005). To that end, the report identifies major activities that occurred during that fiscal year, and the status of those activities during that specific time period.

The report provides a description of the activities of the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), a component of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), U.S. Department of Education. RSA is the principal agency for carrying out titles I, III, VI and VII, as well as specified portions of Title V of the Rehabilitation Act. RSA has responsibility for preparing and submitting this report to the president and congress under Section 13 of the Rehabilitation Act.

The Rehabilitation Act also authorizes research activities that are administered by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) and the work of the National Council on Disability (NCD), and includes a variety of provisions focused on rights, advocacy and protections for individuals with disabilities. A description of those activities also is provided in this report.

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