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NIDILRR Invites You to the 2018-2023 Long-Range Plan Stakeholder Listening Sessions

Throughout the rest of 2016, the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) leadership will be hosting a number of listening sessions across the country to help inform future funding priorities and strategic direction. Mandated by Congress to develop a Long Range Plan every five years, the agency aims to continue to be responsive to the needs of key stakeholders – especially people living with disabilities.

“We fund some of the most talented and innovative researchers and technology developers in the country,” said NIDILRR Director, John Tschida. “We need to make sure that this research and development focuses on improving the everyday lives of people with disabilities.”

NIDILRR will hold five, three-hour public meetings in the following locations. The meetings will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. local time. You can attend in person, listen by phone, or provide comments by email. See more information, including event registration

Denver – October 14, 2016
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Bryon G. Rogers Federal Building
1961 Stout Street
Denver, CO 80294
Longs Peak Conference Room A&B

San Francisco – October 28, 2016
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
90 7th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Rooms B-020 and B-040

Chicago – November 1, 2016
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
233 N Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60601
13th Floor Conference Room

Boston – November 18, 2016
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
John F. Kennedy Federal Building
15 New Sudbury Street
Boston, MA 02203
Conference Room 900A

Dallas – December 5, 2016
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
1301 Young Street
Dallas, TX 75201
Rooms 914, 915 and 916

Attendees should come prepared to answer the following questions:

  • What issues or barriers make it challenging for you to be an active member of your community?
  • What improvements would make your daily life better?
  • What has changed, for better or worse, in the last five years that has affected your ability to achieve your goals?

NIDILRR will also accept written comments via email to Please submit your comments by December 12, 2016.

If you have any questions about these meetings, please email or call (703) 356-8035 Ext. 100.

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