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October 5, 2004

DHS Awards $1.4 Million Grant to Telecommunications for the Deaf

From: Government Technology, CA - Oct 5, 2004

Oct 05, 2004 By News Story

Funds to develop a network that will provide disaster preparedness information to people with hearing disabilites

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently awarded a $1.4 million Competitive Training Grant to Telecommunications for the Deaf Inc. (TDI). TDI will develop a network that will provide information on disaster preparedness and homeland security to individuals with hearing disabilities.

The DHS Competitive Training Grants Program provides funding for training initiatives to further the Department's mission of preparing the nation in the event of a terrorist incident. TDI completed a rigorous application process for this grant -- over 217 applications were received and the Department selected 14 programs for funding, totaling $33,645,997 to be awarded.

TDI intends to work with a consortium of local and regional disability consumer organizations. Through this grant program, the project directors in each of the offices will provide numerous workshops in and around their region. In addition, an online information resource will be developed to provide information nationally to this special needs population.

Through this grant, TDI will partner with agencies across the country including: Developmental Evaluation and Adjustment Facilities, Inc., Alliston, Massachusetts; Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons, Inc., Fairfax, Virginia; Communication Service for the Deaf, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Deaf Counseling, Advocacy, and Referral Agency, San Leandro, California.

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