Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $71,000 in Federal Funding for Kent State University

Sep 29, 2017

Kent, OH – Congressman Ryan today announced a Federal Department of Education Grant to Kent State University. This grant will be in the amount of $71,379.00 for the first budget period (09/01/2017 through 08/31/2018). The $71,379.00 figure supports the first year of planning of this 5 year program. Each subsequent year (Fall 2018-Fall 22), after the planning year, will be funded for $250,000.00. This funding, which was awarded through the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in the Department of Education, will be used for the Personnel Preparation program, which assists States in meeting their responsibility for providing personnel to serve children with disabilities.   

“Demand for fully trained special education, early intervention, and related services personnel for serve infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities exceeds the available supply. This shortage is especially pronounced in high-need schools. Being able to receive a quality education is a basic right in the United States, regardless of zip code or disability. These types of grants are imperative to the success of so many. This well-deserved grant only further highlights Kent State’s outstanding academic and research record and their commitment to bettering our community and our world,” said Congressman Ryan.

"Kent State University’s Special Education program is excited to receive 1.1 million dollars of federal funding from the U.S Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs for personnel preparation specific to Early Intervention.  This grant responds directly to state level shortages in highly qualified Early Intervention personnel.  We will be training students in special education and speech pathology in an interdisciplinary graduate level program starting in August 2018. This grant will provide funding for students and expand the university’s interdisciplinary training and collaboration across the entire curriculum for professionals seeking expertise in Speech Pathology/Audiology and Early Intervention.  KSU scholars who graduate from the program will qualify for the Ohio Department of Health issued Early Intervention Certification and will enter the field highly qualified to support families with infants and toddlers with disabilities in Part C systems," said  Sanna Harjusola-Webb, Ph.D., Associate Professor.