March 4, 2003 --
A new Web site has been launched to gather comments and recommendations on research needs for Americans with disabilities at http://www.icdr.us/ Its frontpage link ("Send your comments to the ICDR") takes the visitor to a comment form where individuals may offer their ideas about access to technology, education, employment, community life, health care and other needs. Other links on the site take visitors information about the New Freedom Initiative and ICDR's statutory authority and mission
The site was developed by the government's Interagency Committee on Disability Research, chaired by Steven James Tingus, director of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. ""Coordinated research among federal agencies is an essential part of creating barrier-free living for people with disabilities. This is a significant part of President Bush's New Freedom Initiative," said Robert H. Pasternack, assistant secretary for special education and rehabilitative services. "That is ICDR's mission."