The Secretary shall designate an individual in the Office of Special Education and
Rehabilitative Services of the Department of Education from among individuals who
have experience in the education of individuals who are deaf to serve as liaison between
the Department and Gallaudet University, the National Technical Institute for the
Deaf, and other postsecondary educational programs for individuals who are deaf under
the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act [20 U.S.C.A. § 1400 et seq.], the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 [29 U.S.C.A. § 701 et seq.], and other Federal or non-Federal agencies, institutions, or organizations involved
with the education or rehabilitation of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.
(b)Duties of liaison
The individual serving as liaison for educational programs for individuals who are
deaf or hard of hearing shall:
(1) provide information to institutions regarding the Department's efforts directly affecting
the operation of such programs by such institutions;
(2) review research and other activities carried out by the University, NTID, and other
Federal or non-Federal agencies, institutions, or organizations involved with the
education or rehabilitation of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing for the
purpose of determining overlap and opportunities for coordination among such entities;
(3) provide such support and assistance as such institutions may request and the Secretary
(c)Authority of Secretary
Nothing in this section may be construed to affect the authority of the Secretary
under this chapter or any other Act with respect to Gallaudet University or the National
Technical Institute for the Deaf.
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