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CONGRESSMAN ENI F.H. FALEOMAVAEGA American Samoa U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C.

NEWS RELEASE July 19, 2000


Congressman Faleomavaega announced today that the American Samoa Government has been awarded a $589,812 grant from the U.S. Department of Education under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

The funds, authorized by Congress under the IDEA and through the Education Department Appropriations Act, are intended for use to implement a comprehensive, coordinated, multidisciplinary, interagency statewide system to provide early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.

"This grant comes from a $375 million entitlement appropriation authorized by Congress for Fiscal Year 2000 on behalf of infants and toddlers with disabilities," Faleomavaega said. "The funds are distributed to each state based on a predetermined formula while each of the territories gets a set-aside of up to one percent."

The types of activities that may be supported under Part C funds include the provision of direct services for eligible children that are not provided from public or private sources and the expansion and improvement of existing services. In addition, these funds may support other activities, including child identification, training and employment of early intervention personnel, and other requirements of Part C.

"I want to acknowledge and thank the management team of LBJ Hospital which has been the ‘lead agency’ and recipient of this grant and especially Dr. Julia Lyon and her staff for the tremendous work they have done on behalf of our disabled children," added Faleomavaega.

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