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Letter from NIDILRR Director to the Community

June 13, 2024
Source: National Institute on Disability, Independent Living & Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)

A letter from Anjali Forber-Pratt, PhD, to the community 

Letter from NIDILRR Director, Dr. Anjali Forber-Pratt:

The time has come for me to bid farewell to the NIDILRR grantee community and network. It has been a distinct honor to serve as the Director of NIDILRR and I am so proud of what we, as a community, accomplished for the field of disability research. We deepened our commitment and growth of greater disability inclusion and representation across the research enterprise. We established a dissertation fellowship grant. We modernized and integrated newer disability models and current language throughout NIDILRR’s operations. We elevated NIDILRR’s profile and reach to universities and organizations and disciplines that were not previously in our portfolio. We funded grants in novel areas such as air travel and disability, Long COVID, non-traumatic SCI, students with 504 plans, among many others that will only continue to grow and mature over the years. We deepened our existing portfolios and work related to aging and disability, serious mental illness and serious mental health conditions, alternative and augmentative communication, and further expanded our support for minority serving institutions. It is my hope that each of these successes and wins will continue to reverberate through and across the disability research community in the years to come. Our roadmap for NIDILRR is a collective shared document, our long range plan, which embodies much of what is described here, and more and will serve as a foundational grounding for the future.

As I prepare to embark on a new journey, I wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude to each and every NIDILRR grantee, follower, admirer, and member of the disability research community. We accomplished a lot and working alongside you has been an unforgettable experience. I have cherished every moment we’ve shared. It was a joy to lift up your work and to engage with you in professional spaces, conferences and beyond. Your work and research matters and is critical to making the world a more inclusive place where disabled individuals can fully participate in all aspects of society. I have the utmost confidence in Dr. Kristi Hill’s leadership who will be stepping in as Acting Director of NIDILRR and as Acting Chair of the Interagency Committee on Disability Research, and of the full NIDILRR leadership and staff team – you are in excellent hands! 

Thank you for the opportunity to serve,

Anjali Forber-Pratt, Ph.D.
Director, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living & Rehabilitation Research
(May 2021-June 2024)

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