|Title VII-Chapter 2 Federal grant award for reported fiscal year||2,295,562|
|Other federal grant award for reported fiscal year||0|
|Title VII-Chapter 2 carryover from previous year||49,115|
|Other federal grant carryover from previous year||0|
|A. Funding Sources for Expenditures in Reported FY|
|A1. Title VII-Chapter 2||2,344,677|
|A2. Total other federal||454,557|
|(a) Title VII-Chapter 1-Part B||172,687|
|(b) SSA reimbursement||281,870|
|(c) Title XX - Social Security Act||0|
|(d) Older Americans Act||0|
|A3. State (excluding in-kind)||1,350,234|
|A4. Third party||833,856|
|A6. Total Matching Funds||2,652,749|
|A7. Total All Funds Expended||5,451,983|
|B. Total expenditures and encumbrances allocated to administrative, support staff, and general overhead costs||1,570,970|
|C. Total expenditures and encumbrances for direct program services||3,881,013|
FTE (full time equivalent) is based upon a 40-hour workweek or 2080 hours per year.
|Program Staff||a) Administrative and Support||b) Direct Service||c) Total|
|1. FTE State Agency||1.0000||0.0000||1.0000|
|2. FTE Contractors||48.1500||92.5600||140.7100|
|3. Total FTE||49.1500||92.5600||141.7100|
|a) Number employed||b) FTE|
|1. Employees with Disabilities||40||21.6500|
|2. Employees with Blindness Age 55 and Older||17||6.2900|
|3. Employees who are Racial/Ethnic Minorities||49||37.4700|
|4. Employees who are Women||187||122.1200|
|5. Employees Age 55 and Older||80||53.2900|
Provide data in each of the categories below related to the number of individuals for whom one or more services were provided during the reported fiscal year.
|1. Number of individuals who began receiving services in the previous FY and continued to receive services in the reported FY||1,056|
|2. Number of individuals who began receiving services in the reported FY||2,056|
|3. Total individuals served during the reported fiscal year (A1 + A2)||3,112|
|10. 100 & over||19|
|11. Total (must agree with A3)||3,112|
|3. Total (must agree with A3)||3,112|
|1. Hispanic/Latino of any race||252|
|2. American Indian or Alaska Native||9|
|4. Black or African American||430|
|5. Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||3|
|7. Two or more races||7|
|8. Race and ethnicity unknown (only if consumer refuses to identify)||0|
|9. Total (must agree with A3)||3,112|
|1. Totally Blind (LP only or NLP)||197|
|2. Legally Blind (excluding totally blind)||1,978|
|3. Severe Visual Impairment||937|
|4. Total (must agree with A3)||3,112|
|1. Macular Degeneration||1,573|
|2. Diabetic Retinopathy||263|
|6. Total (must agree with A3)||3,112|
|1. Hearing Impairment||237|
|3. Cardiovascular Disease and Strokes||207|
|5. Bone, Muscle, Skin, Joint, and Movement Disorders||67|
|6. Alzheimer's Disease/Cognitive Impairment||7|
|7. Depression/Mood Disorder||32|
|8. Other Major Geriatric Concerns||202|
|1. Private residence (house or apartment)||2,592|
|2. Senior Living/Retirement Community||267|
|3. Assisted Living Facility||196|
|4. Nursing Home/Long-term Care facility||54|
|6. Total (must agree with A3)||3,112|
|1. Eye care provider (ophthalmologist, optometrist)||643|
|2. Physician/medical provider||95|
|3. State VR agency||73|
|4. Government or Social Service Agency||322|
|5. Veterans Administration||29|
|6. Senior Center||79|
|7. Assisted Living Facility||0|
|8. Nursing Home/Long-term Care facility||0|
|9. Faith-based organization||12|
|10. Independent Living center||0|
|11. Family member or friend||586|
|14. Total (must agree with A3)||3,112|
Provide data related to the number of older individuals who are blind receiving each type of service and resources committed to each type of service.
|1a. Total Cost from VII-2 funds||175,228|
|1b. Total Cost from other funds||232,278|
|2. Vision screening / vision examination / low vision evaluation||1,992|
|3. Surgical or therapeutic treatment to prevent, correct, or modify disabling eye conditions||1|
|1a. Total Cost from VII-2 funds||145,189|
|1b. Total Cost from other funds||192,459|
|2. Provision of assistive technology devices and aids||3|
|3. Provision of assistive technology services||1,664|
|1a. Total Cost from VII-2 funds||1,256,633|
|1b. Total Cost from other funds||1,665,770|
|2. Orientation and Mobility training||1,786|
|3. Communication skills||2,266|
|4. Daily living skills||2,412|
|5. Supportive services (reader services, transportation, personal||13|
|6. Advocacy training and support networks||1,340|
|7. Counseling (peer, individual and group)||2,021|
|8. Information, referral and community integration||1,969|
|. Other IL services||2,503|
|Cost||a. Events / Activities||b. Persons Served|
|1a. Total Cost from VII-2 funds||91,786|
|1b. Total Cost from other funds||121,670|
|2. Information and Referral||1,029|
|3. Community Awareness: Events/Activities||719||45,635|
|a) Prior Year||b) Reported FY||c) Change ( + / - )|
|1. Program Cost (all sources)||7,489,253||5,451,983||-2,037,270|
|2. Number of Individuals Served||3,487||3,112||-375|
|3. Number of Minority Individuals Served||785||722||-63|
|4. Number of Community Awareness Activities||1,746||719||-1,027|
|5. Number of Collaborating agencies and organizations||201||470||269|
|6. Number of Sub-grantees||17||18|
Provide the following data for each of the performance measures below. This will assist RSA in reporting results and outcomes related to the program.
|Number of persons||Percent of persons|
|A1. Number of individuals receiving AT (assistive technology) services and training||1,664||100.00%|
|A2. Number of individuals receiving AT (assistive technology) services and training who maintained or improved functional abilities that were previously lost or diminished as a result of vision loss. (closed/inactive cases only)||630||37.86%|
|A3. Number of individuals for whom functional gains have not yet been determined at the close of the reporting period.||885||53.19%|
|B1. Number of individuals who received orientation and mobility (O & M) services||1,786||100.00%|
|B2. Of those receiving orientation and mobility (O & M) services, the number of individuals who experienced functional gains or maintained their ability to travel safely and independently in their residence and/or community environment as a result of services. (closed/inactive cases only)||904||50.62%|
|B3. Number of individuals for whom functional gains have not yet been determined at the close of the reporting period.||959||53.70%|
|C1. Number of individuals who received communication skills training||2,266||100.00%|
|C2. Of those receiving communication skills training, the number of individuals who gained or maintained their functional abilities as a result of services they received. (Closed/inactive cases only)||1,289||56.88%|
|C3. Number of individuals for whom functional gains have not yet been determined at the close of the reporting period.||1,263||55.74%|
|D1. Number of individuals who received daily living skills training||2,412||100.00%|
|D2. Number of individuals that experienced functional gains or successfully restored or maintained their functional ability to engage in their customary daily life activities as a result of services or training in personal management and daily living skills. (closed/inactive cases only)||826||34.25%|
|D3. Number of individuals for whom functional gains have not yet been determined at the close of the reporting period.||1,316||54.56%|
|E1. Number of individuals served who reported feeling that they are in greater control and are more confident in their ability to maintain their current living situation as a result of services they received. (closed/inactive cases only)||1,732||n/a|
|E2. Number of individuals served who reported feeling that they have less control and confidence in their ability to maintain their current living situation as a result of services they received. (closed/inactive cases only)||13||n/a|
|E3. Number of individuals served who reported no change in their feelings of control and confidence in their ability to maintain their current living situation as a result of services they received. (closed/inactive cases only)||339||n/a|
|E4. Number of individuals served who experienced changes in lifestyle for reasons unrelated to vision loss. (closed/inactive cases only)||343||n/a|
|E5. Number of individuals served who died before achieving functional gain or experiencing changes in lifestyle as a result of services they received. (closed/inactive cases only)||30||n/a|
A. Briefly describe the agency's method of implementation for the Title VII-Chapter 2 program (i.e. in-house, through sub-grantees/contractors, or a combination) incorporating outreach efforts to reach underserved and/or unserved populations. Please list all sub-grantees/contractors.
The Florida Division of Blind Services continues to function with the same business model as in the previous years. All OIB funds under the grant matched and supplemented with State General Revenue are contracted statewide to local Community Rehabilitation Programs/CRP’s (18) for the provision of adjustment to blindness services. The strategy continues to be the collaboration of the (10) existing Division Districts and the CRPs, targeting the unserved/unserved individuals identified in each district statewide.
B. Briefly describe any activities designed to expand or improve services including collaborative activities or community awareness; and efforts to incorporate new methods and approaches developed by the program into the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) under Section 704.
Contractors attempt to expand and improve services by incorporating new approaches to service delivery for the older blind population: • In October 2011, one agency began offering free weekly magnifying workshops to educate prospective clients about proper use of magnifiers and to help participants choose the most appropriate magnifier for their vision needs.
• Others offered “mini” ADL classes/in-service training, at independent living/ assisted living retirement communities and provided residents with on-site training to help them stay as independent as possible. In addition, the contractors offered caregiver training to the staff of these facilities.
Various community involvement activities were provided to participants. Below are examples:
• A deputy from the Sheriff’s Department presented a program on personal and home safety.
• A horticultural therapist provided a therapeutic container gardening workshop with emphasis on use of touch, taste, and smell.
• Low Vision Optometrists provided information on optical and non-optical devices as well as current information on medical management of various diseases of the eye.
• Ringling Museum of Art docents provided an accessibility tour of select paintings, providing vivid descriptions of the painting as well as background on the artist and the period. The tour was enhanced by use of visual and tactile media.
• The Art Center collaborated to provide special programs and tours of the art exhibits, including hands-on opportunities to experience art through touch and to create art.
• The Museum provided guided tours of permanent and special exhibits to class participants, with tactile, audio, and visual enhancements.
• Community Center for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing, dispenses amplified big button phones to clients with dual hearing/vision impairment, at no cost to clients.
• County Public Library systems collaborate to establish and maintain low vision resources in various county libraries. In addition, several libraries host low vision and health fairs annually at which Lighthouse participates.
• County Voter Services present information about and hands-on training with accessible voting machines. The Lighthouse provides sensitivity training to poll workers and prepares audio ballots upon request.
• Senior residential facilities partner with contractors to provide training on-site, to establish low vision support groups, and to present resources and information through health fairs and presentations.
• Several churches collaborated with contractors to provide satellite locations for training in outlying service areas.
• Local chapters of the Florida Council of the Blind and the Lions Club collaborate with contractors on special events and advocacy efforts, including White Cane Day.
C. Briefly summarize results from any of the most recent evaluations or satisfaction surveys conducted for your program and attach a copy of applicable reports.
All contractors self-reported conducting their own Satisfaction Surveys and the feedback regarding services received by clients was found to be positive. Several contractors provided examples of their instrument with results.
D. Briefly describe the impact of the Title VII-Chapter 2 program, citing examples from individual cases (without identifying information) in which services contributed significantly to increasing independence and quality of life for the individual(s).
Below are typical descriptions of the impact of services from the contractors:
1.) A visually impaired woman has learned to travel independently using a white cane and is now travelling alone to visit her family. A blind man has learned how to cook for himself and is able to stay in his home rather than go to an assisted facility.
2.) An older client who was relying on her personal home aide to do everything for her is now able to do many things for herself. They were pouring her drinks and leaving them in the refrigerator, setting out her food, and she was staying inside her home. She is now pouring her own Pepsi (her favorite) and milk, heating her own food, and for the first time since her vision has gotten worse she has begun getting out to activities clubhouse again (which terrified her at first) and all of her neighborhood friends were thrilled to see her out. Her personal home aid commented that she is now willing to go with them to the store more and she is actively asking questions at her eye doctor appointments.
3.) Ms. X is just one of many who have been helped by the Lighthouse, but she has quite a compelling story with a very positive outcome. As with many of her counterparts, she suffered a major vision loss from glaucoma a number of years ago. Last March, she enrolled in the Lighthouse’s daily living skills classes in Winter Haven to learn techniques that would help restore her ability to live independently in her home and in community. She also learned mobility skills so she could travel about in the downtown area and in her neighborhood. In fact, it was during one of her outings that she made a significant discovery on her way to the local Library. She had just left the Lighthouse and was walking using her long white cane through downtown when she stumbled upon 4 Purls Yarn Shop, a small crafts store that specializes in all things knitting. She went in and began talking with the owner and some of the customers who were there. They told her about the knitting classes she could take to learn how to knit various items. Soon she was taking classes on the weekend and making items that anyone would have been proud to create such as beautiful scarves, knit caps, handbags, mittens, and many others. What was great was that the yarn shop employees had no qualms whatsoever about working with someone with a serious visual impairment. Later, she learned that the instructor had already worked with a totally blind patron and was able to teach this person some of the more advanced knitting techniques.
Ms. X shared her story with a United Way tour group that was visiting the Lighthouse a few months ago during the United Way campaign. She had several of her completed knitting projects with her at the time and showed them to the group. As expected, they were quite impressed with her work. The Lighthouse is always happy to observe the transformation of its graduates from helplessness to independence, especially when they become involved with pastimes that contribute to their health and well-being
4.) A pig farmer was getting lost in his front yard and on his farm while using his O&M cane incorrectly. He was taught the 2 pt. touch method. Now he can travel to the pig fence area to fix it and he has learned to travel on a dirt road to a friend’s house. He now uses his cane properly.
5.) A female minister lost her vision due to Diabetic Retinopathy. She was unable to prepare sermons for Sunday services. A functional vision assessment was conducted and a magnifier was given to her and she was able to read her Bible. She was also provided a CCTV to assist with reading material, equipment to cook and prepare meals, and white cane support which enabled her to travel to and from dialysis. An assistive Technology Instructor installed Magic Magnification on her computer and taught her how to use the program to enable her to continue to maintain records on the computer.
E. Finally, note any problematic areas or concerns related to implementing the Title VII-Chapter 2 program in your state.
The main concern for this program is that the need for services is steadily increasing as the older population grows, and yet the funding for OIB services is decreasing.
There are transportation challenges in rural areas of counties. Transportation options can be limited, and cost usually is prohibitive for clients and expensive for agencies.
Our population continues to grow with a significant number who are of an enhanced age and frequently frail and/or medically involved. As previously stated, these clients now make up approximately 50% of the OIB participants, and require instruction in their home by our outreach specialists.
We are concerned about continued cuts to the budget and obtaining adequate funding to serve OIB clients.
As the authorized signatory, I will sign, date and retain in the state agency's files a copy of this 7-OB Report and the separate Certification of Lobbying form ED-80-0013 (available in MS Word and PDF formats.
|Signed by||Mondi Azpeitia|