|Title VII-Chapter 2 Federal grant award for reported fiscal year||2,159,859|
|Other federal grant award for reported fiscal year||0|
|Title VII-Chapter 2 carryover from previous year||0|
|Other federal grant carryover from previous year||0|
|A. Funding Sources for Expenditures in Reported FY|
|A1. Title VII-Chapter 2||2,159,859|
|A2. Total other federal||375,913|
|(a) Title VII-Chapter 1-Part B||169,786|
|(b) SSA reimbursement||206,127|
|(c) Title XX - Social Security Act||0|
|(d) Older Americans Act||0|
|A3. State (excluding in-kind)||2,167,972|
|A4. Third party||1,465,315|
|A6. Total Matching Funds||4,189,268|
|A7. Total All Funds Expended||6,725,040|
|B. Total expenditures and encumbrances allocated to administrative, support staff, and general overhead costs||715,086|
|C. Total expenditures and encumbrances for direct program services||6,009,954|
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||52.2700||120.3600||172.6300|
|3. Total FTE||53.2700||120.3600||173.6300|
|a) Number employed||b) FTE|
|1. Employees with Disabilities||58||38.8000|
|2. Employees with Blindness Age 55 and Older||25||13.2400|
|3. Employees who are Racial/Ethnic Minorities||74||57.7400|
|4. Employees who are Women||233||125.7700|
|5. Employees Age 55 and Older||99||62.3200|
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||891|
|2. Number of individuals who began receiving services in the reported FY||1,777|
|3. Total individuals served during the reported fiscal year (A1 + A2)||2,668|
|10. 100 & over||15|
|11. Total (must agree with A3)||2,668|
|3. Total (must agree with A3)||2,668|
|1. Hispanic/Latino of any race||173|
|2. American Indian or Alaska Native||10|
|4. Black or African American||372|
|5. Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||2|
|7. Two or more races||4|
|8. Race and ethnicity unknown (only if consumer refuses to identify)||0|
|9. Total (must agree with A3)||2,668|
|1. Totally Blind (LP only or NLP)||150|
|2. Legally Blind (excluding totally blind)||1,711|
|3. Severe Visual Impairment||807|
|4. Total (must agree with A3)||2,668|
|1. Macular Degeneration||1,301|
|2. Diabetic Retinopathy||226|
|6. Total (must agree with A3)||2,668|
|1. Hearing Impairment||311|
|3. Cardiovascular Disease and Strokes||16|
|5. Bone, Muscle, Skin, Joint, and Movement Disorders||6|
|6. Alzheimer's Disease/Cognitive Impairment||1|
|7. Depression/Mood Disorder||4|
|8. Other Major Geriatric Concerns||15|
|1. Private residence (house or apartment)||2,186|
|2. Senior Living/Retirement Community||280|
|3. Assisted Living Facility||151|
|4. Nursing Home/Long-term Care facility||51|
|6. Total (must agree with A3)||2,668|
|1. Eye care provider (ophthalmologist, optometrist)||438|
|2. Physician/medical provider||69|
|3. State VR agency||68|
|4. Government or Social Service Agency||265|
|5. Veterans Administration||28|
|6. Senior Center||46|
|7. Assisted Living Facility||0|
|8. Nursing Home/Long-term Care facility||0|
|9. Faith-based organization||5|
|10. Independent Living center||0|
|11. Family member or friend||508|
|14. Total (must agree with A3)||2,668|
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||95,034|
|1b. Total Cost from other funds||169,404|
|2. Vision screening / vision examination / low vision evaluation||446|
|3. Surgical or therapeutic treatment to prevent, correct, or modify disabling eye conditions||0|
|1a. Total Cost from VII-2 funds||343,418|
|1b. Total Cost from other funds||612,165|
|2. Provision of assistive technology devices and aids||783|
|3. Provision of assistive technology services||821|
|1a. Total Cost from VII-2 funds||1,434,146|
|1b. Total Cost from other funds||2,556,463|
|2. Orientation and Mobility training||857|
|3. Communication skills||952|
|4. Daily living skills||1,530|
|5. Supportive services (reader services, transportation, personal||472|
|6. Advocacy training and support networks||351|
|7. Counseling (peer, individual and group)||784|
|8. Information, referral and community integration||1,296|
|. Other IL services||454|
|Cost||a. Events / Activities||b. Persons Served|
|1a. Total Cost from VII-2 funds||287,261|
|1b. Total Cost from other funds||512,063|
|2. Information and Referral||1,347|
|3. Community Awareness: Events/Activities||1,157||38,015|
|a) Prior Year||b) Reported FY||c) Change ( + / - )|
|1. Program Cost (all sources)||5,451,983||6,725,040||1,273,057|
|2. Number of Individuals Served||3,112||2,668||-444|
|3. Number of Minority Individuals Served||722||579||-143|
|4. Number of Community Awareness Activities||719||1,157||438|
|5. Number of Collaborating agencies and organizations||470||82||-388|
|6. Number of Sub-grantees||18||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||821||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)||531||64.68%|
|A3. Number of individuals for whom functional gains have not yet been determined at the close of the reporting period.||256||31.18%|
|B1. Number of individuals who received orientation and mobility (O & M) services||857||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)||618||72.11%|
|B3. Number of individuals for whom functional gains have not yet been determined at the close of the reporting period.||244||28.47%|
|C1. Number of individuals who received communication skills training||952||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)||697||73.21%|
|C3. Number of individuals for whom functional gains have not yet been determined at the close of the reporting period.||192||20.17%|
|D1. Number of individuals who received daily living skills training||1,530||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)||1,154||75.42%|
|D3. Number of individuals for whom functional gains have not yet been determined at the close of the reporting period.||387||25.29%|
|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)||1,401||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)||96||n/a|
|E4. Number of individuals served who experienced changes in lifestyle for reasons unrelated to vision loss. (closed/inactive cases only)||100||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)||25||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 (FDBS) continues to function with the same business model, as in the 10 previous years. All OIB funds under the grant are matched and supplemented with State General Revenue and 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 FDBS districts and CRP’s targeting the unserved/underserved individuals identified in these districts statewide. Implementation of the program takes place at designated facilities, as well as, on an itinerate basis in the community.
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.
The Division continues to utilize the current strategy of contracting out the IL services to 18 Community Rehabilitation Programs. Contractors continue to collaborate with FDBS districts with outreach efforts and with presentations to varied community groups. This year there were a few new programs which offered new mini ADL classes and due to increase demand, iPad and iPhone training for individuals and groups. Various contractors continue participating in numerous community education activities and establishment of new opportunities for support groups.
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-report conducting their own Satisfaction Surveys and the feedback is positive by clients concerning the services and experiences they receive. Each contractor provides a questionnaire that solicits feedback on how well the classes and instruction is serving the client’s needs, or if they are dissatisfied with any aspect of the program.
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).
Surveys conducted by the contractor continue to indicate that clients are satisfied with the services being provided.
1) “I have always been an active guy, a daredevil of sorts, but that ended when my vision left. I found myself staying at home, avoiding social situations because I was always bumping into things, tripping over obstacles and anxious that I would get hurt. It was my orientation and mobility instructor from Lighthouse who made the difference. He gave me a long travel cane and several lessons on how to use it. I am so excited to walk outside of my home now and I get around much more confidently. I got my pep back, thanks to Lighthouse”.
2) A 77 year old man who lives alone and reports having only light perception admitted at the start of class that his vision loss makes him feel “fearful, saddened and alone.” After completion of his class, he stated: “I’m not alone anymore and feel hopeful, less fearful and more willing to do things. I feel better about myself.” 3) An 86 year old woman who lives alone stated, “I didn’t want to go to classes. My thought was, what can they possibly do to make me feel better? How wrong I was. I’m stronger now and better able to express myself. I’m using all the skills I’ve learned in class. I’m doing better and better every day. I tell everyone about my experience. I’m ready to repeat the classes...they were so good. Do I have to wait a year?”
4) Two ladies have regained their self-confidence and have begun to travel on vacation together. They have had ADL and LV training. Neither would speak to anyone when they first came to the center. They are also starting a dance team at the center.
5) A gentleman who has received O&M training can now frequent local shops and restaurants. He no longer eats microwave meals with the help of Home Management he cooks his own meals.
E. Finally, note any problematic areas or concerns related to implementing the Title VII-Chapter 2 program in your state.
Again, as in previous reporting years the major challenge continues to be in the area of transportation. Transportation continues to be a challenge in rural areas of Florida. Transportation can be limited, and is costly for clients and contractors.
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|