Annual Report - Independent Living Services For Older Individuals Who Are Blind

RSA-7-OB for Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired - H177B150046 report through September 30, 2015

Instructions

Introduction

The revised ED RSA-7-OB form incorporates revisions to the four established performance measures for the Independent Living Services for Older Individuals who are Blind (IL-OIB) program. Added in 2007, these measures aim to better reflect the program’s impact on individual consumers and the community.

Added to capture information that may be required to meet GPRA guidelines, the performance measures can be found under Part VI: Program Outcomes/Performance Measures as follows:

Measure 1.1

Of individuals who received AT (assistive technology) services and training, the percentage who regained or improved functional abilities previously lost as a result of vision loss.

Measure 1.2

Of individuals who received orientation and mobility (O & M) services, the percentage who experienced functional gains or maintained their ability to travel safely and independently in their home and/or community environment.

Measure 1.3

Of individuals who received services or training in alternative non-visual or low vision techniques, the percentage that experienced functional gains or were able to successfully restore and maintain their functional ability to engage in their customary life activities within their home environment and community.

Measure 1.4

Of the total individuals served, the percentage that reported that they are in greater control and are more confident in their ability to maintain their current living situation as a result of services.

Revisions to these established program performance measures consists of the following additional five items:

E1. Enter the 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)

E2. Enter the 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)

E3. Enter the 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)

E4. Enter the number of individuals served who experienced changes in lifestyle for reasons unrelated to vision loss. (closed/inactive cases only)

E5. Enter the 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)

Submittal Instructions

OIB grantees are expected to complete and submit the 7-OB Report online through RSA’s website (https://rsa.ed.gov), unless RSA is notified of pertinent circumstances that may impede the online submission.

To register with RSA’s MIS, please go to https://rsa.ed.gov and click on Info for new users. The link provides instructions for obtaining an agency-specific username and password. Further instructions for completing and submitting the 7-OB Report online will be provided upon completion of the registration process.

OIB grantees submitting the 7-OB Report online are not required to mail signed copies of the 7-OB Report to RSA, but they must certify in the MIS that the signed and dated 7-OB Report and lobbying certification forms are retained on file.

The Report submittal deadline is no later than December 31 of the reporting year.

Part I: Funding Sources for Expenditures And Encumbrances — Instructions

Please note: Total expenditures and encumbrances for direct program services in Part I (C) must equal the total funds spent on service in Part IV. Part I C must equal the sum of Part IV A1+B1+C1+D1.

A. Funding SourceS for Expenditures and encumbrances in reported fy

A1. Enter the total amount of Title VII-Chapter 2 funds expended or encumbered during the reported FY. Include expenditures or encumbrances made from both carryover funds from the previous FY and from the reported FY grant funds.

A2. Enter the total of any other federal funds expended or encumbered in the Title VII-Chapter 2 program during the reported FY. Designate the funding sources and amounts in (a) through (e).

A3. Enter the total amount of state funds expended or encumbered in the Title VII - Chapter 2 program. Do not include in-kind contributions (e.g., documented value of services, materials, equipment, buildings or office space, or land).

A4. Enter the total amount of third party contributions including local and community funding, non-profit or for-profit agency funding, etc. Do not include in-kind contributions (e.g., documented value of services, materials, equipment, buildings or office space, or land).

A5. Enter the total amount of in-kind contributions from non-federal sources. Include value of property or services that benefit the Title VII-Chapter 2 program (e.g. the fairly evaluated documented value of services, materials, equipment, buildings or office space or land).

A6. Enter the total matching funds (A3 + A4 + A5). Reminder: The required non-federal match for the Title VII-Chapter 2 program is not less than $1 for each $9 of federal funds provided in the Title VII-Chapter 2 grant. Funds derived from or provided by the federal government, or services assisted or subsidized to any significant extent by the federal government, may not be included in determining the amount of non-federal contributions.

A7. Enter the total amount of all funds expended and encumbered (A1 + A2 + A6) during the reported fiscal year.

B. Total expenditures and encumbrances allocated to administrative, support staff, and general overhead costs

Enter the total amount of expenditures and encumbrances allocated to administrative, support staff, and general overhead costs. Do not include costs for direct services provided by agency staff or the costs of contract or sub-grantee staff that provide direct services under contracts or sub-grants. If an administrator spends a portion of his or her time providing administrative services and the remainder providing direct services, include only the expenditures for administrative services.

C. Total expenditures and encumbrances for direct program services

Enter the total amount of expenditures and encumbrances for direct program services by subtracting line B from line A7.

Part II: Staffing — Instructions

Base all FTE calculations upon a full-time 40-hour workweek or 2080 hours per year. Record all FTE assigned to the Title VII-Chapter 2 program irrespective of whether salary is paid with Title VII-Chapter 2 funds.

A. Full-time Equivalent (FTE) Program Staff

A1. Under the “Administrative & Support” column (A1a), enter the full-time equivalent (FTE) of all administrative and support staff (e.g. management, program directors, supervisors, readers, drivers for staff, etc.) assigned to the Title VII-Chapter 2 program from the State agency. (For example, if 20% or 8 hours per week of a staff person’s time were spent on administrative and support functions related to this program, the FTE for that staff person would be .2). Under the “Direct Services” column (A1b), enter the FTE of all direct service staff (e.g. rehabilitation teacher, IL specialist, orientation and mobility specialist, social worker, drivers for individuals receiving services, etc.) assigned to the Title VII-Chapter 2 program from the State agency. If administrative or support staff of the State agency also provide direct services, report the FTE devoted to direct services in the “Direct Services” column (A1b). (For example, if 80% of a staff person’s time were spent in providing direct services, the FTE for that person would be 8). Finally, add across the “Administrative & Support” FTE (A1a) and “Direct Service” FTE (A1b) to enter the total State agency FTE in the TOTAL (A1c) column.

A2. Under the “Administrative & Support” column (A2a), enter the full-time equivalent (FTE) of all administrative and support staff (e.g. management, program directors, supervisors, readers, drivers for staff, etc.) assigned to the Title VII-Chapter 2 program from contractors or sub-grantees. Under the “Direct Services” column (A2b), enter the FTE of all direct service staff (e.g. rehabilitation teacher, IL specialist, orientation and mobility specialist, social worker, driver for individuals receiving services, etc.) assigned to the Title VII-Chapter 2 program from contractors and sub-grantees. If administrative staff of the contractors or sub-grantees also provides direct services, report the FTE devoted to direct services in the “Direct Services” column (A2b). Finally, add across the “Administrative & Support” FTE (A2a) and “Direct Service” FTE (A2b) to enter the total contractor or sub-grantee FTE in the TOTAL (A2c) column.

A3. Add each column for A1 and A2 and record totals on line A3.

B. Employed or advanced in employment

B1. Enter the total number of employees (agency and contractor/sub-grantee staff) with disabilities (include blind and visually impaired not 55 or older), including blindness or visual impairment, in B1a. Enter the FTE of employees with disabilities in B1b. (To calculate B1b, add the total number of hours worked by all employees with disabilities and divide by 2080 to arrive at the FTE)

B2. Enter the total number of employees (agency and contractor/sub-grantee staff) who are blind or visually impaired and age 55 and older in B2a. Enter the FTE of employees who are blind or visually impaired and age 55 or older in B2b. (To calculate B2b, add the total number of hours worked by employees who are blind or visually impaired and age 55 and older and divide by 2080 to arrive at the FTE)

B3. Enter the total number of employees (agency and contractor/sub-grantee staff) who are members of racial/ethnic minorities in B3a. Enter the FTE of employees who are members of racial/ethnic minorities in B3b. (To calculate B3b, add the total number of hours worked by employees who are members of racial/ethnic minorities and divide by 2080 to arrive at the FTE)

B4. Enter the total number of employees (agency and contractor/sub-grantee staff) who are women in B4a. Enter the FTE of employees who are women in B4b. (To calculate B4b, add the total number of hours worked by women and divide by 2080 to arrive at the FTE)

B5. Enter the total number of employees (agency and contractor/sub-grantee staff) who are ages 55 and older, but not blind or visually impaired, in B5a. Enter the FTE of employees who are ages 55 and older, but not blind or visually impaired, in B5b. (To calculate B5b, add the total number of hours worked by employees who are ages 55 and older, but not blind or visually impaired, and divide by 2080 to arrive at the FTE)

C. Volunteers

C1. Enter the FTE of program volunteers in C1. (To calculate C1, add the total number of hours worked by all program volunteers and divide by 2080 to arrive at the FTE).

Part III: Data on Individuals Served — Instructions

Provide data in all categories on program participants who received one or more services during the fiscal year being reported.

A. Individuals Served

A1. Enter the number of program participants carried over from the previous federal fiscal year who received services in this reported FY (e.g. someone received services in September (or any other month) of the previous FY and continued to receive additional services in the reported FY).

A2. Enter the number of program participants who began receiving services during the reported fiscal year irrespective of whether they have completed all services.

A3. Enter the total number served during the reported fiscal year (A1 + A2).

B. Age

B1-B10. Enter the total number of program participants served in each respective age category.

B11. Enter the sum of B1 through B10. This must agree with A3.

C. Gender

C1. Enter the total number of females receiving services.

C2. Enter the total number of males receiving services.

C3. Enter the sum of C1 and C2. This must agree with A3.

D. Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic or Latino means a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.

D1. Enter the number of individuals served who are Hispanic/Latino of any race or Hispanic/Latino only. Hispanic/Latino means a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.

D2. Enter the number of individuals served who are American Indian or Alaska Native. American Indian or Alaska Native means a person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America), and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment.

D3. Enter the number of individuals served who are Asian. Asian means a person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.

D4. Enter the number of individuals served who are Black or African American. Black or African American means a person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. Terms such as “Haitian” may be used.

D5. Enter the number of individuals served who are Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander. Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander means a person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.

D6. Enter the number of individuals served who are White or Caucasian. White means a person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.

D7. Enter the number of individuals served who report two or more races but who are not Hispanic/Latino of any race.

D8. Enter “race and ethnicity unknown” only if the consumer refuses to identify race and ethnicity.

D9. Enter the total of D1 through D8. This number must agree with A3.

E. Degree of Visual Impairment

E1. Enter the number of individuals served who are totally blind (e.g. have light perception only or no light perception).

E2. Enter the number of individuals served who are legally blind (excluding those recorded in E1).

E3. Enter the number of individuals served who have severe visual impairment.

E4. Add E1 + E2 + E3 and enter the total. This number must agree with A3.

F. Major Cause of Visual Impairment

(Please note that the primary site for the definitions of diseases is http://www.nia.nih.gov/AboutNIA/StrategicPlan/ResearchGoalA/Subgoal1.htm.)

Enter only one major cause of visual impairment for each individual served.

F1. Enter the number of individuals served who have macular degeneration as the major cause of visual impairment. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a progressive disease of the retina wherein the light-sensing cells in the central area of vision (the macula) stop working and eventually die. The cause of the disease is thought to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors, and

It is most common in people who are age 60 and over. AMD is the leading cause of legal blindness in senior citizens.

F2. Enter the number of individuals served who have diabetic retinopathy as the major cause of visual impairment. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of new cases of legal blindness among working-age Americans and is caused by damage to the small blood vessels in the retina. It is believed that poorly controlled blood sugar levels are related to its progression. Most persons with diabetes have non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) or what is commonly called “adult-onset” or Type II diabetes, and control their blood sugar with oral medications or diet alone. Others have insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM), also called "younger or juvenile-onset" or Type I diabetes, and must use insulin injections daily to regulate their blood sugar levels.

F3. Enter the number of individuals served who have glaucoma as the major cause of visual impairment. Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases causing optic nerve damage that involves mechanical compression or decreased blood flow. It is permanent and is a leading cause of blindness in the world, especially in older people.

F4. Enter the number of individuals served who have cataracts as the major cause of visual impairment. A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens of the eye resulting in blurred vision, sensitivity to light and glare, distortion, and dimming of colors. Cataracts are usually a natural aging process in the eye (although they may be congenital) and may be caused or accelerated by other diseases such as glaucoma and diabetes.

F5. Enter the number of individuals served who have any other major cause of visual impairment.

F6. Enter the sum of F1 through F5. This number must agree with A3.

G. Other Age-Related Impairments

Enter the total number of individuals served in each category. Individuals may report one or more non-visual impairments/conditions. The National Institute on Aging (NIA) Strategic Plan identifies age-related diseases, disorders, and disability including the following categories.

G1. Hearing Impairment: Presbycusis is the gradual hearing loss that occurs with aging. An estimated one-third of Americans over 60 and one-half of those over 85 have some degree of hearing loss. Hearing impairment occurs when there is a problem with or damage to one or more parts of the ear, and may be a conductive hearing loss (outer or middle ear) or a sensorineural hearing loss (inner ear) or a combination. The degree of hearing impairment can vary widely from person to person. Some people have partial hearing loss, meaning that the

Ear can pick up some sounds; others have complete hearing loss, meaning that the ear cannot hear at all. One or both ears may be affected, and the impairment may be worse in one ear than in the other.

G2. Diabetes: Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. Type 2 diabetes, which results from insulin resistance and abnormal insulin action, is most prevalent in the older population. Diabetes complications, such as heart disease and loss of sight, increase dramatically when blood sugar is poorly controlled and often develop before diabetes is diagnosed.

G3. Cardiovascular Disease and Strokes: Diseases of the heart and blood vessels are the leading cause of hospitalization and death in older Americans. Congestive heart failure is the most common diagnosis in hospitalized patients aged 65 and older.

G4. Cancer: The second leading cause of death among the elderly is cancer, with individuals age 65 and over accounting for 70 percent of cancer mortality in the United States. Breast, prostate, and colon cancers, are common in older people.

G5. Bone, Muscle, Skin, Joint, and Movement Disorders: Osteoporosis (loss of mass and quality of bones), osteoarthritis (inflammation and deterioration of joints), and sarcopenia (age-related loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength) contribute to frailty and injury in millions of older people. Also contributing to loss of mobility and independence are changes in the central nervous system that control movement. Cells may die or become dysfunctional with age, as in Parkinson's disease. Therefore, older people may have difficulty with gross motor behavior, such as moving around in the environment, or with fine motor skills, such as writing.

G6. Alzheimer’s Disease/Cognitive Impairment: Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia (a brain disorder that significantly affects an individual’s ability to carry out daily life activities) in older people. It and other cognitive impairments impact parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language.

G7. Depression is widespread, often undiagnosed, and often under-treated in the elderly. It is believed to affect more than 6.5 million of the 35 million Americans who are 65 or older. Depression is closely associated with dependency and disability. Symptoms may include: loss of interest in normally pleasurable activities, persistent, vague or unexplained somatic complaints, memory complaints, change in weight, sleeping disorder, irritability or demanding behavior, lack of attention to personal care, difficulty with concentration, social withdrawal, change in appetite, confusion, delusions or hallucinations, feeling of worthlessness or hopelessness, and thought about suicide.

G8. Other Major Geriatric Concerns: Several conditions can compromise independence and quality of life in older persons including weakness and falls, urinary incontinence, benign prostatic hyperplasia, and co morbidity (co morbidity describes the effect of all other diseases an individual might have on the primary disease).

H. Type of Residence

H1. Enter the number of individuals served who live in private residence (house or apartment unrelated to senior living).

H2. Enter the number of Individuals served who live in senior living/retirement community (e.g. housing designed for those age 55 and older).

H3. Enter the number of individuals served who live in assisted living facility (e.g. housing that provides personal care and services which meet needs beyond basic provision of food, shelter and laundry).

H4. Enter the number of individuals served who live in nursing homes/long-term care facility (e.g. any facility that provides care to one or more persons who require nursing care and related medical services of such complexity to require professional nursing care under the direction of a physician on a 24 hour a day basis).

H5. Enter the number of individuals served who are homeless

H6. Enter the sum of H1, H2, H3, H4 and H5. This number must agree with A3.

I. Source of Referral

I1. Enter the number of individuals served referred by an ophthalmologist or optometrist.

I2. Enter the number of individuals served referred by a medical provider other than an ophthalmologist or optometrist.

I3. Enter the number of individuals served referred by a state vocational rehabilitation agency.

I4. Enter the number of individuals served referred by a government or social services agency defined as a public or private agency which provides assistance to consumers related to eligibility and securing entitlements and benefits, counseling, elder law services, assistance with housing, etc.

I5. Enter the number of individuals served referred by the Veterans Administration

I6. Enter the number of individuals served referred by a senior program defined as a community-based educational, recreational, or socialization program operated by a senior center, nutrition site, or senior club.

I7. Enter the number of individuals served referred by an assisted living facility defined as housing that provides personal care and services which meet needs beyond basic provision of food, shelter and laundry.

I8. Enter the number of individuals served referred by a nursing home/long-term care facility defined as any facility that provides care to one or more persons who require nursing care and related medical services of such complexity to require professional nursing care under the direction of a physician on a 24 hour a day basis.

I9. Enter the number of individuals served referred by a faith-based (religious affiliated) organization.

I10. Enter the number of individuals served referred by an independent living center (ILC) defined as a consumer-controlled, community-based, cross-disability, nonresidential private nonprofit agency that is designed and operated within a local community by individuals with disabilities, and provides an array of independent living services.

I11. Enter the number of individuals referred by a family member or friend.

I12. Enter the number of individuals who were self-referred.

I13. Enter the number of individuals referred from all other sources aside from those listed above.

I14. Enter the sum of I1, I2, I3, I4, I5, I6, I7, I8, I9, I10, I11, I12, and I13. This number must agree with A3

Part IV: Types of Services Provided and Resources Allocated — Instructions

Please note: Total expenditures and encumbrances for direct program services in Part I C must equal the total funds spent on services in Part IV. Part I C must equal the sum of Part IV A1+B1+C1+D1.

In addition, salary or costs associated with direct service staff or contractors providing

direct services should be included in the cost of services provided in A, B, C, and D.

A. Clinical / Functional Vision Assessments and Services

A1. Enter the total cost from Title VII-Chapter 2 federal grant funds (A1a) and the total cost from all other sources of program funding (A1b) for clinical and/or functional vision assessments and services, whether purchased or provided directly.

A2. Enter the total number of program participants who received clinical vision screening or vision examinations from qualified or certified professionals such as ophthalmologists or optometrists, and who received functional vision assessments or low vision evaluations to identify strategies for enhancing visual performance both without and with optical and low vision devices and equipment. Assessment areas may include functional visual acuity and fields, efficiency of vision in the performance of everyday tasks, and evaluation for low vision aids or equipment. These assessments are typically provided by skilled professionals or those who are certified or have a master’s degree in low vision rehabilitation. Do not include evaluations for orientation and mobility. These should be included in C3.

A3. Enter the total number of program participants who received surgical or therapeutic treatment to prevent, correct, or modify disabling eye conditions; and, hospitalizations related to such services. Include prescription optics in this service category. Nonprescription optics should be reported in B2.

B. Assistive Technology Devices, Aids, Services and Training

B1. Enter the total cost from Title VII-Chapter 2 federal grant funds (B1a) and the total cost from all other sources of program funding (B1b) for the provision of assistive technology devices, aids, services and training.

B2. Enter the total number of program participants who received one or more assistive technology devices and aids. As defined in Section 3(4) of the Assistive Technology Act of 2004 (Pub. L. 108-364), “assistive technology device means any item, piece of equipment, or product system whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.” Assistive technology devices may include such items as canes, slates, insulin gauges, CCTVs, computers, adaptive software, magnifiers, adaptive cooking items, adaptive recreational items, handwriting guides, Braillers, large button telephones, etc.

B3. Enter the total number of program participants who received one or more assistive technology services and training. As defined in Section 3(5) of the Assistive Technology Act of 2004 (PL 108-364), “assistive technology service means any service that directly assists an individual with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device.” Services may include the evaluation of assistive technology needs of an individual, services related to acquisition of technology, costs of loan programs, maintenance and repair of assistive technology, training or technical assistance for the individual or professionals related to the use of assistive technology, programs to expand the availability of assistive technology, low vision therapy services related to the use of optical aids and devices, and other services related to the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device.

C. Independent Living and Adjustment Training and Services

C1. Enter the total cost from Title VII-Chapter 2 federal grant funds (C1a) and the total cost from all other sources of program funding (C1b) for the provision of services and adjustment training leading to independent living. Evaluation and assessment services (excluding those included in A2 or B3) leading to the planning and implementation of services and training should be included in these costs.

C2. Enter the total number of individuals who received orientation and mobility (O & M) services or travel training (i.e. learning to access public or private transportation and to travel safely and as independently as possible in the home and community with or without the use of mobility aids and devices).

C3. Enter the total number of individuals who received communication skills training (e.g. reading and writing Braille, keyboarding and computer literacy, computer skills training, using the telephone, handwriting guides, telling time, using readers, use of audio and tactile technologies for home, recreational or educational use; etc.). Training in the use of newspaper reading services and radio services should be included.

C4. Enter the total number of individuals who received personal management and daily living skills training (e.g. training in the use of adaptive aids and assistive technology devices for personal management and daily living, blindness and low vision alternative techniques for food preparation, grooming and dress, household chores, medical management, shopping, recreational activities, etc.)

C5. Enter the total number of individuals who received supportive services (e.g. reader services, transportation, personal attendant services, support service providers, interpreters, etc.) while actively participating in the program or attaining independent living goals.

C6. Enter the total number of program participants who participated in advocacy training or support network activities such as consumer organization meetings, peer support groups, etc.

C7. Enter the total number of individuals who received counseling (peer, individual or group) to assist them in adjusting to visual impairment and blindness.

C8. Enter the total number of program participants that received information and referral to other service providers, programs, and agencies (e.g. senior programs, public and private social service programs, faith-based organizations, consumer groups, etc.) to enhance adjustment, independent living, and integration into the community. Do not include individuals who received only information and referral and for whom no other services were provided.

C9. Enter the total number of individuals served who were provided any other service not listed above.

D. Community Awareness Activities / Information and Referral

D1. Enter the total cost from Title VII-Chapter 2 federal grant funds (D1a) and the total cost from all other sources of program funding (D1b) for providing information and referral services and community awareness activities/events to individuals for whom this was the only service provided (i.e. training for other professionals, telephone inquiries, general inquiries, etc.).

D2. Enter the number of individuals receiving information and referral services for whom this is the only service provided. (optional)

D3. Enter the number of community awareness events/activities in which the Chapter 2 program participated during the reported year (D3a) and the number or estimated number of individuals who benefited from these activities (D3b).

Part V: Comparison of Prior Year Activities to Current Reported Year — Instructions

A1. Program Expenditures and Encumbrances (all sources) Enter the total cost of the program for the prior fiscal year (A1a), and the fiscal year being reported (A1b). The total cost of the program can be found in Part I A7. Calculate the change (plus or minus) from the prior year to the reported year (A1c).

A2. Number of Individuals Served Enter the total number of eligible individuals served in the prior year (A2a), and in the current reported year (A2b). The total number of individuals served can be found in Part III A3. Calculate the change (plus or minus) in the numbers served from the prior year to the reported year (A2c).

A3. Number of Minority Individuals Served Enter the total number of minority individuals served in the prior year (A3a), and in the fiscal year currently being reported (A3b). The total number of minority individuals served is the total of Part III D1+D2+D3+D4+D5 +D7. Calculate the change (plus or minus) in the numbers served from the prior year to the reported year (A3c).

A4. Number of Community Awareness Activities Enter the number of community awareness activities or events in which the Chapter 2 program participated during the prior year (A4a), and in the fiscal year currently being reported (A4b). The number of community awareness activities is found in Part IV D3a. Calculate the change (plus or minus) in the number of events from the prior year to the year being reported (A4c).

A5. Number of Collaborating Agencies and Organizations Enter the number of collaborating organizations or agencies (formal agreements or informal activity) other than Chapter 2 paid sub-grantees or contractors in the prior year (A5a), and in the fiscal year currently being reported (A5b). Calculate the change (plus or minus) from the prior year to the year being reported (A5c).

A6. Number of Sub-grantees/Contractors If you provide services through sub-grantee agencies or contract, enter the number of sub-grantees or contracts in the prior year (A6a), and in the fiscal year currently being reported (A6b). Calculate the change (plus or minus) from the prior year to the year being reported (A6c). If you do not use sub-grantees, enter 0 in A6a, A6b, and A6c.

Part VI: Program Outcomes/Performance Measures — Instructions

A. Enter the number from Part IV B3 in A1. From available program data and evaluations, enter the 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 in A2. (closed/inactive cases only).

In A3, from available program data and evaluations, enter the number of individuals for whom functional gains have not yet been determined at the close of the reporting period (This number would not include those individuals who are no longer receiving services and who either did not make functional gains or maintain functional ability before case closure or inactivity).

B. Enter the number from Part IV C2 in B1. From available program data and evaluations, of those receiving orientation and mobility (O & M) services, enter 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 in B2 (closed/inactive cases only).

In B3, from available program data and evaluations, enter the number of individuals for whom functional gains have not yet been determined at the close of the reporting period (This number would not include those individuals who are no longer receiving services and who either did not make functional gains or maintain functional ability before case closure or inactivity).

C. Enter the number from Part IV C3 in C1. From available program data and evaluations, of those receiving communication skills training, enter the number of individuals who gained or maintained their functional abilities as a result of services they received in C2 (Closed/inactive cases only).

In C3, from available program data and evaluations, enter the number of individuals for whom functional gains have not yet been determined at the close of the reporting period (This number would not include those individuals who are no longer receiving services and who either did not make functional gains or maintain functional ability before case closure or inactivity).

D. Enter the number from Part IV C4 in D1. From available program data and evaluations, of those receiving daily living skills training, enter the 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 In D2 (Closed/inactive cases only).

In D3, enter the Number of individuals for whom functional gains have not yet been determined at the close of the reporting period (This number would not include those individuals who are no longer receiving services and who either did not make functional gains or maintain functional ability before case closure or inactivity).

E1. Enter the 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).

E2. Enter the 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).

E3. Enter the 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).

E4. Enter the number of individuals served who experienced changes in lifestyle for reasons unrelated to vision loss (Closed/inactive cases only). “Change in lifestyle” is defined as any non-vision related event that results in the consumer’s reduced independence, such as moving from a private residence (house or apartment) to another type of residence e.g. living with family, senior living community, assisted living facility, nursing home/long-term facility, etc. Reduced independence could also result in employing a caregiver to enable the consumer continue to live in his/her home. Examples of events that could result in reduced independence of the consumer include loss of spouse and onset or worsening of other health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, etc.

E5. Enter the 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).

Part VII: Training and Technical Assistance — Instructions

On July 22, 2014, Public Law 113-128, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was enacted and included a new requirement under Section 751A that the RSA Commissioner shall conduct a survey of designated State agencies that receive grants under section 752 regarding training and technical assistance needs in order to determine funding priorities for such training and technical assistance. Please enter a brief description of training and technical assistance needs that you may have to assist in the implementation and improvement of the performance of your Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind grant (for example, financial management, reporting requirements on the 7-OB, program management, data analysis and program performance, law and applicable regulations, provision of services and service delivery, promising practices, resources and information, outreach, etc.).

Part VIII: Narrative — Instructions

Self-explanatory.

Part IX: Signature Instructions

Please sign and print the name, title and telephone number of the IL-OIB Program Director.

Part I: Funding Sources And Expenditures

Title VII-Chapter 2 Federal grant award for reported fiscal year763,981
Other federal grant award for reported fiscal year0
Title VII-Chapter 2 carryover from previous year548,905
Other federal grant carryover from previous year0
A. Funding Sources for Expenditures in Reported FY
A1. Title VII-Chapter 21,235,087
A2. Total other federal0
(a) Title VII-Chapter 1-Part B0
(b) SSA reimbursement0
(c) Title XX - Social Security Act0
(d) Older Americans Act0
(e) Other0
A3. State (excluding in-kind)1,001,754
A4. Third party0
A5. In-kind0
A6. Total Matching Funds1,001,754
A7. Total All Funds Expended2,236,841
B. Total expenditures and encumbrances allocated to administrative, support staff, and general overhead costs100,222
C. Total expenditures and encumbrances for direct program services2,136,619

Part II: Staffing

FTE (full time equivalent) is based upon a 40-hour workweek or 2080 hours per year.

A. Full-time Equivalent (FTE)

Program Staff a) Administrative and Support b) Direct Service c) Total
1. FTE State Agency 21.6000 16.2600 37.8600
2. FTE Contractors 0.0000 0.0000 0.0000
3. Total FTE 21.6000 16.2600 37.8600

B. Employed or advanced in employment

a) Number employed b) FTE
1. Employees with Disabilities 13 9.1700
2. Employees with Blindness Age 55 and Older 4 3.1200
3. Employees who are Racial/Ethnic Minorities 5 2.8100
4. Employees who are Women 41 25.5200
5. Employees Age 55 and Older 35 23.2700

C. Volunteers

0.00

Part III: Data on Individuals Served

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.

A. Individuals Served

1. Number of individuals who began receiving services in the previous FY and continued to receive services in the reported FY621
2. Number of individuals who began receiving services in the reported FY818
3. Total individuals served during the reported fiscal year (A1 + A2) 1,439

B. Age

1. 55-59157
2. 60-64130
3. 65-69144
4. 70-74129
5. 75-79173
6. 80-84201
7. 85-89271
8. 90-94174
9. 95-9954
10. 100 & over6
11. Total (must agree with A3)1,439

C. Gender

1. Female997
2. Male442
3. Total (must agree with A3)1,439

D. Race/Ethnicity

For individuals who are non-Hispanic/Latino only

1. Hispanic/Latino of any race25
2. American Indian or Alaska Native1
3. Asian13
4. Black or African American289
5. Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander3
6. White1,105
7. Two or more races3
8. Race and ethnicity unknown (only if consumer refuses to identify)0
9. Total (must agree with A3)1,439

E. Degree of Visual Impairment

1. Totally Blind (LP only or NLP)49
2. Legally Blind (excluding totally blind)834
3. Severe Visual Impairment556
4. Total (must agree with A3)1,439

F. Major Cause of Visual Impairment

1. Macular Degeneration680
2. Diabetic Retinopathy125
3. Glaucoma231
4. Cataracts30
5. Other373
6. Total (must agree with A3)1,439

G. Other Age-Related Impairments

1. Hearing Impairment218
2. Diabetes209
3. Cardiovascular Disease and Strokes372
4. Cancer64
5. Bone, Muscle, Skin, Joint, and Movement Disorders188
6. Alzheimer's Disease/Cognitive Impairment5
7. Depression/Mood Disorder42
8. Other Major Geriatric Concerns391

H. Type of Residence

1. Private residence (house or apartment)1,257
2. Senior Living/Retirement Community90
3. Assisted Living Facility64
4. Nursing Home/Long-term Care facility27
5. Homeless1
6. Total (must agree with A3)1,439

I. Source of Referral

1. Eye care provider (ophthalmologist, optometrist)557
2. Physician/medical provider92
3. State VR agency42
4. Government or Social Service Agency28
5. Veterans Administration12
6. Senior Center14
7. Assisted Living Facility0
8. Nursing Home/Long-term Care facility0
9. Faith-based organization0
10. Independent Living center1
11. Family member or friend249
12. Self-referral327
13. Other117
14. Total (must agree with A3)1,439

Part IV: Types of Services Provided and Resources Allocated

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.

A. Clinical/functional vision assessments and services

Cost Persons Served
1a. Total Cost from VII-2 funds 219,098
1b. Total Cost from other funds 0
2. Vision screening / vision examination / low vision evaluation 825
3. Surgical or therapeutic treatment to prevent, correct, or modify disabling eye conditions 178

B. Assistive technology devices and services

Cost Persons Served
1a. Total Cost from VII-2 funds 263,434
1b. Total Cost from other funds 0
2. Provision of assistive technology devices and aids 1,150
3. Provision of assistive technology services 765

C. Independent living and adjustment training and services

Cost Persons Served
1a. Total Cost from VII-2 funds 1,574,583
1b. Total Cost from other funds 174,954
2. Orientation and Mobility training 395
3. Communication skills 546
4. Daily living skills 1,107
5. Supportive services (reader services, transportation, personal 31
6. Advocacy training and support networks 0
7. Counseling (peer, individual and group) 1,419
8. Information, referral and community integration 93
. Other IL services 234

D. Community Awareness: Events & Activities

Cost a. Events / Activities b. Persons Served
1a. Total Cost from VII-2 funds 3,722
1b. Total Cost from other funds 1,050
2. Information and Referral 0
3. Community Awareness: Events/Activities 94 6,037

Part V: Comparison of Prior Year Activities to Current Reported Year

A. Activity

a) Prior Year b) Reported FY c) Change ( + / - )
1. Program Cost (all sources) 2,249,782 2,236,841 -12,941
2. Number of Individuals Served 1,307 1,439 132
3. Number of Minority Individuals Served 313 334 21
4. Number of Community Awareness Activities 137 94 -43
5. Number of Collaborating agencies and organizations 65 65 0
6. Number of Sub-grantees 0 0

Part VI: Program Outcomes/Performance Measures

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 765 100.00%
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) 369 48.24%
A3. Number of individuals for whom functional gains have not yet been determined at the close of the reporting period. 355 46.41%
B1. Number of individuals who received orientation and mobility (O & M) services 395 100.00%
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) 185 46.84%
B3. Number of individuals for whom functional gains have not yet been determined at the close of the reporting period. 199 50.38%
C1. Number of individuals who received communication skills training 546 100.00%
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) 274 50.18%
C3. Number of individuals for whom functional gains have not yet been determined at the close of the reporting period. 253 46.34%
D1. Number of individuals who received daily living skills training 1,107 100.00%
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) 505 45.62%
D3. Number of individuals for whom functional gains have not yet been determined at the close of the reporting period. 528 47.70%
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) 662 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) 12 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) 117 n/a
E4. Number of individuals served who experienced changes in lifestyle for reasons unrelated to vision loss. (closed/inactive cases only) 328 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) 0 n/a

Part VII: Training and Technical Assistance Needs

Virginia teachers would like to learn how to assist seniors to create support groups in their local areas. Specifically, need guidance on recruiting, record keeping and how to find space in the community to hold regular group meeting. Also would like a review of allowable expenditures for clients. Specifically, curious about adaptive items not related to vision loss, as well as home modifications. Training techniques and strategies in how to teach seniors with combined vision loss and Alzheimer's is needed.

Part VIII: Narrative

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 mission of the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI) is to empower blind, deafblind or visually impaired individuals to achieve their maximum level of vocational, educational and personal independence. Independent Living services under the Older Blind Grant (OBG) are delivered by DBVI utilizing a staff of 22 rehab teachers who devote 78% of their time providing evaluation and direct instruction in a variety of adaptive skills of blindness areas. Additionally, 11 O & M instructors devoted 34% of their time on direct instruction in techniques of independent travel. Three Low Vision staff devoted 57% of their time packaging and distributing low vision aids to the seniors, while 2 deafblind specialists dedicated 33% of their time consulting with teachers and serving seniors with both hearing and vision loss. Title VII, Chapter 2 funds are used to provide comprehensive independent living services for older blind individuals through DBVI barrier free regional offices at Bristol, Fairfax, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke and Staunton, and at the Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired (VRCBVI) in Richmond. Our goal is to provide and arrange for services that enable individuals with significant visual impairment to gain or maintain independence within the home and community, and adjust to their level of impairment. Six hundred sixty-three senior consumers achieved successful outcomes during this grant period, the majority of whom live in the Roanoke Valley again this year. The Bristol area also has a large number of seniors who successfully received OBG services. The provision of comprehensive services enables more individuals to live independently in their homes and communities with maximum self direction, enables others to avoid inappropriate institutionalization and assists many older blind Virginians in accessing appropriate and necessary community resources and services. Community outreach abounds in all areas of the Commonwealth, with the rehabilitation teachers making many presentations at nursing homes, assistive living centers, retirement communities, Centers for Independent Living, senior centers and hospitals. The 22 rehabilitation teachers who provide services to consumers also provided outreach presentations to a wide range of public and private organizations. The focus of the activities is to educate interested individuals about the needs of seniors who are vision impaired, how best to access all DBVI services, and how to access senior related community services. Rehabilitation teachers in all six regional offices have participated in local health fairs, provided in-service training to other state and federal agencies and given numerous presentations at local senior centers. Cumulatively 6,037 potential consumers, their friends and family members, as well as service providers, learned of vision-related services available through 94 presentations given in 43 different localities. The Roanoke and Lynchburg areas had the most activity during this grant year.

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 Virginia Caregivers Coalition continues to be active in its outreach to seniors and their families by offering statewide videoconference trainings and information on resources. The OBG Program Director is a founding member of this Coalition that meets bi-monthly at the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) and includes representatives from AARP, the 25 Area Agencies on Aging statewide, private and non-profit counseling providers, the veterans administration, area hospitals, hospice providers and local universities. Community training at Burkeville Lodge -- In May 2015, teachers and mobility instructors in the Richmond area provided a highly successful Success for Seniors daylong activity. 12 seniors and their “+1” got together at the Burkeville Lodge in rural Virginia. The +ones for the seniors were either spouses, adult children or friends. The daylong program included demonstration of adaptive cooking items and techniques, review of the new digital book players, discussion of portable video magnifiers, sighted guide training for the +1 family members/friends, a group lunch using vision simulators, and adapted games. There was general agreement that the social/psychological aspects of the event were a highlight. Several seniors mentioned that they felt well supported, both emotionally and physically, by the staff. During post event discussion, it was agreed that this event should take place annually and it should move to a new location each year. In August 2015, VRCBVI and the OBG was pleased to host a retreat for seniors titled “Live Active, Live Healthy, Live Modern” that provided training in skills of blindness such as: coping with vision loss, activities in daily living, independent travel, technology, low vision strategies, diabetes education, nutrition and recreational activities. There were eight seniors along with three family members in attendance as well as rehab teachers, mobility instructors and the program director from the Richmond area. Through meeting as a group, participants came together and discussed problems in relation to loss of vision, loss of independence, inability to do tasks they once did, depression, and reaction of family and friends. Together, they identified solutions for problems and issues shared by group members. The seniors were introduced to safe cooking and sewing techniques, methods for labeling medications and personal items, money identification and the use of adaptive tools: i.e., talking clocks, signature guides, etc. Orientation and mobility staff showed seniors how they can still travel safely and independently. Participants learned techniques and strategies for managing their diabetes independently. Seniors learned the benefits of a healthy diet to mind and body The seniors learned the basics of how to access information on the computer using speech software and/or magnification programs and how to send and receive e-mail communication; additionally, they received an introduction to IOS devices. In one of the most popular aspects of the retreat, seniors took advantage of exercise routines to optimize physical fitness and participated in recreational activities designed to demonstrate that they can still enjoy the hobbies and interests they had before vision loss. As a result of their positive experiences in the senior retreat, some of the participants from the 2015 program have requested to return to VRCBVI for an in-depth adjustment to blindness training program. In conjunction with the Older Blind Grant program, VRCBVI will continue to offer a yearly senior retreat to help seniors realize that there is a fulfilling life with vision loss.

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.

Executive Summary of the 2015 Program Participant Survey For Virginia Older Blind Program National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision at Mississippi State University The National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (NRTC) at MSU conducted a Program Participant Survey in FY 2015 as a mail survey to determine the degree of satisfaction consumers experienced with the services and training they received and to gather consumer perceptions about the extent to which they perceived their independence and quality of life had been enhanced by the skills they acquired during the course of their services from the VA Older Blind Grant. NRTC staff developed the survey in conjunction with the Program Director of the Virginia Older Blind Grant and surveys were returned to the NRTC for data entry and analysis. The survey consisted of questions in the following categories: • Types of services provided (10 questions) • Outcome and satisfaction of services provided (Part 1: 7 questions; Part 2: 12 questions) • Program Benefits (checklist) • Consumer demographics (9 questions) This survey was designed to enable the Older Blind Program administrative team to acquire outcome data to report to RSA, plus some additional data that would be useful in program analysis and planning. The survey collected information for each regional office. Surveys were sent to 624 individuals whose cases were closed during FY 2015, the return rate to MSU was 37% (233 surveys). This result is improved over the previous three years: 31% in FY 2014 and 2013, 35% in FY 2012. Overall results of the Program Participant Survey data were favorable. A majority of consumers reported very positive levels of satisfaction with the staff members with whom they worked, their level of instruction, and the quality of services. Demographic and Survey Data With ages ranging from 55 to 101, most respondents (55%) were 80 years old or older. Seventy-four percent were female. Most participants (82%) reported living in a private residence; with others reporting senior living community, assisted living facility, or nursing home. Causes of vision loss included macular degeneration (47%), glaucoma (21%), diabetic retinopathy (9%), and cataracts (3%). Many respondents (21%) listed other causes of blindness, including a combination of the above factors. Consumers were extremely impressed with the manner in which they were served by staff. Ninety-three percent reported receiving services in a timely manner; 95% felt they received their services at a steady pace; 97% reported that staff listened to their feelings; and 96% felt that staff were concerned with their well-being. Consumer satisfaction levels among those participating in the survey were high. In responding to satisfaction questions regarding delivery of services, i.e., manner of service delivery, types of services provided, and perceived outcomes of services---almost all of the participants expressed satisfaction. Out of the seventeen satisfaction questions, one resulted in a satisfaction score less than ninety percent: only 85% agreed that the services they received allowed them to reach their goals. This last question was investigated further. Part 2 of Section 2 of the survey asked consumers whether they had set as a goal any of twelve areas of independence. If they replied that they had desired to improve in a specific area, they were asked if the services received help them accomplish that goal. Only two of these twelve questions resulted in a positive response of more than 90%. Noticeable among the results, only 72% of those who had desired to be more active in their community indicated an improvement in this area, 64% who desired the ability to make home repairs reported being able to do so, and 61% who desired to participate in a peer support group reported benefitting from such a group. This section also provided an insight into consumer priorities: while 87% have improved independence as a goal and 84% wanted to increase their ability to read materials such as books and newspapers, only 22% desired the ability to make minor home repairs and 15% wanted to participate in a peer support group. Consumers were also asked about the major benefits of the services they received. Among the top responses to this question were using low vision devices (84%) and understanding and adjusting to vision loss (69%). Respondents were provided the opportunity to comment on any question, but the comments shed little light on the issue of lower than expected satisfaction levels. For the third year, consumers were provided the opportunity to request a call from NRTC staff to discuss any concerns about services or service providers. These follow-up surveys are still being completed, with the intention of providing an explanation of any negative responses. This explanation will be included in the complete program evaluation report conducted by the NRTC, available after its completion in early 2015. Forty-five days after receipt of the Virginia Older Blind Grant’s 7-0B, the NRTC at MSU will provide the Virginia Older Blind Program with its 2015 Annual Report.

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).

At age 59, Mrs. T was very despondent since she had totally lost her vision and her employment at the same time. After visiting her at home and completing a thorough assessment, OBG services of food preparation techniques, cooking, Library Services, O&M, and sighted guide instruction were provided, she was able to experience a significant growth of confidence. With her adult son’s support and encouragement, Mrs. T entered the DBVI residential training program at VRCBVI. She has now completed her rehab center program and her successes there have been impressive: she has demonstrated confidence in O&M, Keyboarding, Computer (JAWS), Cooking and Braille, as well as physical fitness. Another success story is about very active senior! GH was 94 years old when she called to request that her case be reopened as her vision had worsened since she had previously received DBVI services. A Low Vision exam was arranged and several magnifiers were found to be beneficial to her. She could no longer see her watch, so she was provided with a talking watch. More of her appliances were marked than had been in the past. She could no longer read her address book with a magnifier, so she was shown an assortment of LP address books from which she selected the one which she felt best suited her needs. Sunwear was also provided which increased her comfort indoors and out. She also felt that her hearing was worse so she was referred for DeafBlind Services. She is still using a Pocket Talker which she previously received. She reported that she could no longer hear conversations well on the phone, so amplified phones were recommended and provided for her living room and bedroom. An amplified doorbell was installed so that she could be sure of hearing someone at her door. Ms. H continued to be active throughout her decline in hearing and vision. She went to the Senior Center on a regular basis. She fixed food for people in her apartment complex that needed to be “looked after” for a while and contributed to residents’ pot lucks. She continued to be active in her church, attending services twice a week. She arranged for her own transportation to church, shopping, and doctor visits. The residents of her apartment complex surprised her with a 95th birthday party. She used to paint as a hobby but because of her vision and unsteady hands, she decided to give that up. Instead, she mentors a young painter. Her vision and hearing continued to worsen. She called one day to request that the magnifiers she could no longer use be picked up and to report that the Senior Center had given her a used CCTV that had been donated to them. Her RT taught her to use it to read her mail and pay her bills. As her hearing continued to decline she found that the Pocket Talker was no longer adequate. DeafBlind Services recommended that she should be evaluated for hearing aids. She was provided with hearing aids and has arranged for her own transportation back to the hearing center several times to get them adjusted to suit her. She reports that with them she is able to be a full participant her in church and other social situations. Ms. H has expressed her gratitude for DBVI services many times. She said that even though she worked until she was 78 and saved for her retirement, she has outlived her money. Without DBVI services as part of the Older Blind Grant program she would never have been able to afford the aids that she has been given to keep her active. Our final example is of collaborative teamwork between independent living services and vocational services. Ms. C is a 69 year old woman with Diabetic Retinopathy. She was referred for vocational rehabilitation services by her rehabilitation teacher and received job development and placement assistance. After several years of OBG services, she had gained confidence to live independently and return to work. She started her IL training while living at her daughter’s residence. Then she moved to her granddaughter’s residence, and for the last 2 years has been living in an assistive living apartment on her own. She has successfully adapted to her new residence by using a large print calendar for scheduling, a large button phone for telephone usage, and various low vision aids. She has accomplished her goals one by one over the years. Since she recently moved to an assistive living facility, she was ready to look for a job to supplement her SSDI income. She explored career choices and options with the VR counselor and went for greeter/food demo and customer services representative given her outgoing personality and experiences as a career nurse. Job development services were provided to assist her with job leads, job applications, and interviews. In just two months, she got a job at Costco as a food demo person. She makes $11.50 per hour for 25-29 hours a week. She is able to take public transportation to travel to and from work. She is extremely happy with this employment outcome. She is also very proud of herself for all the things she has accomplished with the help of Older Blind Grant services. She is an energetic & high spirited person.

E. Finally, note any problematic areas or concerns related to implementing the Title VII-Chapter 2 program in your state.

The agency’s plan to encourage referrals all across the Commonwealth continues to raise awareness of specialized services for seniors. Each rehab teacher meets regularly with AAAs and senior center staff in their individual territories. The teachers also visit local ophthalmology practices, leaving agency brochures and business cards to encourage referrals for independent living skills training. This outreach activity has resulted in an increase of seniors seeking services from DBVI through the older blind grant. In spite of continuing budget challenges at both the state and federal level, the long-lasting positive effects of the OBG program provide inspiration and reinforcement to all agency staff as we carry out our daily activities. We are ever mindful of our ability to make a positive difference in the lives of so many of the Commonwealth’s senior citizens who are vision impaired.

Part IX: Signature

Please sign and print the name, title and telephone number of the IL-OIB Program Director below.

I certify that the data herein reported are statistically accurate to the best of my knowledge.

Signed byJane Ward Solomon
TitleOBG Program Director and Director of Instruction
Telephone804-371-3112
Date signed12/18/2015