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

RSA-7-OB for New Mexico Commission for the Blind - H177B180031 report through September 30, 2018

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 year225,000
Other federal grant award for reported fiscal year313
Title VII-Chapter 2 carryover from previous year-2,709
Other federal grant carryover from previous year-24
A. Funding Sources for Expenditures in Reported FY
A1. Title VII-Chapter 2159,755
A2. Total other federal456,383
(a) Title VII-Chapter 1-Part B17,040
(b) SSA reimbursement439,055
(c) Title XX - Social Security Act0
(d) Older Americans Act0
(e) Other288
A3. State (excluding in-kind)217,477
A4. Third party0
A5. In-kind0
A6. Total Matching Funds217,477
A7. Total All Funds Expended833,615
B. Total expenditures and encumbrances allocated to administrative, support staff, and general overhead costs33,336
C. Total expenditures and encumbrances for direct program services800,279

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 3.8400 8.0800 11.9200
2. FTE Contractors 0.0000 0.0000 0.0000
3. Total FTE 3.8400 8.0800 11.9200

B. Employed or advanced in employment

a) Number employed b) FTE
1. Employees with Disabilities 4 3.3000
2. Employees with Blindness Age 55 and Older 2 1.3000
3. Employees who are Racial/Ethnic Minorities 9 4.5700
4. Employees who are Women 11 7.0700
5. Employees Age 55 and Older 9 4.6000

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 FY131
2. Number of individuals who began receiving services in the reported FY200
3. Total individuals served during the reported fiscal year (A1 + A2) 331

B. Age

1. 55-5927
2. 60-6430
3. 65-6925
4. 70-7436
5. 75-7947
6. 80-8455
7. 85-8960
8. 90-9436
9. 95-9914
10. 100 & over1
11. Total (must agree with A3)331

C. Gender

1. Female207
2. Male124
3. Total (must agree with A3)331

D. Race/Ethnicity

For individuals who are non-Hispanic/Latino only

1. Hispanic/Latino of any race82
2. American Indian or Alaska Native9
3. Asian0
4. Black or African American7
5. Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander0
6. White227
7. Two or more races6
8. Race and ethnicity unknown (only if consumer refuses to identify)0
9. Total (must agree with A3)331

E. Degree of Visual Impairment

1. Totally Blind (LP only or NLP)5
2. Legally Blind (excluding totally blind)306
3. Severe Visual Impairment20
4. Total (must agree with A3)331

F. Major Cause of Visual Impairment

1. Macular Degeneration166
2. Diabetic Retinopathy27
3. Glaucoma63
4. Cataracts9
5. Other66
6. Total (must agree with A3)331

G. Other Age-Related Impairments

1. Hearing Impairment8
2. Diabetes0
3. Cardiovascular Disease and Strokes0
4. Cancer0
5. Bone, Muscle, Skin, Joint, and Movement Disorders0
6. Alzheimer's Disease/Cognitive Impairment0
7. Depression/Mood Disorder0
8. Other Major Geriatric Concerns0

H. Type of Residence

1. Private residence (house or apartment)316
2. Senior Living/Retirement Community4
3. Assisted Living Facility6
4. Nursing Home/Long-term Care facility5
5. Homeless0
6. Total (must agree with A3)331

I. Source of Referral

1. Eye care provider (ophthalmologist, optometrist)56
2. Physician/medical provider47
3. State VR agency7
4. Government or Social Service Agency5
5. Veterans Administration1
6. Senior Center2
7. Assisted Living Facility2
8. Nursing Home/Long-term Care facility0
9. Faith-based organization0
10. Independent Living center0
11. Family member or friend75
12. Self-referral81
13. Other55
14. Total (must agree with A3)331

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 6,463
1b. Total Cost from other funds 22,463
2. Vision screening / vision examination / low vision evaluation 40
3. Surgical or therapeutic treatment to prevent, correct, or modify disabling eye conditions 0

B. Assistive technology devices and services

Cost Persons Served
1a. Total Cost from VII-2 funds 52,511
1b. Total Cost from other funds 182,515
2. Provision of assistive technology devices and aids 318
3. Provision of assistive technology services 7

C. Independent living and adjustment training and services

Cost Persons Served
1a. Total Cost from VII-2 funds 126,672
1b. Total Cost from other funds 440,282
2. Orientation and Mobility training 114
3. Communication skills 99
4. Daily living skills 240
5. Supportive services (reader services, transportation, personal 0
6. Advocacy training and support networks 0
7. Counseling (peer, individual and group) 331
8. Information, referral and community integration 0
. Other IL services 0

D. Community Awareness: Events & Activities

Cost a. Events / Activities b. Persons Served
1a. Total Cost from VII-2 funds 0
1b. Total Cost from other funds 0
2. Information and Referral 0
3. Community Awareness: Events/Activities 31 423

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) 740,691 833,615 92,924
2. Number of Individuals Served 324 331 7
3. Number of Minority Individuals Served 113 104 -9
4. Number of Community Awareness Activities 870 423 -447
5. Number of Collaborating agencies and organizations 177 107 -70
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 7 100.00%
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) 4 57.14%
A3. Number of individuals for whom functional gains have not yet been determined at the close of the reporting period. 4 57.14%
B1. Number of individuals who received orientation and mobility (O & M) services 114 100.00%
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) 37 32.46%
B3. Number of individuals for whom functional gains have not yet been determined at the close of the reporting period. 67 58.77%
C1. Number of individuals who received communication skills training 99 100.00%
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) 37 37.37%
C3. Number of individuals for whom functional gains have not yet been determined at the close of the reporting period. 59 59.60%
D1. Number of individuals who received daily living skills training 240 100.00%
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) 100 41.67%
D3. Number of individuals for whom functional gains have not yet been determined at the close of the reporting period. 135 56.25%
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) 140 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) 6 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) 15 n/a
E4. Number of individuals served who experienced changes in lifestyle for reasons unrelated to vision loss. (closed/inactive cases only) 62 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) 7 n/a

Part VII: Training and Technical Assistance Needs

The Title VII-Chapter 2 program currently has nine Blindness Skills Instructor positions across New Mexico. In-house training increased significantly during the year. Training was provided on twelve formal occasions during FFY 2018. Sessions ranged from two-hour teleconference meetings/trainings to attendance at a Unified English Braille workshop, to attendance at a technology skills workshop, to attendance at the annual conference of the National Federation of the Blind of New Mexico. The Commission's teaching staff is in need of support and advanced training in working with consumers who are deaf/blind. The proportion of consumers presenting with both disabilities continues to increase yet funding to support training has been scarce.

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 Older Blind Program of the NM Commission for the Blind has 9 full time equivalent Blindness Skills Instructor positions throughout New Mexico. The Commission does not employ sub-grantees or contractors. Outreach efforts include but are not limited to the following: presentations at senior health fairs; training provided to caregivers, occupational, and physical therapists; development and support of peer support groups; regular visits to senior centers throughout urban and rural New Mexico; collaboration and coordination with medical providers; and awareness-raising speaking engagements and guest appearances on radio stations with a rural reach. A representative sample of outreach efforts include but are not limited to the following: annual visits to Navajo Nation Chapter Houses in New Mexico; presentations to Physical and Occupational therapists working with blind consumers at the University of New Mexico Medical Center; training provided to numerous home health care providers in rural and urban New Mexico; presentations to community groups including but not limited to the Lions Club, Rotary Club chapters, Senior Citizen and Community Centers throughout the state, Santa Fe Ride Senior/Paratransit, Meals on Wheels, Kitchen Angels, Good Samaritan Society, and Adult protective Services; outreach to dialysis centers throughout New Mexico; attendance and presentations at ADA-related community awareness events; training and outreach to the Acoma Pueblo Diabetes Program; and regular visits to rural health clinics.

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 former Manager of the Assistive Technology Program is a nationally recognized expert in assistive technology for persons who are blind or visually impaired. He conducted training sessions for the teaching staff on emerging technology and was available as needed for particular situations that require his expertise. As more consumers obtain smartphones and other technology, Blindness Skills Instructors must remain current in order to support, train, and teach Commission consumers how to use these items. Those who are able to integrate the new technology into their lives report a greater sense of independence and confidence. The Manager of Assistive Technology had served on the Statewide Independent Living Council as well as the New Mexico Technology Assistance Program Advisory Council. Unfortunately, he retired in late August and the agency is recruiting to find a candidate to fill the position. Blindness Skills Instructors attended regular training sessions during FFY 2018. The sessions were designed to increase their capacity in a variety of areas including technology, assistive technology, the Unified English Braille Code, and a wide variety of blindness-related skills that will enable them to better serve older blind New Mexicans. In April, 2018, the Deputy Director for Vocational Rehabilitation and Independent Living attended the American Foundation for the Blind Leadership Conference workshop for administrators of the Older Individuals who are Blind Program in Oakland, California.

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.

Classic methods such as direct mail and telephone surveys do not offer the accessibility, confidentiality, and return rate that is needed to ascertain consumer satisfaction. A mail survey cannot be relied upon as it is in print, will require assistance for many respondents, and is unreliable given an anticipated low return rate. Contacting current or past consumers by telephone to conduct a survey of sorts is dicey as many will not answer the phone if the caller is not apparent, and seniors are doubly cautious about giving any information over the phone regardless of who professes to be the caller. Many seniors, and others, are reluctant to speak to anyone they do not know given heightened concerns about fraud, misrepresentation, and scams. Instead, the Deputy Director and his technician monitor case progression and review all cases before approval for closure is given. Case notes, authorizations, and the consumer's agreement and understanding of his/her case closure are reviewed to ensure that the consumer's needs were met. Lastly, each consumer is provided with contact information for the Client Assistance Program at case opening so that the consumer has the information needed if she/he feels that the Commission is not providing necessary services. At case closure, a letter is sent to the consumer with the CAP information provided again so that the consumer is aware that there is recourse if she/he is dissatisfied with Commission services.

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).

The impact of the Title VII-Chapter 2 program in New Mexico is measured best by consumers' personal stories. The following four stories are written by the servicing Blindness Skills Instructors: 1. One of my most successful cases was that of a retired teacher with age-related macular degeneration. He was reluctant to seek help so his son made the initial contact with our agency. After teaching for over 32 years he seemed to be in denial about his eye disorder. I remember him making an all-too-common statement, “I can still see OK to drive around town so I’m fine”. Although he lives in a very small community with just a handful of busy streets, I felt it was my responsibility to discuss the agency guidance on driving and the pros and cons of driving with an eye disorder such as AMD. He understood the risk in which he was placing himself and others and voluntarily gave up his driver’s license. Other than driving, his number one priority for contacting our agency was to continue reading the newspaper and other publications such as magazines. After reviewing his eye report and conducting a low-vision evaluation, I provided him with a SmartLux video magnifier. He was ecstatic! He could read again. The video magnifier gave him back the ability to read mail and medication bottles, however, reading in this way would get tedious and tiresome after a period of time. Thus, I then introduced him to both Newsline services offered by our agency, New Mexico Newsline for the Blind and also National Federation of the Blind Newsline. Not only could he read state-wide newspapers and magazines, now he could listen to newspapers from other states and keep up with national news, trends, and political opinions at that time. Aside from the abovementioned services, he was also having difficulty dialing phone numbers to make appointments from his home phone. I provided the equipment and training on a large-button phone that announces the numbers as they are pressed. He’s now able to dial by touch and the announcement feature gives him confirmation of the numbers he is pressing. Although he is extremely grateful for all these services and adaptive aids he frequently remarks that he could not make it for a day without his atomic talking watch. With the press of a button he now has access to the time of day as well as the correct date. This gentleman has been one of the most pleasant cases I have had in almost 11 years, and his personal success depicts one of this agency’s mission statements: that of remaining independent in spite of vision loss. 2. When I met this 66 year old gentleman he was living in a basement where he had to go outside and upstairs into the house where he was renting to reach the bathroom or kitchen. He had a microwave and small apartment refrigerator in his basement room. He was living off ramen noodles, and microwave hot pockets. He was almost totally blind with only light perception. He had been to the ophthalmologist about two years prior and was told that he had glaucoma, was blind, and that there was no cure. The ophthalmologist gave no indication that any help was available to retain or possibly improve his sight. The doctor neither made any referrals nor prescribed any medications. The consumer is a bit of an old hippie who just accepted this and did nothing. He did not take action to visit another ophthalmologist because he did not think he had insurance and there was no hope for his sight anyway. We determined that he had been on Medicare and did not know it. The consumer was referred to the NM Commission for the Blind by his brother who was helping him with his finances but lived out of state and could not assist in other ways. I got in contact with Choices Center for Independence in Carlsbad for additional assistance. The Choices case worker and I worked closely together to help improve the consumer's life. We got him an appointment with a glaucoma specialist some 200 miles away. I got a volunteer to transport him to his appointments for gas money. Upon arrival at his first appointment the specialist scheduled him for surgery the next morning. The doctor inserted valves in his eyes to relieve the pressure in the eyes. His sight almost immediately improved. He was sent home with eye drops and prescriptions for glaucoma medicine. In the meantime I was working with the consumer on his blindness skills including cooking, orientation and mobility, and other daily living skills. We discussed his living conditions which the consumer was not willing to change. His landlord attempted to have him evicted and the Choices case worker and I worked with the landlord to let him stay until suitable accommodations could be found. It took Choices & CFB working together a couple of months but we found HUD housing in a new apartment complex about 45 miles away in the next town. I got a group from a local church to move him the 45 miles to his new home. The surgery was successful and his eyesight improved greatly. He is still legally blind but his vision has improved to the point that he can watch TV and move about without his cane inside his home. He was closed successfully in 2018 after a year of services from the Commission. 3. A gentleman was referred to CFTB by his daughter. She was informed about blind services from his eye specialist. He has glaucoma and loss lots of sight. He’s been diabetic for many years and is on dialysis. His daughter had to quit her job to care for him because of his vision impairment. His wife runs a business nearby and is limited in her ability to care for him. His family brought up concerns about him to his eye specialist. He was depressed, frustrated, angry, and had low self-esteem as a result of his vision impairment. His doctor suggested they contact CFTB. During initial interview he remarked, “Getting on dialysis was depressing enough and becoming blind made it worst”. He missed reading his own mail, bills, prescription bottles, and newspapers; and was no longer able to use a traditional clock or microwave. His mobility became more unsafe as he was walking into things in his path. Trying to explain his blindness to people after bumping into them was difficult and embarrassing. He didn’t want to be a burden to his family since they were busy running the family business. He was fitted with stand and hand held magnifiers along with a Ruby digital magnifier. He was very thrilled he could read again with visual aids. He no longer had to wait for anyone to read to him. He started using New Mexico and National Federation of the Blind Newsline to access newspapers and enjoys staying informed. He learned to use a mobility cane and now takes it with him to his dialysis treatments. He no longer has to explain his blindness. He keeps track of time with his talking watch and clock. His microwave has tactile markings and he has no trouble using it. His family has taken notice of his increased independence, his increased interest in leisure reading, and his increased ability to navigate around his home and the dialysis treatment facility more safely. They see that he has gained confidence in dealing with his blindness. His family has more confidence in his ability to stay home alone during the day. After receiving blind services, his life and the lives of his family have changed for the positive and they all realize life can be lived successfully even with blindness. He is so excited about CFTB services and how those services have improved his life as a blind person. He now encourages others to utilize blind services. He thanks the staff involved with his case for providing encouragement and believing in him and his ability to overcome obstacles. 4. I worked with a 75 year old individual who felt incredibly challenged in losing his vision. As a computer programmer in the past, this individual was technically inclined and had spent a great deal of time on his computer researching various topics, emailing his friends and family and reading the newspaper online prior to losing his vision. In addition to tech concerns, he was struggling to do daily activities such as cooking, adjusting the thermostat, and checking his glucose level. An electronic magnifier was supplied to this individual along with a natural light goose neck hobby lamp. The Electronic Magnifier helped this individual a great deal as he was now able to see the thermostat, the stove dials, and most importantly, read his insulin pump. The lamp we provided him with helped him see the keys on his keyboard and the Zoom Text demo we provided him allowed him to sample a program that would work with his email application in which he was very pleased with and excited about. He was now able to use his computer as he did in the past. Prior to closing his case, this individual researched assistive technology devices on his own and purchased an IPad in which he planned to download various low vision applications. This individual went from feeling defeated to feeling empowered and once again living his life.

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

I do not believe that there are any significant problem areas or concerns related to implementing the Title VII-Chapter 2 program in New Mexico. The Commission has been able to provide services to all who are referred to the Older Blind program in a timely manner. At the end of the reporting period, we had two vacancies among our Blindness Skills Instructor team. One was being reclassified into a first-level supervisor that would carry a partial caseload and one was being held vacant temporarily due to funding concerns. Two of the instructors are bilingual English/Spanish, while one is bilingual English/Navajo. All but the most recently-hired have between ten and twenty years of experience teaching independent living skills. We do not have a waiting list for services, and those who seek services are generally contacted within one week of the referral date. The two concerns I can note relate to distance and travel time, and the increasing number of individuals who seek help with respect to using the computer and other technology such as smart phones. Many of our new referrals are for those who were computer-literate before losing vision, and these individuals want training so that they can continue to communicate via email and perform other online tasks. This phenomenon adds another layer of need which requires added time and training for the teachers who are already heavily scheduled. We have started providing technology training to the Blindness Skills Instructors so that they may deliver the technology training desired by their consumers. However, the overall implementation of the Title VII-Chapter 2 program continues to be sound, solid, and successful in training consumers to live independently.

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 byJames L. Salas
TitleDeputy Director
Telephone505-841-8844
Date signed12/06/2018