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Rehabilitation Services Administration
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Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind

Purpose



Program Office: Rehabilitation Services Administration

CFDA Number: 84.177
Program Type: Formula and Discretionary Grants


Program Description


Grants are made to states to support services for individuals age 55 or older whose severe visual impairment makes competitive employment difficult to obtain but for whom independent living goals are feasible.


Types of Projects


Funds are used to: provide independent living services to older individuals who are blind; conduct activities that will improve or expand services for these individuals; and conduct activities to improve public understanding of the problems facing these individuals. For example, services are provided to help persons served under this program adjust to their blindness by increasing their ability to care for their individual needs.


Additional Information


The purpose of the Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind (OIB) program is to

  1. provide independent living services to older individuals who are blind;
  2. conduct activities that will improve or expand services for these individuals; and
  3. conduct activities to improve public understanding of these individuals’ challenges.
An "older individual who is blind" is an individual age 55 or older whose significant visual impairment makes competitive employment extremely difficult to attain but for whom independent living goals are feasible. Through these services and activities, the program seeks to improve independent living options for older individuals who are blind and increase their independence and self-sufficiency.

Grantees are state vocational rehabilitation agencies for persons who are blind and visually impaired or, in states with no separate agency for persons who are blind, state vocational rehabilitation agencies authorized to serve all individuals with disabilities.

Formula grants for the OIB program are current-funded. However, the Act contains a provision allowing all Title VII grantees to carry over unobligated funds for an additional fiscal year. States participating in the OIB program must match every $9 of federal funds with $1 in nonfederal cash or in-kind resources in the year for which the federal funds are appropriated. Any designated state agency (DSA) is eligible for an award under this program if the DSA (a) is authorized to provide rehabilitation services to individuals who are blind and (b) submits to and obtains approval from the Secretary of an application that meets the requirements of section 752(h) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; and §§ 367.30 – 367.31 of the implementing regulations.

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Eligibility



Who May Apply: (specifically) State vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies serving individuals who are blind may apply.

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Awards to Grantees

Note on this table: the numbers shown represent the awards made during the fiscal year to RSA grantees. There may be additional set-asides for the program which are not shown.

State Grantee PR Award ID Current Awards FY 2020 Total Awarded FY 2019 Total Awarded FY 2018
Alabama Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services H177B200001 $471,536 $471,951 $479,726
Alaska Alaska Dept of Labor and Workforce Development - Division of Vocational Rehab H177B200002 $225,000 $225,000 $225,000
Arizona Arizona Rehabilitation Services Administration H177B200003 $676,483 $664,621 $672,603
Arkansas Arkansas Division of Services for the Blind H177B200063 $283,719 $285,148 $408,646
California California Department of Rehabilitation H177B200005 $3,324,910 $3,354,064 $3,380,180
Colorado Colorado Department of Labor and Employment H177B200059 $483,370 $479,607 $484,805
Connecticut Services for the Blind, Vocational Rehabilitation Program H177B200007 $358,398 $361,171 $363,652
Delaware Delaware Division for the Visually Impaired - DHHS Campus H177B200008 $225,000 $225,000 $225,000
District of Columbia Rehabilitation Services Administration, DC Dept. on Disability Services H177B200051 $225,000 $225,000 $225,000
Florida Florida Division of Blind Services H177B200057 $2,295,872 $2,276,447 $2,292,381
Georgia Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency H177B200058 $871,438 $872,855 $871,332
Hawaii Hawaii Division of Vocational Rehabilitation H177B200011 $225,000 $225,000 $225,000
Idaho Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired H177B200012 $225,000 $225,000 $225,000
Illinois Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services H177B200013 $1,164,784 $1,173,466 $1,186,003
Indiana Indiana Bureau of Rehabilitation Services H177B200014 $612,691 $614,229 $624,374
Iowa Iowa Department for the Blind H177B200015 $304,614 $306,242 $312,867
Kansas Kansas Department for Children and Families H177B200016 $265,984 $266,925 $272,561
Kentucky Kentucky Office for the Blind H177B180017 $429,319
Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (KY-C) H177B200017 $423,670 $423,560
Louisiana Louisiana Rehabilitation Services H177B200018 $421,137 $421,884 $427,931
Maine Maine Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired H177B200019 $225,000 $225,000 $225,000
Maryland Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services H177B200020 $554,640 $555,952 $561,329
Massachusetts Massachusetts Commission for the Blind H177B200021 $661,467 $661,419 $668,803
Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons H177B200064 $993,509 $995,286 $1,009,929
Minnesota Minnesota State Services for the Blind H177B200023 $523,470 $522,306 $528,555
Mississippi Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services H177B200024 $272,992 $275,012 $278,431
Missouri Missouri Rehabilitation Services for the Blind H177B200025 $594,405 $594,865 $602,346
Montana Montana Disability Employment and Transitions Division H177B200026 $225,000 $225,000 $225,000
Nebraska Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired H177B200027 $225,000 $225,000 $225,000
Nevada Nevada Rehabilitation Division H177B200028 $271,296 $269,465 $270,538
New Hampshire New Hampshire Division of Career Technology and Adult Learning H177B200029 $225,000 $225,000 $225,000
New Jersey New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired H177B200030 $845,474 $854,861 $863,222
New Mexico New Mexico Commission for the Blind H177B200031 $225,000 $225,000 $225,000
New York New York Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped H177B200032 $1,848,259 $1,883,019 $1,881,522
North Carolina North Carolina Division of Services for the Blind H177B200033 $964,606 $955,236 $963,256
North Dakota North Dakota Division of Vocational Rehabilitation H177B200034 $225,000 $225,000 $225,000
Ohio Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities H177B200035 $1,148,413 $1,153,208 $1,174,400
Oklahoma Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services H177B200036 $354,419 $354,809 $361,819
Oregon Oregon Commission for the Blind H177B200037 $408,396 $407,357 $415,524
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation H177B200038 $1,318,634 $1,327,225 $1,354,197
Rhode Island Rhode Island Office of Rehabilitation Services H177B200039 $225,000 $225,000 $225,000
South Carolina South Carolina Commission for the Blind H177B200040 $502,018 $496,958 $499,634
South Dakota South Dakota Division of Services to the Blind and Visually Impaired H177B200041 $225,000 $225,000 $225,000
Tennessee Tennessee Division of Rehabilitation Services H177B200042 $635,035 $632,587 $641,764
Texas Texas Workforce Commission H177B200060 $2,174,499 $2,159,283 $2,172,726
Utah Utah State Office of Rehabilitation H177B200061 $225,000 $225,000 $225,000
Vermont Vermont Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired H177B200045 $225,000 $225,000 $225,000
Virginia Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired H177B200046 $770,566 $767,441 $776,167
Washington Washington Department of Services for the Blind H177B200047 $676,022 $672,728 $681,139
West Virginia West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services H177B200062 $225,000 $225,000 $225,000
Wisconsin Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation H177B200049 $576,351 $574,695 $583,478
Wyoming Wyoming Division of Vocational Rehabilitation H177B200050 $225,000 $225,000 $225,000
American Samoa American Samoa Office of Vocational Rehabilitation H177B200053 $40,000 $40,000 $40,000
Guam Guam Division of Vocational Rehabilitation H177B200054 $40,000 $40,000
Northern Marianas Northern Marianas Office of Vocational Rehabilitation H177B200055 $40,000 $40,000 $40,000
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Vocational Rehabilitation Administration H177B200052 $346,047 $353,242 $355,420
Virgin Islands Virgin Islands Division for Disabilities and Rehabilitation Services H177B200056 $40,000 $40,000 $40,000

Performance



Grantees report progress on an annual basis to RSA on the RSA-7-OB form. Grantees submit their annual performance reports on-line using the https://rsa.ed.gov web site.

For more information about the RSA-7OB including instructions, please see PD-16-01—"Announcement of OMB Approval for Form RSA-7-OB, Independent Living Services for Older Individuals who are Blind Program (ILOIB) Annual Report"
Nov 30, 2015 — PDF (320KB)

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Total Awards to RSA Grantees

Note on this table: the numbers shown represent the sum of awards made during the fiscal year to RSA grantees. There may be additional set-asides for the program which are not shown.

CFDA Number Program Number of Awards FY-2020 Current Awards FY-2020 Total Awarded FY-2019 Total Awarded FY-2018
84.177 Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind 56 $32,384,124 $32,384,124 $32,835,579

Resources





GAN Attachments


The following documents are standard attachments to a Grant Award Notification (GAN).

(September 5, 2017)



 


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Contacts



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