ED/OSERS/RSA
Rehabilitation Services Administration
ED

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 programs is to maximize the leadership, empowerment, independence, and productivity of individuals with disabilities and to integrate these individuals into the mainstream of American society. Independent living programs provide financial assistance to provide, expand and improve independent living services; develop and support statewide networks of centers for independent living; and improve working relationships among state independent living rehabilitation programs, centers for independent living, statewide Independent living councils (SILCs), Rehabilitation Act programs outside of Title VII, and other relevant federal and nonfederal programs.

Formula grants for the independent living programs 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 State Grants and Older Blind programs 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. To be eligible for financial assistance under the independent living state grants or Centers for Independent Living programs, states are required to establish an SILC. Each state must also submit a state plan for independent living that is jointly developed and signed by the director of the designated state vocational rehabilitation unit(s) (DSU) and the chairperson of the SILC.

The independent living services for older individuals who are blind program supports services to assist individuals aged 55 or older whose recent severe visual impairment makes competitive employment extremely difficult to obtain, but for whom independent living goals are feasible. Funds are used to provide independent living services, conduct activities that will improve or expand services for these individuals and conduct activities to improve public understanding of the problems of these individuals. Services are designed to help persons served under this program to adjust to their blindness by increasing their ability to care for their individual needs.

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 combined vocational rehabilitation agencies.

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Notice Inviting Applications for the OSERS/RSA Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind — Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind Training and Technical Assistance Program (CFDA Number 84.177Z)


A notice was published in the Federal Register on July 22, 2015 for the Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind Training and Technical Assistance Program inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2015.

(July 22, 2015)

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Eligibility



Who May Apply: (by category) Other Organizations and/or Agencies.

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 2016 Total Awarded FY 2015 Total Awarded FY 2014
Alabama Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services H177B160001 $479,980 $479,980 $494,757
Alaska Alaska Dept of Labor and Workforce Development - Division of Vocational Rehab H177B160002 $225,000 $225,000 $225,000
Arizona Arizona Rehabilitation Services Administration H177B160003 $643,759 $643,759 $653,398
Arkansas Arkansas Division of Services for the Blind H177B160004 $293,860 $293,860 $303,579
California California Department of Rehabilitation H177B160005 $3,297,919 $3,297,919 $3,350,574
Colorado Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation H177B160006 $464,593 $464,593 $472,304
Connecticut Services for the Blind, Vocational Rehabilitation Program H177B160007 $364,819 $364,819 $376,372
Delaware Delaware Division for the Visually Impaired - DHHS Campus H177B160008 $225,000 $225,000 $225,000
District of Columbia Rehabilitation Services Administration, DC Dept. on Disability Services H177B160051 $225,000 $225,000 $225,000
Florida Florida Division of Blind Services H177B160057 $2,200,905 $2,200,905 $2,247,837
Georgia Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency H177B160058 $845,343 $845,343 $855,790
Hawaii Hawaii Division of Vocational Rehabilitation H177B160011 $225,000 $225,000 $225,000
Idaho Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired H177B160012 $225,000 $225,000 $225,000
Illinois Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services H177B160013 $1,200,667 $1,200,667 $1,223,854
Indiana Indiana Bureau of Rehabilitation Services H177B160014 $624,212 $624,212 $640,382
Iowa Iowa Department for the Blind H177B160015 $315,736 $315,736 $325,101
Kansas Kansas Department for Children and Families H177B160016 $273,878 $273,878 $280,488
Kentucky Kentucky Office for the Blind H177B160017 $431,718 $431,718 $443,070
Louisiana Louisiana Rehabilitation Services H177B160018 $426,138 $426,138 $437,298
Maine Maine Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired H177B160019 $225,000 $225,000 $225,000
Maryland Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services H177B160020 $552,590 $552,590 $564,357
Massachusetts Massachusetts Commission for the Blind H177B160021 $669,384 $669,384 $680,552
Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons H177B160022 $1,014,543 $1,014,543 $1,040,306
Minnesota Minnesota State Services for the Blind H177B160023 $520,746 $520,746 $528,774
Mississippi Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services H177B160024 $280,937 $280,937 $288,754
Missouri Missouri Rehabilitation Services for the Blind H177B160025 $606,675 $606,675 $619,369
Montana Montana Disability Employment and Transitions Division H177B160026 $225,000 $225,000 $225,000
Nebraska Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired H177B160027 $225,000 $225,000 $225,000
Nevada Nevada Rehabilitation Division H177B160028 $257,051 $257,051 $260,523
New Hampshire New Hampshire Division of Career Technology and Adult Learning H177B160029 $225,000 $225,000 $225,000
New Jersey New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired H177B160030 $867,737 $867,737 $885,859
New Mexico New Mexico Commission for the Blind H177B160031 $225,000 $225,000 $225,000
New York New York Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped H177B160032 $1,902,009 $1,902,009 $1,946,403
North Carolina North Carolina Division of Services for the Blind H177B160033 $946,121 $946,121 $958,510
North Dakota North Dakota Division of Vocational Rehabilitation H177B160034 $225,000 $225,000 $225,000
Ohio Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities H177B160035 $1,186,291 $1,186,291 $1,217,239
Oklahoma Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services H177B160036 $363,029 $363,029 $374,739
Oregon Oregon Commission for the Blind H177B160037 $409,972 $409,972 $419,320
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation H177B160038 $1,373,735 $1,373,735 $1,412,308
Rhode Island Rhode Island Office of Rehabilitation Services H177B160039 $225,000 $225,000 $225,000
South Carolina South Carolina Commission for the Blind H177B160040 $480,980 $480,980 $491,519
South Dakota South Dakota Division of Services to the Blind and Visually Impaired H177B160041 $225,000 $225,000 $225,000
Tennessee Tennessee Division of Rehabilitation Services H177B160042 $638,053 $638,053 $655,196
Texas Texas Division for Blind Services H177B160043 $2,085,836 $2,085,836 $2,122,234
Utah Utah State Office of Rehabilitation H177B160044 $225,000 $225,000 $225,000
Vermont Vermont Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired H177B160045 $225,000 $225,000 $225,000
Virginia Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired H177B160046 $763,981 $763,981 $778,551
Washington Washington Department of Services for the Blind H177B160047 $664,758 $664,758 $674,711
West Virginia West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services H177B160048 $225,000 $225,000 $225,000
Wisconsin Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation H177B160049 $580,534 $580,534 $590,908
Wyoming Wyoming Division of Vocational Rehabilitation H177B160050 $225,000 $225,000 $225,000
American Samoa American Samoa Office of Vocational Rehabilitation H177B160053 $40,000 $40,000 $40,000
Guam Guam Division of Vocational Rehabilitation H177B160054 $40,000 $40,000 $40,000
Northern Marianas Northern Marianas Office of Vocational Rehabilitation H177B160055 $40,000 $40,000 $40,000
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Vocational Rehabilitation Administration H177B160052 $370,635 $370,635 $383,894
Virgin Islands Virgin Islands Division for Disabilities and Rehabilitation Services H177B160056 $40,000 $40,000 $40,000

Performance



Grantees report progress on an annual basis to RSA on the RSA-7-OB form. Since October 2008, grantees have had the ability to submit their annual performance reports on-line using the https://rsa.ed.gov web site.

RSA-7-OB Instructions
MS Word (132KB) | PDF (82KB)

See also Monitoring of the Independent Living Programs.

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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-2016 Current Awards FY-2016 Total Awarded FY-2015 Total Awarded FY-2014
84.177 Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind 56 $32,384,124 $32,384,124 $32,983,830

Laws, Regulations and Guidance



Legislation



The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, Title VII, Chapter 2, Secs. 751-753; 29 U.S.C. 796j-796l.



Regulations


Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR)



Guidance



Policy Directives


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)

PD-15-03—"Announcement of OMB Approval for Form RSA-7-OB, Independent Living Services for Older Individuals who are Blind Program (ILOIB) Annual Report"
Dec 18, 2014 — PDF (248KB)

PD-11-03—"Instructions for completing the Federal Financial Report (SF-425) for other formula grant award programs"
Oct 26, 2010 — PDF (1.9MB)



Other Communication


Items in this section are not policy or subregulatory policy or formal guidance; rather they are general communications to RSA grantees.

  • Accessing and Initiating Changes to Formula Grant Award Notifications
    March 3, 2014
    This document describes the process to be used to request changes to the GAN (Grant Award Notification) such as address; however this process may be used only when the rights and obligations of the grantee are not affected.
  • MS Word (48KB) | PDF (232KB)

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Contacts



Suzanne Mitchell

Suzanne.Mitchell@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, OSERS
400 Maryland Ave., SW, Room 5163, PCP
Washington, DC 20202-2800

Phone: 202-245-7454

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