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RSA-227 for FY-2021: Submission #1223

American Samoa
09/30/2021
General Information
Designated Agency Identification
Office of Protection and Advocacy for the Disabled
P.O. Box 3937
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Pago Pago
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96799
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(684)6992441
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Operating Agency (if different from Designated Agency)
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Additional Information
Dora Ah Sue
Fiaavae Savali
(684)6992441
fpmsavali@gmail.com
Part I. Non-case Services
A. Information and Referral Services (I&R)
25
11
0
15
23
85
159
B. Training Activities
5
524
Training presentations were provided for parents of students and students who will be transitioning from SPED to VR services. This training was to make parents aware of different avenues their child could obtain gainful activity after high school. Topics covered were transitioning from IEP to IPE, and how they could be able to register for VR services.
Training was also provided for people with disabilities who are beneficiaries of Social Security. They were informed on how they could use their ticket-to-work to find gainful employment in the private and public sectors.
C. Agency Outreach
Our program was able to provide outreach services to other remote islands of American Samoa where access was limited because of travel restrictions. We were able to secure seats on chartered flights there, and were able to disseminate information, conduct training on CAP program, and provide Awareness of Services outreach to each village on these islands.
D. Information Disseminated To The Public By Your Agency
5
0
1
300
2
0
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E. Information Disseminated About Your Agency By External Media Coverage
N/A
Part II. Individual Case Services
A. Individuals served
2
6
8
0
1
B. Problem areas
30
3
20
1
0
1
2
0
C. Intervention Strategies for closed cases
15
2
1
0
0
0
18
D. Reasons for closing individuals' case files
8
3
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
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E. Results achieved for individuals
10
3
0
0
4
5
0
0
0
0
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Part III. Program Data
A. Age
3
1
2
2
0
8
B. Gender
3
5
8
C. Race/ethnicity of Individuals Served
0
0
0
0
8
0
0
0
D. Primary disabling condition of individuals served
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
2
0
0
0
1
0
2
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
8
E. Types of Individuals Served
8
2
0
4
2
0
Part IV. Systemic Activities and Litigation
A. Non-Litigation Systemic Activities
0
N/A
B. Litigation
0
0
0
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Part V. Agency Information
A. Designated Agency
External-Protection and Advocacy agency
Office of Protection and Advocacy for the Disabled
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B. Staff Employed
Executive Director
Program Director
Case Manager
Finance Manager
Part VI. Case Examples
Case Examples
VM had contacted our office regarding an issue he had with the VR office. He was approved to have a small business (bus) be financed by VR, however, it was taking too long for them to complete the process. We assisted him with advocacy services through meetings and follow-ups with VR reps, and his case was resolved in his favor as VR has provided the needed materials for his bus to be built completely. However, VM again contacted our office regarding the payment of the vendor he is using to build his bus. We again advocated on his behalf, and were able to procure the check to pay the vendor.
EN came to our office to seek our assistance regarding her case with the VR office. She was told that they were going to provide her with equipment for her small business, but after months of being given the run-around, they still have not provided her with the equipment. We contacted her caseworker and they informed us that they are trying to offer another type of business for her. We then visited EN at home and found that the business plan VR was offering her would not be practical for a person with her type of disability. She was adamant (and we agree with her) that the original business plan she submitted will be more reasonable. EN is now enrolled in classes as required by VR so she could run her own business.

NT - A SSDI Ticket to Work recipient who wanted to secure employment with a private company but he was only being considered as a part time employee. We explained to the company that through Ticket to Work, he is eligible to work while still receiving benefits. He is now working full time at the company.
Certification
Approved
Fiaava'e Savali
Case Manager
2022-01-05
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