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Rehabilitation Services_Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who
OFFICE OF SPECIAL
EDUCATION AND REHABILITATIVE SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Rehabilitation Act of 1973,
as amended, Title VII, Chapter 2, 29 U.S.C. 796j-7961.
To provide independent
living services to individuals aged 55 or older who are blind, whose severe
visual impairments make competitive employment extremely difficult to obtain,
but for whom independent living goals are feasible.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Federal funds are used to improve or expand independent living services. Among
the services provided are those to help correct or modify visual disabilities,
provide eyeglasses and other visual aids, provide services and equipment to
enhance mobility and self-care, provide training in Braille and other services
to help older individuals who are blind adjust to blindness, provide teaching
services in daily living activities, and other supportive services that enable
individuals to live more independently. Funds can also be used to improve
public understanding of the problems faced by visual older individuals who are
Applicant Eligibility: Any State agency (including
territories/possessions designated by the State as the State agency) authorized
to provide rehabilitation services to blind individuals may apply.
Beneficiary Eligibility: Individuals aged 55 or older whose severe
visual impairments make gainful employment extremely difficult to obtain but for
whom independent living goals are feasible and beneficial.
Credentials/Documentation: Costs will be determined in accordance with
OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments.
APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination: The standard application forms as
furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB Circular No. A-102 must be
used for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372,
"Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should
consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his
or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be
followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for
Application Procedure: Any application for a grant must contain
assurances that the designated State unit will seek to incorporate any new
methods and approaches relating to services for older individuals who are blind
into the State plan for Independent Living Services. This program is excluded
from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110.
Award Procedure: Awards are made on approval of the Commissioner of
Rehabilitation Services and the Assistant Secretary, OSERS, based on a review of
findings of Federal and nonfederal reviewers.
Deadlines: Contact the headquarters or regional offices for
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time: From 90 to 120 days.
Renewals: Project periods can be up to five years. Previous project
periods have been limited to 36 months. Projects may be continued based on
annual review of accomplishments, submittal of a continuation application, and
the availability of funds. Renewals are available only through the new
Formula and Matching Requirements: Cost-sharing of $1 for each $9 of
Federal grant funding is required.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance: Projects in fiscal year are
generally approved for a period of up to five years with funding approved on a
12 month basis. Renewals are subject to availability of appropriations.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: As required by the Education Department General
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) for direct grant programs (34 CFR 75).
Generally, annual performance and financial reports are required.
Audits: In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133
(Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and
Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial
assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a
program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend
less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit
requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Records: As required by EDGAR for direct grant programs (34 CFR 75).
Generally, records related to grant funds, compliance, and performance must be
maintained for a period of five years after completion.
Account Identification: 91-0301-0-1-506.
Obligations: (Grants) FY 01 $20,000,000; FY 02 est $25,000,000; and FY
03 est $25,000,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance:
For FY 2016, the estimated range of awards is $40,000 to $3,143,896, with a median State award, excluding outlying areas of $393,226.
In fiscal year 2001, 56 projects received funding.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
Section 752 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended, and 34 CFR 367, as amended.
Regional or Local Office:
James Billy, Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washingotn, District of Columbia 20202 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (202) 245-7273.
Web Site Address:
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
Projects have extended services to subgroups of the older blind population
that are vulnerable to premature or unnecessary institutionalization as well
as to older deaf-blind persons. These projects provide services in both rural
and urban areas and about half of the grantees make sub-grants to community
nonprofit agencies to deliver services. In addition to in-home and/or
facility- based service provisions, mobile units and community minicenters are
available near the residences of persons being served. All projects provide
comprehensive independent living services.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
Selection criteria for this program are extent of need for the project, plan
of operation, quality of key personnel, budget and cost-effectiveness,
evaluation plan, adequacy of resources, service comprehensiveness, and
likelihood of sustaining program. Criteria for selecting projects are published
in program regulation at 34 CFR 367.