Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who are Blind, Recovery Act

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.




Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2008: Projects awarded under CFDA 84.177 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 mini-centers are available near the residences of persons being served.

All projects provide comprehensive independent living services.

Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available


Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Education, Florida Department Of $ 2,549,536   2009-02-172010-09-30
Administracion Rehabilitacion Vocacional $ 469,910   2009-02-172010-09-30
District Of Columbia, Government Of $ 3,170   2009-02-172010-09-30
Workforce Services, Wyoming Department Of $ 3,170   2009-02-172010-09-30
Workforce Development, Wisconsin Department Of $ 667,231   2009-02-172010-09-30
Rehabilitation Services, West Virginia Division Of $ 252,612   2009-02-172010-09-30
Services For The Blind, Washington State Department Of $ 736,414   2009-02-172010-09-30
Blind And Vision Impaired, Virginia Department For The $ 866,036   2009-02-172010-09-30
Human Services, Vermont Agency Of $ 3,170   2009-02-172010-09-30
State Office Of Education, Utah $ 194,306   2009-02-172010-09-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2008: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2009: Approximately 56 projects are expected to receive funding from this program. Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available

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 blind.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State (includes District of Columbia, public institutions of higher education and hospitals): Elementary/Secondary Education.

Local (includes State-designated lndian Tribes, excludes institutions of higher education and hospitals: Training

Beneficiary Eligibility

State; Disabled (e.g. Deaf, Blind, Physically Disabled); Mentally Disabled; Senior Citizen (60+)

Credentials/Documentation

Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

There is no separate application required for this program.

Agencies are eligible to receive funds for this program under the Recovery Act if they have a current approved application under Independent Living—Services for the Older Individuals Who Are Blind program (CFDA 84.177).

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 review.

Environmental impact information is not required 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 review.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Agencies with a current approved application under CFDA 84.177 do not need to submit an application to receive funds under the Recovery Act because these funds will be made available to each Agency based on the Agency s established eligibility for FY 2009 funds under CFDA 84.177. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedures

The Recovery Act funds will be awarded based on the formula allocations for States authorized under section 752(j) of the