Rehabilitation Services Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who are Blind

To provide any independent living services that are described in 34 CFR Section 367.3(b) of the program regulations to older individuals who are blind that improve or expand services for these individuals; and conduct activities to help improve public understanding of the problems of these individuals.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: 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
Oregon State Commission For The Blind $ 406,902   2021-10-012022-09-30
Human Services, Hawaii Department Of $ 225,000   2021-10-012022-09-30
Human Services, North Dakota Department Of $ 225,000   2021-10-012022-09-30
Louisiana Workforce Commission $ 419,887   2021-10-012022-09-30
Children & Family Services, New York Office Of $ 1,840,754   2021-10-012022-09-30
Blind, New Mexico Commission For The $ 225,000   2021-10-012022-09-30
Labor & Industry, Pennsylvania Department Of $ 1,310,089   2021-10-012022-09-30
Employment, Training And Rehabilitation, Nevada Department Of $ 274,975   2021-10-012022-09-30
Delaware, State Of $ 225,000   2021-10-012022-09-30
Children And Families, Kansas Department For $ 265,463   2021-10-012022-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: 58,555 individuals received services under the Independent Living Services for Older Individuals who are Blind program, over half of whom were over 80 years of age. Additionally, approximately 33,641 (57 percent) of those individuals were either legally blind or totally blind; 21 percent of individuals receiving services under this program also has some degree of hearing impairment. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

The Secretary must first set aside not less than 1.8 percent and not more than 2 percent of the funds appropriated to the ILOIB program be used to provide training and technical assistance to Designated State Agencies or other providers of ILOIB services that receive ILOIB program funds.

The designated State unit may use funds awarded under the Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who are Blind (ILOIB) program to carry out the activities described in the program objectives section of this document.

Among the independent living (IL) services that can be provided to older individuals who are blind are those services to help correct blindness, provision of eyeglasses and other visual aids, services and equipment to enhance mobility and self-sufficiency, mobility training, Braille instruction, and other services and equipment to help older persons who are blind adjust to blindness, guide services, reader services and transportation, and any other appropriate services to help an older person who is blind in coping with daily living activities, IL core services including IL skills training, information and referral, peer counseling and individual and systems advocacy; and other IL services as defined in the Rehabilitation Act and the IL program regulations.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Any State agency in the 50 States and the District of Columbia and territories (Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands) and outlying areas (Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) designated by the State as the State agency and authorized to provide rehabilitation services to blind individuals may apply.

In order to receive assistance under this program, a designated state agency (DSA) must- submit in a timely manner and obtain approval from the Department of an application containing the agreements, assurances, and information that the Department determines to be necessary to carry out this program.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Older individuals who are blind, as defined in 34 C.F.R. §367.5 of the ILOIB program regulations are the primary beneficiaries of assistance under this program. This term means ?An individual aged 55 or older whose severe visual impairment makes competitive employment extremely difficult to obtain but for whom independent living goals are feasible.'.


No Credentials or documentation are required. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

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

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The Education Department General Administrative Regulations at 34 CFR Parts 76 and 80 apply to this program. In order to be eligible for an allotment under this program, States must submit an application for a grant under the ILOIB program in the form and manner prescribed by the Department and the application must contain the assurances listed in §367.11 of the ILOIB program regulations and section 752(i) of the Rehabilitation Act, including an assurances that the DSA 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.

Award Procedures

A notice of annual allotment to the State is issued. Initial distributions are subject to reallotment at the end of the fiscal year if the Commissioner determines that the State will not expend its allotment. States receive annual grant award notices and funds may be withdrawn under the Electronic Transfer System.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, Title VII, Chapter 2.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

34 CFR 76.703 governs the approval/disapproval time of State plans in relation to when a State may begin to obligate funds.


After reasonable effort has been made to resolve the questions involved, and the State has pursued a hearing before the Office of the Administrative Law Judge, the State may appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the circuit in which the State is located pursuant to the 34 CFR §§76.202 and 76.902.


Awards are made on an annual basis and may be renewed for up to two additional years, for a total of three years under an approved ILOIB application and the availability of funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Section 752(i) of the Rehabilitation Act contains the formula the Department uses for the allocation of funds to each State. Formula grant funds are distributed based on the population of individuals who are 55 years of age or older and the source is the Bureau of the Census. No State shall receive less than $225,000 or one-third of one percent of the amount made available for formula grants for the fiscal year, whichever is greater. The minimum allotment for Territories is $40,000. In addition, section 751A of the Rehabilitation Act requires the Commissioner to reserve not less than 1.8 percent and not more than 2 percent of the funds appropriated for the Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who are Blind program to provide training and technical assistance to the designated State agency providing independent living services for individuals who are blind. Matching Requirements: Under section 752(f) of the Rehabilitation Act (34 CFR §§367.31(b) and 367.61), the States must contribute $1 for each $9 of Federal grant funding received, in cash or in kind. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards are made on an annual basis under an approved 3-year ILOIB application. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.

Post Assistance Requirements


As required by 34 C.F.R.

§§80.40 and 80.41 of the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), performance reports and financial reports are required annually.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


As required by EDGAR for State-administered programs (34 CFR 76). Generally, States and subgrantees must retain records related to grant funds and compliance for a period of 3 years.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $33,317,000; FY 17 est $33,317,000; and FY 18 est $33,317,000

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.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR Parts 76, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 84, 85, and 97; Program Regulations in 34 CFR Parts 367 and selected sections of 34 CFR 364 and 365, listed in 34 CFR 367.4.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters 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: Phone: (202) 245-7273.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

An approved ILOIB application is a condition for receipt of funds under the OIB program under Chapter 2 of Title VII of the Rehabilitation Act. Application requirements are contained in section 752(h) of the Rehabilitation Act and 34 CFR §§367.30 and 367.31.

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