Description of Research Report: Evaluation in the Older Blind Independent Living Program: Advantages of a Structural Equation Modeling Approach
At the end of 2005, OMB had reviewed approximately 80% of federal programs and had projected completion of the remaining program assessments by the end of 2006 or early 2007 (ExpectMore.gov, n.d.). The Older Blind Independent Living Program, initially funded in FY1987 by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), will be among the last of the programs reviewed by OMB. This program provides services to individuals aged 55 and older whose significant visual impairment makes competitive employment very difficult, but for whom independent living goals are feasible. The program serves approximately 62,000 consumers nationally through 56 independent living agencies in states and territories (Moore, Steinman, Giesen, & Frank, 2006). The state independent living programs offer blindness and low-vision services such as training in orientation and mobility, communications, and daily living skills.