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j. 1. A. With the most significant disabilities, including their need for supported employment services;

Current Narrative:

ICBVI completed a Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment (CSNA) in FFY 2020 in accordance with the requirements of Section 101.15 of the Rehabilitation Act as amended. Three separate surveys were developed to thoroughly assess the needs of Idahoans who are blind or visually impaired. The survey participants included a sample of VR clients (n = ICBVI clients served within the time frame October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019), all ICBVI staff, and a sample of employers and other key informants.

According to 2017 ACS estimates, 2.9% of the population reported a visual disability in Idaho, which is a higher than the percentage reported in the U.S (2.3%). It should be noted that the population reporting a visual disability in Idaho increased from 2.3% in 2015 to 2.9% in 2017. The percentage of individuals living in Idaho with a visual disability ages 18-34 (1.31%) is slightly higher than the US population (1.13%)

According to the results of the 2020 CSNA, the most common themes that emerged in the area of rehabilitation needs of blind and visually impaired individuals in the state were:

  • Lack of transportation was identified as the major barrier to employment for individuals who are blind or low vision in Idaho.
  • Societal attitudes, family attitudes, and employer attitudes regarding individuals who are blind or low vision continues to be a major barrier in Idaho.
  • Independent living and mobility skills are seen as a major need of ICBVI clients.
  • Access to career services, education and employment training programs.