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Helen Keller National Center (HKNC) for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults

Goal 8: Individuals who are deaf-blind will become independent and function as full and productive members of their local community.
Objective 1 of 2: ENSURE THAT INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE DEAF-BLIND RECEIVE THE SPECIALIZED SERVICES AND TRAINING THEY NEED TO BECOME AS INDEPENDENT AND SELF-SUFFICIENT AS POSSIBLE.
Indicator 8.1.1 of 2: Services to consumers at headquarters: The training program at headquarters will maintain or increase the number of adult consumers and high school students served, the percentage of consumers who complete training and are placed in employment settings, and the percentage of consumers who complete training and return to less restrictive living situations.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Number of adult consumers, high school students and percentage of consumers
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Adult consumers High School Students % Placed % Placed in Less Restricting Settings
Adult consumers High School Students % Placed % Placed in Less Restricting Settings
1999
75 16 45 49
85 12 38 25
2000
82 15 52 59
90 12 45 49
2001
87 13 38 64
90 12 45 59
2002
       
90 12 45 59
Status: Target not met. In FY 2001, the percentage of students with a vocational goal who completed training and were placed in less restrictive setting was well below target. The number of adult students served was below target. The number of high school students exceeded target. Students returning to less restrictive settings include individuals returning to prior living situations, having achieved greater independence, and needed community supports.

Explanation: The figures will fluctuate based on numerous factors, but the targets of 90 adults and 12 high school students is based on historical trends and HKNC believes they represent reasonable targets.  
Additional Source Information: Internal client caseload reports summarized in the HKNC Annual Report for 2001.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2002.
Validated By: On-Site Monitoring By ED.
Final transition plans on each client will include the employment and living situations each client will be entering upon completion of training.

Limitations: Data are based upon self-reported data from the grantee and are not independently verified. A follow-up survey was developed but budgetary limitations prevented it implementation. HKNC will conduct a limited survey using selected RSA regions.

 
Indicator 8.1.2 of 2: Clients improve functionally: Participants in the core training program at headquarters will increase their skills and abilities in areas such as vocational services, communication, orientation and mobility, and independent living. The target will be established upon receipt of baseline data. The target for 2001 is an 85 percent success rate in achieving training goals.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage of identified training goals successfully achieved by participants
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1999
83.70
84
2000
88.90
85
2001
92
86
Status: Target exceeded. The Individualized Training Plan (ITP) percentage exceeds the target for this year.

Explanation: Since this is the third year the ITP has been used, it will require several more years before HKNC can establish firm targets. The targets measure success in achieving training goals.  
Additional Source Information: HKNC Annual Report for 2001.

Frequency: Annually.
Validated By: No Formal Verification.
Individual Training Plan (ITP).

Limitations: Data are based upon self-reported data from the grantee and are not independently verified.

 

Objective 2 of 2: ENSURE THAT DEAF-BLIND CONSUMERS AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS RECEIVE THE SERVICES THEY NEED TO FUNCTION MORE INDEPENDENTLY IN THE HOME COMMUNITY.
Indicator 8.2.1 of 1: Regional services to consumers and families: Helen Keller National Center will maintain or increase the number of consumers and family members served through its regional offices.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Number served through Helen Keller National Center
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Consumers Families Organizations
Consumers Families Organizations
1999
1,336 368 976
1,250 400  
2000
1,340 461 995
1,300 400 950
2001
1,727 484 913
1,400 425 1,000
2002
1,500 400 1,050
Status: Target met. In 2001, the regional offices served more consumers and families than were targeted. The 913 agencies/organizations served represented a decrease of 82.

Explanation: The number of consumers and families served fluctuates from year to year. In establishing the targets, trend data were used from prior years.  
Additional Source Information: HKNC Annual Report for 2001.

Frequency: Annually.
Validated By: Experienced Public/Private Entity.
HKNC regional reps maintain client case summary files that indicate re activity with individual consumers, family members, professionals and organizations/agencies.

Limitations: Client case summary reports do not measure the level of service provided or impact of the services on the lives of the consumers and family members. There are no improvements planned at this time.

 

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