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Attachments 15-17: RFP 2011-6 Reviewer Summary, Health and Fitness for People with Developmental Disabilities

Any Baby Can of San Antonio Inc.

Key Project Staff

Project Director: Alfred Chavira

Project Coordinator: to be hired

Project Location (counties): Atascosa, Bexar, Comal, Frio, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Medina, Uvalde, Wilson

Project Abstract

Project proposed by Any Baby Can of San Antonio, Inc. will strive to promote optimal health, physical fitness actualization and inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities through the offerings of recreational/fitness exploration, support and education. Each individual will become aware of the need to incorporate health and wellness into their lifestyle and will be given the appropriate tools and knowledge to sustain the changes achieved.

Year 1 Budget

Funding amount requested: $228,610.45

Match: $ 76,203.58

Total Project Cost: $304,814.03

Strengths

  • Transportation barriers have been addressed.
  • The implementation plan is strong, well thought out, logical and realistic.
  • Physician statements will be required before participants can enroll in the program and begin activities.
  • The target population is broken down by demographics and need; the organization appears to understand their target population.
  • Participants will have “buddies” or “coaches” to provide motivation.
  • Assistive technology/adaptive equipment needs were considered.
  • Home exercise kits will be provided for participants.
  • Partnerships are strong, as evidenced by letters of intent.
  • Follow-up will be conducted via phone calls and/or in-home visits.
  • Participants and families will have reduced-cost memberships indefinitely per an agreement with the YMCA.
  • Inclusive recreational facility staff will be trained, and that training will include sensitivity training.
  • Staff members are well qualified.
  • The proposal emphasizes and places a high value on participant choice.

Needs

  • Since activities will take place at the YMCA and other “off site” locations, the amount requested for rental/leasing may not be justified.
  • Who will serve on the Project Advisory Committee (PAC) was not described well, and it was not clear what the PAC’s role would be.
  • It is unclear how people with developmental disabilities were included in development and/or whether they will have leadership roles.
  • More discussion is needed regarding how participants will be supported in years two and three.

Final Recommendation

Fundable.

Additional Staff Questions/Concerns

The Walk for Autism event is budgeted for $5,000, which does not seem appropriate since it’s an existing activity. To be approved, the applicant would have to show that those funds would be needed for modifications to make the walk more inclusive.

Epilepsy Foundation Texas

Key Project Staff

Project Director: Joe Wappelhorst

Project Coordinator: to be named

Project Location (counties): not noted

Project Abstract

The goal of this project is to establish a fitness and healthy lifestyle program for individuals with developmental disabilities (DD) and epilepsy and their caregivers in rural communities of Texas. This project will be based on the concepts of the Get FIT (Fitness, Integration, and Training) program developed in 2008. The Get FIT program was created to promote a healthy lifestyle for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The proposed project will take the Get FIT concepts and translate them into individualized packages, allowing implementation in the rural community. Additional aspects will be developed to address outcomes specific to epilepsy.

Year 1 Budget

Funding amount requested: $249,443

Match: $ 77,616

Total Project Cost: $327,049

Strengths

  • People with disabilities will be included in leadership roles.
  • Multiple rural sites will be served.
  • Technology was addressed in terms of how it can be used and whether participants will have access.
  • Goals and activities are clearly written with a sound implementation plan.
  • Additional funding sources will be pursued.
  • The organization has the longevity, experience, and background necessary for successful implementation.
  • The Project Advisory Committee and its role were described well.
  • A need for the project was well established; the applicant appeared to understand the population.
  • Needed services will be provided to an isolated population.

Needs

  • The required experience for the project coordinator seemed low in relation to the position’s responsibilities; someone with more experience and/or education should be sought.
  • The description of possible additional funding sources is vague.
  • Further exploration of the use of assistive technology to support participants is needed.
  • The application does not describe supports that will help people participate in activities of their choice.
  • Cultural diversity was not addressed in recruitment and support.
  • It appears that activities will be brought to participants. If this is not the case, transportation needs must be addressed.

Final Recommendation

Fundable.

Texas Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)

Key Project Staff

Project Director: Regina Blye

Project Coordinator: (TBA)

Project Location (counties): Brazos Valley area: College Station, and Bryan, Texas and West Texas area: Lubbock, Texas

Project Abstract

The Texas SILC will develop evidence-based Health and Fitness programs for people with developmental disabilities, while partnering with the Texas Association of Centers for Independent Living (TACIL) to provide technical assistance to Centers for Independent Living (CILs). The project will have a two-pronged approach to develop programs that improve health; increase access to fitness programs; improve health outcomes; and increase awareness of the importance of Health and Fitness programs for people with developmental disabilities. Two CILs will become model sites for Health and Fitness programs and the project will distribute annual Getting Fit to Live, Work, and Play reports statewide.

Year 1 Budget

Funding amount requested: $219,472

Match: $ 54,868

Total Project Cost: $274,340

Strengths

  • The applicant provided thorough information about Project Advisory Committee (PAC) members.
  • The first year milestones contain good detail.
  • The organization has the experience; this is their demographic.
  • Sustainability could be achieved through the independent living center network across the state.
  • Anecdotal testimonies will be part of evaluation (as requested in Request for Proposals).
  • Cultural diversity was addressed well.
  • Public policy issues were addressed well.
  • Consumer satisfaction surveys will be conducted monthly, which will provide direct feedback.
  • Hands-on activities such as weight watchers, Zoomba, etc., are named.

Needs

  • There is no mention of assistive devices/adaptive equipment.
  • The application lacks detail regarding “proactive supports” in years two and three.
  • Travel costs are relatively high, especially since the Project Advisory Committee (PAC) will meet face to face only once.
  • It is unclear why the project requires out-of-state travel.

Review Panel Note

It should be clear that members of the “Control group” should be offered the choice to participate; it should only include people who choose not to participate.

Final Recommendation

Fundable.

Additional Staff Questions/Concerns

Agree with the Review Panel Note above. For all projects funded under this title, TCDD should be cautious about including activities that might require the need for an Institutional Review Board (IRB) process, which applies when using people as research subjects.