iChallenged, Inc. (iChallenged) has had a successful seventh year as a non-profit in Michigan. Our computer training component has worked with more than 31 visually-challenged individuals, providing them with the skills to improve their lives. We have continued provision of eye and vision services first offered in 2012 through all of 2017. We also have continued our outreach with assistive technology programs internally funding training efforts for Detroit area residents. Gross earned income in 2017 was $33,950, about 40% lower than 2016. Cash donations in 2016 were $1,050 versus 2017 cash donations of $1,500. Three grant projects were received and completed in 2017 totaling $25,000.
Since iChallenged was started it has been totally self-funded by working with the Bureau of Service for Blind Persons (BSBP) in Michigan. We have seen a constant decline in blind clients from the State from a peak of 83 in 2010 to less than 17 in 2017. To offset this source of work and income iChallenged is now focused on pursuing grants from different sources. We will address the reduced Michigan BSBP client load with the BSBP in 2018.
As of the start of 2018 4 grant applications are in process that have a good chance of being approved. We also have a prospective significant donation. These potential grants and donations total more than $250,000 in opportunity.
iChallenged had an inventory of 5,160 remaining eye glass frames as of December 31, 2017, valued at $10,320. It is iChallenged’s intent to donate this inventory to another non-profit in 2018.
Computer Training (local)
As of December 31, 2017, on thirty one (31) case occasions, legally blind clients have had iChallenged services support. Most completed computer based rehabilitation training that enables them to retain their current jobs, find employment or pursue further education. iChallenged provided two general grants to train blind clients in the Detroit area. We continued our association with the Chaldean Community Foundation where we support more than 17 blind clients on a weekly meeting basis.
Fund Raising and Donations
iChallenged did not have a fund-raising event in 2017.
* U&C: Usual and customary fees paid by agencies for patient's medical service for 1 year
Optometric Services: 138
· 36 Glaucoma patients (confirmed or suspected)
Annual fee paid by referring agency: $ 168
Total U&C: $1230
Fee Adjustments: ($1230-$168) $38,232 (36 @ $1062)
- Annual Examination $200 (U&C)
- Bi-annual Visual Fields $170 (2 @ $85) (U&C)
- Bi-annual fundus Photos $280 (2 @ $140) (U&C)
- Bi-annual Imaging (OCT) $280 (2 @ $140) (U&C)
- 3-month examinations $300 (3 @ $100 (U&C)
· 102 Diabetic eye examinations*
Annual fee paid by referring agency: $ 168
Total U&C: $1060
Fee Adjustments: ($1060-$168) $90,984 (102 @ $892)
-Annual Examination $200 (U&C)
-Bi-annual fundus photos $280 (2 @ $140) (U&C)
-Bi-annual Imaging (OCT) $280 (2 @ $140) (U@C)
-3-month examinations $300 (3 @ $100) (U&C)
Total Fee adjustment or savings: $129,216
*Without the collaboration of Kresge Eye Institute, we have stressed to every patient, the need to prevent the need for retina laser surgery. Surgery can be avoided if blood sugar levels can be controlled. If vision –threatening diabetic retinopathy is detected, referral to local, certified vitreo-retina surgeons are recommended. We continue to search for retinal specialist who will accept the same reimbursement they accept from Michigan Medicaid.
Trends and Future
Evaluation and treatment of common refractive errors- Myopia, Hyperopia, Astigmatism, Presbyopia
Evaluation, treatment and/or referral and co-management of ocular pathologies including but not limited to
Ocular infections Glaucoma Ocular trauma
Inflammations Diabetic Eye Care Dry Eye Care
Allergies Keratoconus Strabismus
iChallenged, Inc. is adjusting fees according to one’s ability to pay for services, thus allowing us to serve the uninsured, under insured, unemployed and those underserved due to the lack of financial resources for services. We expect to receive many referrals from other medical, healthcare and human resource agencies which serve the uninsured. In addition, iChallenged, Inc. will serve special needs populations including but not limited to those who are legally blind, partially sighted and those with other various special needs such as children with limited communication skills, the hearing impaired and those who are cognitively and/or physically challenged.
· Focus on fund grants in order to support our mission, services and programs.
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