Annual Report 2014: Distribution of Eligible Students Based on the Federal Quota Census of January 7, 2013 (Fiscal Year 2014)

This chart lists the numbers of students registered by four major types of programs—Schools for the Blind, State Departments of Education, Programs for Students with Multiple Disabilities, and Rehabilitation Programs. The students are listed by grade and primary reading media.

Appropriate Use of Federal Quota Census Data

The specific purpose of the annual Federal Quota Census is to register students in the United States and Outlying Areas who meet the definition of blindness and are, therefore, eligible for adapted educational materials from APH through the Act to Promote the Education of the Blind.

Statements regarding student literacy, use of appropriate learning media, and students taught in a specific medium cannot be supported using APH registration data.

Infant Programs

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Total
Totals 78 45 248 2,966 1,164 4,501
State Departments of Education 70 26 90 1,925 844 2,955
Schools for the Blind 5 10 108 870 224 1,217
Rehabilitation Programs 3 9 39 159 92 302
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 11 12 4 27

Preschool

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Total
Totals 472 169 241 3,154 1,630 5,666
State Departments of Education 461 157 211 2,796 1,525 5,150
Schools for the Blind 9 12 27 338 90 476
Rehabilitation Programs 2 0 3 15 8 28
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 5 7 12

Kindergarten

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Total
Totals 687 198 152 980 755 2,772
State Departments of Education 656 182 144 921 727 2,630
Schools for the Blind 24 15 6 55 25 125
Rehabilitation Programs 7 1 2 4 2 16
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 0 1 1

Grade 1

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Total
Totals 894 208 123 593 699 2,517
State Departments of Education 868 196 114 553 690 2,421
Schools for the Blind 21 11 8 39 7 86
Rehabilitation Programs 5 1 0 1 2 9
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 1 0 0 1

Grade 2

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Total
Totals 964 250 142 444 700 2,500
State Departments of Education 941 233 137 409 687 2,407
Schools for the Blind 19 17 4 35 12 87
Rehabilitation Programs 4 0 1 0 1 6

Grade 3

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Total
Totals 1,074 250 140 356 655 2,475
State Departments of Education 1,034 219 131 324 638 2,346
Schools for the Blind 34 30 8 31 11 114
Rehabilitation Programs 6 1 0 1 1 9
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 1 0 5 6

Grade 4

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Total
Totals 1,164 300 161 236 614 2,475
State Departments of Education 1,118 275 150 215 604 2,362
Schools for the Blind 40 24 9 20 8 101
Rehabilitation Programs 6 1 2 0 1 10
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 1 1 2

Grade 5

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Total
Totals 1,204 317 153 228 659 2,561
State Departments of Education 1,151 281 139 212 642 2,425
Schools for the Blind 46 34 14 14 14 122
Rehabilitation Programs 7 2 0 2 1 12
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 0 2 2

Grade 6

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Total
Totals 1,193 305 166 154 602 2,420
State Departments of Education 1,126 248 157 147 584 2,262
Schools for the Blind 61 54 8 6 16 145
Rehabilitation Programs 5 3 0 1 0 9
Multiple Disabilities Programs 1 0 1 0 2 4

Grade 7

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Total
Totals 1,161 310 162 139 560 2,332
State Departments of Education 1,084 258 145 133 543 2,163
Schools for the Blind 66 51 15 5 16 153
Rehabilitation Programs 9 1 2 1 1 14
Multiple Disabilities Programs 2 0 0 0 0 2

Grade 8

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Total
Totals 1,118 330 176 141 524 2,289
State Departments of Education 1,038 263 164 132 509 2,106
Schools for the Blind 71 65 11 9 12 168
Rehabilitation Programs 8 2 0 0 0 10
Multiple Disabilities Programs 1 0 1 0 3 5

Grade 9

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Total
Totals 1,224 315 197 112 501 2,349
State Departments of Education 1,146 244 171 97 490 2,148
Schools for the Blind 70 69 24 15 8 186
Rehabilitation Programs 7 2 2 0 0 11
Multiple Disabilities Programs 1 0 0 0 3 4

Grade 10

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Total
Totals 1,108 324 194 97 513 2,236
State Departments of Education 1,025 254 178 86 487 2,030
Schools for the Blind 73 70 15 11 20 189
Rehabilitation Programs 6 0 1 0 1 8
Multiple Disabilities Programs 4 0 0 0 5 9

Grade 11

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Total
Totals 1,148 321 187 83 438 2,177
State Departments of Education 1,058 244 163 77 419 1,961
Schools for the Blind 76 76 21 6 17 196
Rehabilitation Programs 11 1 3 0 0 15
Multiple Disabilities Programs 3 0 0 0 2 5

Grade 12

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Total
Totals 1,330 449 273 127 876 3,055
State Departments of Education 1,169 322 217 111 843 2,662
Schools for the Blind 135 123 49 16 29 352
Rehabilitation Programs 25 4 6 0 0 35
Multiple Disabilities Programs 1 0 1 0 4 6

Academic Nongraded

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Total
Totals 351 121 218 145 651 1,486
State Departments of Education 281 47 138 112 556 1,134
Schools for the Blind 69 74 79 32 90 344
Rehabilitation Programs 1 0 1 1 3 6
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 0 2 2

Postgraduate

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Total
Totals 60 46 31 60 40 237
State Departments of Education 50 29 19 26 33 157
Schools for the Blind 10 17 12 13 6 58
Rehabilitation Programs 0 0 0 20 0 20
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 1 1 2

Vocational

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Total
Totals 79 42 32 7 16 176
State Departments of Education 67 18 12 3 15 115
Schools for the Blind 11 24 10 0 0 45
Rehabilitation Programs 1 0 3 4 0 8
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 7 0 1 8

Adult Students

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Total
Totals 1,693 681 1,816 166 3,650 8,006
State Departments of Education 350 179 615 100 2,151 3,395
Schools for the Blind 136 86 56 4 102 384
Rehabilitation Programs 1,153 383 1,055 48 378 3,017
Multiple Disabilities Programs 54 33 90 14 1,019 1,210

Other Registrants

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Total
Totals 645 166 717 840 5,795 8,163
State Departments of Education 579 128 600 726 5,343 7,376
Schools for the Blind 49 37 69 106 324 585
Rehabilitation Programs 16 1 30 3 66 116
Multiple Disabilities Programs 1 0 18 5 62 86

Grand Totals

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Total
Totals 17,647 5,147 5,529 11,028 21,042 60,393
State Departments of Education 15,272 3,803 3,695 9,105 18,330 50,205
Schools for the Blind 1,025 899 553 1,625 1,031 5,133
Rehabilitation Programs 1,282 412 1,150 260 557 3,661
Multiple Disabilities Programs 68 33 131 38 1,124 1,394

Appropriate Use of Federal Quota Census Data

The specific purpose of the annual Federal Quota Census is to register students in the United States and Outlying Areas who meet the definition of blindness and are, therefore, eligible for adapted educational materials from APH through the Act to Promote the Education of the Blind.

Statements regarding student literacy, use of appropriate learning media, and students taught in a specific medium cannot be supported using APH registration data.

Student Percentages by Program Type

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State Departments of Education 83.1%
Schools for the Blind 8.5%
Rehabilitation Programs 6.1%
Multiple Disabilities Programs 2.3%

Student Percentages by Primary Reading Medium Reporting Codes

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Braille Readers 8.5%
Auditory Readers 9.2%
Pre-readers 18.3%
Visual Readers 29.2%
Non-readers 34.8%

Student Percentages by Secondary Reading Medium Reporting Codes

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Auditory Readers 29.5%
Braille Readers 5.4%
Not Applicable 61.0%
Visual Readers 4.1%

Student Readers by Reading Medium

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Visual Readers 62.3%
Braille Readers 18.2%
Auditory Readers 19.5%

Note: Total number of student readers: 28,323

Explanation of Reading Media

Note: These data were collected and prepared by the Department of Field Services of the American Printing House for the Blind in the administration of the Federal Act to Promote the Education of the Blind of 1879.

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