Distribution of Eligible Students Based on the Federal Quota Census of January 2, 1996 (Fiscal Year 1997)

This chart lists the numbers of students registered by four major types of programs– Schools for the Blind, State Departments of Education, Programs for the Multihandicapped, and Rehabilitation Programs. The students are listed by grade and 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.

Grade: Infant Programs

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Schools for the Blind 0 1 1 681 69 752
State DOE 11 28 15 3,336 82 3,472
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 5 0 5
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 207 10 217
Totals 11 29 16 4,229 161 4,446

Grade: Preschool

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Schools for the Blind 4 6 4 382 22 418
State DOE 36 33 17 5,034 139 5,259
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 16 0 16
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 20 0 20
Totals 40 39 21 5,452 161 5,713

Grade: Kindergarten

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Schools for the Blind 12 22 1 45 6 86
State DOE 328 136 11 945 185 1,605
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 1 0 1
Totals 340 158 12 991 191 1,692

Grade: 1

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Schools for the Blind 22 31 2 19 10 84
State DOE 628 202 33 515 179 1,557
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 650 233 35 534 189 1,641

Grade: 2

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Schools for the Blind 20 35 3 22 6 86
State DOE 746 249 34 271 131 1,431
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 766 284 37 293 137 1,517

Grade: 3

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Schools for the Blind 33 33 1 9 3 79
State DOE 838 256 48 179 116 1,437
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 1 0 1
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 871 289 49 189 119 1,517

Grade: 4

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Schools for the Blind 22 38 3 5 5 73
State DOE 957 225 38 107 127 1,454
Multihandicapped 1 0 0 0 0 1
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 980 263 41 112 132 1,528

Grade: 5

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Schools for the Blind 50 47 2 4 2 105
State DOE 947 225 56 69 129 1,426
Multihandicapped 1 0 0 0 1 2
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 998 272 58 73 132 1,533

Grade: 6

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Schools for the Blind 42 37 3 7 1 90
State DOE 981 247 74 49 137 1,488
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 0 2 2
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 1,023 284 77 56 140 1,580

Grade: 7

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Schools for the Blind 57 61 0 0 3 121
State DOE 991 255 65 32 94 1,437
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 1,048 316 65 32 97 1,558

Grade: 8

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Schools for the Blind 50 53 1 8 4 116
State DOE 926 215 56 24 77 1,298
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 976 268 57 32 81 1,414

Grade: 9

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Schools for the Blind 79 77 2 8 4 170
State DOE 889 215 83 19 87 1,293
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 968 292 85 27 91 1,463

Grade: 10

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Schools for the Blind 85 67 1 6 7 166
State DOE 850 193 73 25 54 1,195
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 935 260 74 31 61 1,361

Grade: 11

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Schools for the Blind 87 63 5 9 2 166
State DOE 735 194 62 13 43 1,047
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 822 257 67 22 45 1,213

Grade: 12

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Schools for the Blind 89 70 4 7 8 178
State DOE 651 160 62 9 63 945
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 0 1 1
Rehabilitation 1 13 28 0 0 42
Totals 741 243 94 16 72 1,166

Academic Nongraded

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Schools for the Blind 87 159 31 54 66 397
State DOE 609 159 146 286 928 2,128
Multihandicapped 2 0 0 1 3 6
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 698 318 177 341 997 2,531

Postgraduate

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Schools for the Blind 4 3 2 1 0 10
State DOE 7 2 1 1 0 11
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rehabilitation 0 18 32 0 0 50
Totals 11 23 35 2 0 71

Vocational

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Schools for the Blind 16 14 1 0 3 34
State DOE 34 6 9 3 13 65
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 50 20 10 3 16 99

Adult Students

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Schools for the Blind 35 37 29 4 40 145
State DOE 467 320 1,007 75 3,420 5,289
Multihandicapped 77 20 186 30 1,388 1,701
Rehabilitation 343 761 1,068 43 37 2,252
Totals 922 1,138 2,290 152 4,885 9,387

Other Registrants

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Schools for the Blind 154 173 118 236 618 1,299
State DOE 1,332 288 991 1,136 9,604 13,351
Multihandicapped 5 2 19 14 116 156
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 37 2 39
Totals 1,491 463 1,128 1,423 10,340 14,845

Totals:

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Residential Schools 948 1027 214 1,507 879 4,575
State DOE 12,963 3,608 2,881 12,128 15,608 47,188
Multihandicapped 86 22 205 67 1,511 1,891
Rehabilitation 344 792 1,128 308 49 2,621
Totals 14,341 5,449 4,428 14,010 18,047 56,275

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 Totals and Percentages by Program Type:

Residential Schools 4,575 8%
State DOE 47,188 84%
Multihandicapped 1,891 3%
Rehabilitation 2,621 5%

Student Totals and Percentages by Reading Medium:

Visual Readers 14,341 25%
Braille Readers 5,449 10%
Auditory Readers 4,428 8%
Prereaders 14,010 25%
Nonreaders 18,047 32%

Explanation of Reading Media:

These data collected and prepared by the Department of Educational and Advisory 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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