Distribution of Eligible Students Based on the Federal Quota Census of January 6, 1997 (Fiscal Year 1998)

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 0 0 805 38 843
State DOE 4 0 0 3,536 40 3,580
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 5 0 5
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 215 0 215
Totals 4 0 0 4,561 78 4,643

Grade: Preschool

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Schools for the Blind 1 0 0 391 1 393
State DOE 29 15 0 5,100 45 5,189
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 18 1 19
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 17 0 17
Totals 30 15 0 5,526 47 5,618

Grade: Kindergarten

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Schools for the Blind 21 28 1 42 8 100
State DOE 345 135 16 921 222 1,639
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 366 163 17 963 230 1,739

Grade: 1

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Schools for the Blind 20 26 1 17 5 69
State DOE 604 236 22 561 187 1,610
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 624 262 23 578 192 1,679

Grade: 2

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Schools for the Blind 31 30 1 9 9 80
State DOE 743 234 46 311 156 1,490
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 774 264 47 320 165 1,570

Grade: 3

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Schools for the Blind 38 33 2 10 6 89
State DOE 820 270 43 227 133 1,493
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 858 303 45 237 139 1,582

Grade: 4

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Schools for the Blind 30 44 0 3 2 79
State DOE 930 234 45 144 117 1,470
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 960 278 45 147 119 1,549

Grade: 5

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Schools for the Blind 35 39 2 2 2 80
State DOE 926 239 52 90 154 1,461
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 0 1 1
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 961 278 54 92 157 1,542

Grade: 6

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Schools for the Blind 44 45 4 5 4 102
State DOE 950 242 60 62 158 1,472
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 0 1 1
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 0 2 2
Totals 994 287 64 67 164 1,576

Grade: 7

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Schools for the Blind 53 48 3 3 1 108
State DOE 969 235 88 50 114 1,456
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 1022 283 91 53 115 1,564

Grade: 8

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Schools for the Blind 60 53 1 1 4 119
State DOE 930 231 74 33 118 1,386
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 990 284 75 34 122 1,505

Grade: 9

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Schools for the Blind 62 64 1 5 7 139
State DOE 932 213 81 16 80 1,322
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 994 277 82 21 87 1,461

Grade: 10

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Schools for the Blind 69 74 4 7 3 157
State DOE 875 226 76 29 90 1,296
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 944 300 80 36 93 1,453

Grade: 11

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Schools for the Blind 82 70 2 8 5 167
State DOE 809 206 64 20 48 1,147
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 891 276 66 28 53 1,314

Grade: 12

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Schools for the Blind 69 77 5 9 2 162
State DOE 663 181 80 15 69 1,008
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 0 1 1
Rehabilitation 8 14 7 0 0 29
Totals 740 272 92 24 72 1,200

Academic Nongraded

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Schools for the Blind 93 144 23 44 55 359
State DOE 620 163 181 317 1,131 2,412
Multihandicapped 2 0 0 3 8 13
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 715 307 204 364 1,194 2,784

Postgraduate

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Schools for the Blind 1 5 1 0 0 7
State DOE 13 1 0 1 2 17
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rehabilitation 15 24 14 0 0 53
Totals 29 30 15 1 2 77

Vocational

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Schools for the Blind 19 14 2 0 3 38
State DOE 30 6 6 1 9 52
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 49 20 8 1 12 90

Adult Students

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Schools for the Blind 35 27 29 4 46 141
State DOE 395 338 1,073 63 3,264 5,133
Multihandicapped 73 22 172 30 1,451 1,748
Rehabilitation 484 712 757 37 36 2,026
Totals 987 1,099 2,031 134 4,797 9,048

Other Registrants

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Schools for the Blind 159 181 178 185 653 1,356
State DOE 1,292 256 896 1,215 9,495 13,154
Multihandicapped 5 4 20 11 109 149
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 34 3 37
Totals 1,456 441 1,094 1,445 10,260 14,696

Totals:

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Residential Schools 922 1002 260 1,550 854 4,588
State DOE 12,879 3,661 2,903 12,712 15,632 47,787
Multihandicapped 80 26 192 67 1,573 1,938
Rehabilitation 507 750 778 303 39 2,377
Totals 14,388 5,439 4,133 14,632 18,098 56,690

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 4,558 8%
State DOE 47,787 84%
Multihandicapped 1,938 4%
Rehabilitation 2,377 4%

Student Totals and Percentages by Reading Medium:

Visual Readers 14,388 25%
Braille Readers 5,439 10%
Auditory Readers 4,133 7%
Prereaders 14,632 26%
Nonreaders 18,098 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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