Distribution of Eligible Students Based on the Federal Quota Census of January 5, 1998 (Fiscal Year 1999)

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
Residential Schools 0 0 0 874 0 874
State DOE 1 0 0 3,728 5 3,734
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 6 0 6
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 215 0 215
Totals 1 0 0 4,823 5 4,829

Grade: Preschool

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Residential Schools 1 1 0 403 0 405
State DOE 21 18 1 5,111 28 5,179
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 17 0 17
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 16 0 16
Totals 22 19 1 5,547 28 5,617

Grade: Kindergarten

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Residential Schools 25 24 2 50 3 104
State DOE 334 153 6 908 229 1,630
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 359 177 8 958 232 1,734

Grade: 1

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Residential Schools 29 26 1 24 3 83
State DOE 677 209 32 589 227 1,734
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 706 235 33 613 230 1,817

Grade: 2

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Residential Schools 18 25 0 9 4 56
State DOE 787 272 36 344 162 1,601
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 805 297 36 353 166 1,657

Grade: 3

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Residential Schools 34 35 0 12 7 88
State DOE 853 243 42 201 150 1,489
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 887 278 42 213 157 1,577

Grade: 4

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Residential Schools 26 41 2 4 3 76
State DOE 869 275 51 164 141 1,500
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 895 316 53 168 144 1,576

Grade: 5

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Residential Schools 34 43 0 5 1 83
State DOE 912 231 55 97 142 1,437
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 0 1 1
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 946 274 55 102 144 1,521

Grade: 6

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Residential Schools 44 44 1 2 4 95
State DOE 908 243 51 65 151 1,418
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 0 2 2
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 952 287 52 67 157 1,515

Grade: 7

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Residential Schools 59 49 3 5 8 124
State DOE 929 256 65 47 146 1,443
Multihandicapped 1 0 0 0 0 1
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 989 305 68 52 154 1,568

Grade: 8

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Residential Schools 58 44 3 1 3 109
State DOE 941 243 89 37 144 1,454
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 999 287 92 38 147 1,563

Grade: 9

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Residential Schools 74 72 0 2 4 152
State DOE 957 256 88 26 128 1,455
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 1,031 328 88 28 132 1,607

Grade: 10

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Residential Schools 82 64 2 5 5 158
State DOE 874 221 76 26 91 1,288
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 0 1 1
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 956 285 78 31 97 1,447

Grade: 11

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Residential Schools 74 70 4 4 3 155
State DOE 837 217 81 14 92 1,241
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 911 287 85 18 95 1,396

Grade: 12

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Residential Schools 70 68 2 7 2 149
State DOE 744 203 67 17 86 1,117
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 0 1 1
Rehabilitation 11 18 13 0 0 42
Totals 825 289 82 24 89 1,309

Academic Nongraded:

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Residential Schools 82 128 30 56 61 357
State DOE 627 160 174 309 1,156 2,426
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 1 12 13
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 709 288 204 366 1,229 2,796

Postgraduate:

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Residential Schools 2 6 0 0 0 8
State DOE 15 2 1 0 10 28
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rehabilitation 13 23 28 0 0 64
Totals 30 31 29 0 10 100

Vocational:

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Residential Schools 9 10 2 0 4 25
State DOE 35 3 3 0 15 56
Multihandicapped 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rehabilitation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 44 13 5 0 19 81

Adult Students:

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Residential Schools 24 33 33 3 56 149
State DOE 449 358 936 73 3,167 4,983
Multihandicapped 79 19 183 35 1,393 1,709
Rehabilitation 583 623 900 37 59 2,202
Totals 1,135 1,033 2,052 148 4,675 9,043

Other Registrants:

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Residential Schools 143 171 168 171 655 1,308
State DOE 1,115 261 810 1,165 9,835 13,186
Multihandicapped 0 0 10 8 125 143
Rehabilitation 1 0 0 31 3 35
Totals 1,259 432 988 1,375 10,618 14,672

Totals:

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Prereaders Nonreaders Totals
Residential Schools 888 954 253 1,637 826 4,558
State DOE 12,885 3,824 2,664 12,921 16,105 48,399
Multihandicapped 80 19 193 67 1,535 1,894
Rehabilitation 608 664 941 299 62 2,574
Totals 14,461 5,461 4,051 14,924 18,528 57,425

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 48,399 84%
Multihandicapped 1,894 3%
Rehabilitation 2,574 5%

Student Totals and Percentages by Reading Medium:

Visual Readers 14,461 25%
Braille Readers 5,461 10%
Auditory Readers 4,051 7%
Prereaders 14,924 26%
Nonreaders 18,528 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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