Annual Report 2012: Distribution of Eligible Students Based on the Federal Quota Census of January 3, 2011 (Fiscal Year 2012)

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 Symbolic Readers / Non-readers Total
State Departments of Education 29 17 60 2,693 534 3,333
Schools for the Blind 4 5 47 813 242 1,111
Rehabilitation Programs 7 4 17 249 16 293
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 13 14 27
Totals 40 26 124 3,768 806 4,764

Preschool

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Symbolic Readers / Non-readers Total
State Departments of Education 318 131 172 3,694 1,212 5,527
Schools for the Blind 15 20 33 281 98 447
Rehabilitation Programs 3 0 4 15 9 31
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 6 13 19
Totals 336 151 209 3,996 1,332 6,024

Kindergarten

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Symbolic Readers / Non-readers Total
State Departments of Education 579 194 102 972 692 2,494
Schools for the Blind 12 5 7 68 20 112
Rehabilitation Programs 2 0 1 1 0 4
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 593 199 110 996 712 2,610

Grade 1

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Symbolic Readers / Non-readers Total
State Departments of Education 835 202 70 514 639 2,260
Schools for the Blind 21 18 10 37 10 96
Rehabilitation Programs 5 0 0 1 0 6
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 1 1 2
Totals 861 220 80 553 650 2,364

Grade 2

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Symbolic Readers / Non-readers Total
State Departments of Education 1,002 269 91 360 581 2,303
Schools for the Blind 24 22 4 22 8 80
Rehabilitation Programs 3 2 2 0 0 7
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 0 1 1
Totals 1,029 293 97 382 590 2,391

Grade 3

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Symbolic Readers / Non-readers Total
State Departments of Education 1,065 268 103 269 598 2,303
Schools for the Blind 35 18 8 12 12 85
Rehabilitation Programs 1 1 0 1 0 3
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 2 0 0 2
Totals 1,101 287 113 282 610 2,393

Grade 4

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Symbolic Readers / Non-readers Total
State Departments of Education 1,052 261 112 188 605 2,218
Schools for the Blind 35 39 10 7 16 107
Rehabilitation Programs 6 2 0 0 0 8
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 1 0 3 4
Totals 1,093 302 123 195 624 2,337

Grade 5

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Symbolic Readers / Non-readers Total
State Departments of Education 1,044 276 134 190 566 2,210
Schools for the Blind 45 39 10 5 12 111
Rehabilitation Programs 5 0 0 0 2 7
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 2 0 2 4
Totals 1,094 315 146 195 582 2,332

Grade 6

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Symbolic Readers / Non-readers Total
State Departments of Education 1,061 282 121 142 521 2,127
Schools for the Blind 54 57 9 9 10 139
Rehabilitation Programs 2 2 0 0 1 5
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 0 1 1
Totals 1,117 341 130 151 533 2,272

Grade 7

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Symbolic Readers / Non-readers Total
State Departments of Education 1,056 230 132 104 485 2,007
Schools for the Blind 57 51 10 7 9 134
Rehabilitation Programs 6 0 1 0 0 7
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 0 1 1
Totals 1,119 281 143 111 495 2,149

Grade 8

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Symbolic Readers / Non-readers Total
State Departments of Education 1,013 266 157 102 506 2,044
Schools for the Blind 77 66 12 12 12 179
Rehabilitation Programs 3 0 2 0 0 5
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 1 0 3 4
Totals 1,093 332 172 114 521 2,232

Grade 9

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Symbolic Readers / Non-readers Total
State Departments of Education 1,064 238 161 92 439 1,994
Schools for the Blind 76 77 15 6 10 184
Rehabilitation Programs 5 1 2 0 0 8
Multiple Disabilities Programs 1 0 0 0 0 1
Totals 1,146 316 178 98 449 2,187

Grade 10

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Symbolic Readers / Non-readers Total
State Departments of Education 1,042 258 152 87 415 1,954
Schools for the Blind 77 77 13 10 11 188
Rehabilitation Programs 3 0 3 1 0 7
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 1,122 335 168 98 426 2,149

Grade 11

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Symbolic Readers / Non-readers Total
State Departments of Education 959 253 148 59 410 1,829
Schools for the Blind 87 86 28 11 5 217
Rehabilitation Programs 3 1 2 0 1 7
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 0 1 1
Totals 1,049 340 178 70 417 2,054

Grade 12

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Symbolic Readers / Non-readers Total
State Departments of Education 1,111 268 192 60 749 2,380
Schools for the Blind 138 134 49 7 25 353
Rehabilitation Programs 24 3 1 0 1 29
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 0 1 1
Totals 1,273 405 242 67 776 2,763

Academic Nongraded

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Symbolic Readers / Non-readers Total
State Departments of Education 282 64 117 127 583 1,173
Schools for the Blind 42 77 58 27 103 307
Rehabilitation Programs 1 0 0 0 2 3
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 0 1 1
Totals 325 141 175 154 689 1,484

Postgraduate

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Symbolic Readers / Non-readers Total
State Departments of Education 32 14 9 22 41 118
Schools for the Blind 3 7 2 0 0 12
Rehabilitation Programs 0 0 0 0 0 0
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 1 1 2
Totals 35 21 11 23 42 132

Vocational

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Symbolic Readers / Non-readers Total
State Departments of Education 39 11 9 6 12 77
Schools for the Blind 19 22 9 2 0 52
Rehabilitation Programs 5 2 10 11 12 40
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 7 0 1 8
Totals 63 35 35 19 25 177

Adult Students

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Symbolic Readers / Non-readers Total
State Departments of Education 389 210 619 62 2,336 3,616
Schools for the Blind 39 68 25 5 105 242
Rehabilitation Programs 1,031 376 909 41 350 2,707
Multiple Disabilities Programs 41 19 61 13 923 1,057
Totals 1,500 673 1,614 121 3,714 7,622

Other Registrants

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Symbolic Readers / Non-readers Total
State Departments of Education 572 113 555 802 5,785 7,827
Schools for the Blind 59 59 86 82 417 703
Rehabilitation Programs 14 1 30 1 78 124
Multiple Disabilities Programs 1 0 9 5 88 103
Totals 646 173 680 890 6,368 8,757

Totals

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Symbolic Readers / Non-readers Total
State Departments of Education 14,544 3,825 3,216 10,500 17,709 49,794
Schools for the Blind 919 947 445 1,423 1,125 4,859
Rehabilitation Programs 1,129 395 984 321 472 3,301
Multiple Disabilities Programs 43 19 83 39 1,055 1,239
Totals 16,635 5,186 4,728 12,283 20,361 59,193

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 84.1%
Schools for the Blind 8.2%
Rehabilitation Programs 5.6%
Multiple Disabilities Programs 2.1%

Student Percentages by Reading Medium: Primary

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Visual Readers 28.1%
Braille Readers 8.8%
Auditory Readers 8.0%
Pre-Readers 20.7%
Symbolic Readers / Non-readers 34.4%

Student Percentages by Reading Medium: Secondary

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Visual Readers 3.7%
Braille Readers 4.9%
Auditory Readers 29.0%
Not Applicable 62.4%

Student Readers by Reading Medium

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Visual 62.7%
Braille 19.5%
Auditory 17.8%

Note: Total number of student readers: 26,549

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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