APH Field Services & Federal Quota Info
APH Ex Officio Trustees such as these are supported in their administration of the Act to Promote the Education of the Blind by APH’s Field Services Department.
The term "Field Services" refers to the informational, consultative, and administrative services provided by APH staff to support Ex Officio Trustees in their administration of the Federal Quota Program. This includes but is not limited to:
- Communications to Trustees
- Field work and presentations
- Implementations of the Federal Quota census
- Catalogs, brochures, and product literature
- Referral services and technical support for instructional and technological questions
Through Field Services, APH personnel are available to conduct training sessions, presentations, and workshops in availability, teaching methodology, and prescriptive use of the specially-designed materials.
- National Instructional Partnerships
- University Instructional Partnership
- Product Information Project
- Information for Families
- The Staff of Field Services
Workshops & Publications
- APH News — Read the latest issue!
- Webcast and Video Archive
- APH Information and Training Podcast Site — includes archives of previous shows!
- Quick Tips Videos
- Homegrown Series Videos about APH Products
Annual Meeting of Ex Officio Trustees and Special Guests
- Annual Meeting Purpose and Past Meeting Highlights — Includes photo galleries, session videos and audio, and future dates.
Federal Quota Reference
Appropriate Use of Federal Quota Census Data
NOTICE: For Press Members and Researchers: The number of students who read braille in the United States CANNOT be determined from these 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.
- What is Federal Quota?
- An Overview of Federal Quota
- Product Eligibility Criteria for Federal Quota
- Read US Code, Title 20, Chapter 6Opens a new window (via Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute)
- Ex Officio Trustee Handbook Updated for 2018! Also available in Word (.docx).
- APH Ex Officio Trustee Catalog Request Form
- Federal Quota Order Form
- Distribution of Eligible Students Census Data, Fiscal Year: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006
Ex Officio Trustee Advisory Committees & Directories
- Current directory of Ex Officio Trustees of APH
- Educational Products Advisory Committee
- Educational Services Advisory Committee
- Advisory Committees’ Report, 2017
- Archive of Earlier Advisory Committees’ Reports and the APH Responses
Videos from APH’s Museum Exhibit, “Products for Students”
The following videos were created for a permanent exhibit in the APH Museum, “Products for Students: APH Partners with the Federal Government,” that covers many aspects of the Act to Promote the Education of the Blind (1879). The first video features Dr. Michael Bina and students of the Maryland School for the Blind. The second offers the perspectives of seasoned APH Ex Officio Trustees: Lou Tutt, Colorado (now Executive Director of AER); Leslie Durst, Indiana; and Nancy Niebrugge, California. The third includes historical views of APH presented by government Leaders: Kentucky Governor Beshear, U.S. Congressman Yarmuth, and U.S. Senator McConnell.