Distribution of Eligible Students Based on the Federal Quota Census of January 01, 2007 (Fiscal Year 2008)

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 reading media.

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.

Before citing these data in a publication, please contact the American Printing House for the Blind at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

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 Non-readers Totals
State Departments of Education 48 23 14 3055 731 3871
Schools for the Blind 20 25 11 988 166 1210
Rehabilitation Programs 1 9 14 97 50 171
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 12 13 25
Totals 69 57 39 4152 960 5277

PRESCHOOL

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Totals
State Departments of Education 202 96 127 3760 970 5155
Schools for the Blind 22 15 15 258 74 384
Rehabilitation Programs 7 7 1 19 16 50
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 12 9 21
Totals 231 118 143 4049 1069 5610

KINDERGARTEN

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Totals
State Departments of Education 585 203 90 999 432 2309
Schools for the Blind 22 15 5 46 14 102
Rehabilitation Programs 0 0 0 0 0 0
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 1 0 2 3
Totals 607 218 96 1045 448 2414

GRADE 1

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Totals
State Departments of Education 758 252 103 520 367 2000
Schools for the Blind 29 33 5 12 9 88
Rehabilitation Programs 3 1 0 0 0 4
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 790 286 108 532 376 2092

GRADE 2

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Totals
State Departments of Education 857 271 73 356 376 1933
Schools for the Blind 27 32 11 15 7 92
Rehabilitation Programs 1 0 0 1 0 2
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 885 303 84 372 383 2027

GRADE 3

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Totals
State Departments of Education 898 248 104 220 301 1771
Schools for the Blind 27 28 6 6 7 76
Rehabilitation Programs 2 0 0 0 0 2
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 1 1 0 2 4
Totals 927 277 111 226 312 1853

GRADE 4

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Totals
State Departments of Education 972 285 109 178 285 1829
Schools for the Blind 39 30 3 10 14 96
Rehabilitation Programs 5 0 0 0 0 5
Multiple Disabilities Programs 1 0 0 0 1 2
Totals 1017 315 112 188 300 1932

GRADE 5

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Totals
State Departments of Education 968 274 102 129 305 1778
Schools for the Blind 40 36 4 4 8 92
Rehabilitation Programs 0 0 0 0 0 0
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 0 3 3
Totals 1008 310 106 133 316 1873

GRADE 6

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Totals
State Departments of Education 950 251 106 97 229 1633
Schools for the Blind 58 52 8 3 10 131
Rehabilitation Programs 2 0 0 0 0 2
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 1010 303 114 100 239 1766

GRADE 7

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Totals
State Departments of Education 984 266 93 84 235 1662
Schools for the Blind 67 70 9 6 11 163
Rehabilitation Programs 0 0 0 0 0 0
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 1051 336 102 90 246 1825

GRADE 8

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Totals
State Departments of Education 1029 247 110 49 256 1691
Schools for the Blind 80 80 10 4 12 186
Rehabilitation Programs 0 0 0 1 0 1
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 0 1 1
Totals 1109 327 120 54 269 1879

GRADE 9

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Totals
State Departments of Education 1072 273 126 55 277 1803
Schools for the Blind 79 83 13 5 10 190
Rehabilitation Programs 0 0 1 1 0 2
Multiple Disabilities Programs 1 0 0 1 0 2
Totals 1152 356 140 62 287 1997

GRADE 10

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Totals
State Departments of Education 1015 282 136 32 251 1716
Schools for the Blind 91 94 10 7 13 215
Rehabilitation Programs 6 0 1 0 0 7
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 1112 376 147 39 264 1938

GRADE 11

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Totals
State Departments of Education 894 259 115 30 200 1498
Schools for the Blind 76 90 12 3 16 197
Rehabilitation Programs 1 0 0 0 0 1
Multiple Disabilities Programs 1 0 0 0 1 2
Totals 972 349 127 33 217 1698

GRADE 12

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Totals
State Departments of Education 902 281 155 31 375 1744
Schools for the Blind 86 119 26 8 25 264
Rehabilitation Programs 11 5 4 2 0 22
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 1 0 1 2
Totals 999 405 186 41 401 2032

ACADEMIC NONGRADED

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Totals
State Departments of Education 393 78 149 169 839 1628
Schools for the Blind 60 93 53 50 111 367
Rehabilitation Programs 2 0 0 0 4 6
Multiple Disabilities Programs 2 0 1 0 8 11
Totals 457 171 203 219 962 2012

POSTGRADUATE

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Totals
State Departments of Education 24 6 14 28 35 107
Schools for the Blind 11 6 5 1 0 23
Rehabilitation Programs 0 0 0 0 0 0
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 3 0 0 3
Totals 35 12 22 29 35 133

VOCATIONAL

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Totals
State Departments of Education 30 6 11 1 17 65
Schools for the Blind 6 29 13 0 1 49
Rehabilitation Programs 0 0 1 0 0 1
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 36 35 25 1 18 115

ADULT STUDENTS

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Totals
State Departments of Education 412 215 680 54 2472 3833
Schools for the Blind 40 28 22 5 132 227
Rehabilitation Programs 845 478 961 58 242 2584
Multiple Disabilities Programs 39 11 102 20 1268 1440
Totals 1336 732 1765 137 4114 8084

OTHER REGISTRANTS

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Totals
State Departments of Education 763 191 509 1038 8260 10761
Schools for the Blind 102 87 112 118 492 911
Rehabilitation Programs 0 1 22 0 9 32
Multiple Disabilities Programs 1 3 9 5 109 127
Totals 866 282 652 1161 8870 11831

TOTALS

  Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Totals
State Departments of Education 13756 4007 2926 10885 17213 48787
Schools for the Blind 982 1045 353 1549 1134 5063
Rehabilitation Programs 886 501 1005 179 321 2892
Multiple Disabilities Programs 45 15 118 50 1418 1646
Totals 15669 5568 4402 12663 20086 58388

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:

State Departments of Education 48787 83.6%
Schools for the Blind 5063 8.7%
Rehabilitation Programs 2892 4.9%
Multiple Disabilities Programs 1646 2.8%

STUDENT READERS BY READING MEDIUM:

Visual 61.1%
Braille 21.7%
Auditory 17.2%

STUDENT TOTALS AND PERCENTAGES BY PRIMARY READING MEDIUM REPORTING CODES:

Visual Reader 15669 26.9%
Braille Reader 5568 9.5%
Auditory Reader 4402 7.5%
Pre-Reader 12663 21.7%
Non-Reader 20086 34.4%

STUDENT PERCENTAGES BY SECONDARY READING MEDIUM REPORTING CODES:

Visual Reader 2.2%
Braille Reader 4.2%
Auditory Reader 24.5%
Not Applicable 69.1%

EXPLANATION OF READING MEDIA:

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.

Visit Our House!