Annual Report 2011: Distribution of Eligible Students Based on the Federal Quota Census of January 4, 2010 (Fiscal Year 2011)

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

NOTICE: For Press Members and Researchers: The number of students who read braille in the United States CANNOT be determined from these data.

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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 Total
State Departments of Education 43 18 42 2,908 586 3,597
Schools for the Blind 9 8 15 1,069 304 1,405
Rehabilitation Programs 7 7 6 233 18 271
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 5 17 22
Totals 59 33 63 4,215 925 5,295

Preschool

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Total
State Departments of Education 294 129 161 3,530 1,187 5,301
Schools for the Blind 19 13 50 309 57 448
Rehabilitation Programs 3 0 5 13 10 31
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 9 8 17
Totals 316 142 216 3861 1262 5797

Kindergarten

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Total
State Departments of Education 602 151 85 876 683 2397
Schools for the Blind 15 12 14 62 22 125
Rehabilitation Programs 4 0 2 3 1 10
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 1 0 1
Totals 621 163 101 942 706 2533

Grade 1

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Total
State Departments of Education 901 249 83 495 503 2231
Schools for the Blind 20 20 6 32 7 85
Rehabilitation Programs 1 2 1 0 1 5
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 0 1 1
Totals 922 271 90 527 512 2322

Grade 2

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Total
State Departments of Education 932 280 95 334 583 2224
Schools for the Blind 36 18 7 15 5 81
Rehabilitation Programs 2 2 0 1 1 6
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 0 1 1
Totals 970 300 102 350 590 2312

Grade 3

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Total
State Departments of Education 1000 249 111 251 587 2198
Schools for the Blind 24 27 7 12 12 82
Rehabilitation Programs 4 2 0 2 4 12
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 0 1 1
Totals 1028 278 118 265 604 2293

Grade 4

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Total
State Departments of Education 975 282 113 199 495 2064
Schools for the Blind 38 44 8 7 12 109
Rehabilitation Programs 5 0 0 1 4 10
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 1 1 0 3 5
Totals 1018 327 122 207 514 2188

Grade 5

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Total
State Departments of Education 982 293 118 160 541 2094
Schools for the Blind 41 45 12 7 8 113
Rehabilitation Programs 1 1 0 3 2 7
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 1 0 1 2
Totals 1024 339 131 170 552 2216

Grade 6

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Total
State Departments of Education 1009 242 140 125 496 2012
Schools for the Blind 48 46 11 6 5 116
Rehabilitation Programs 5 1 1 1 1 9
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 0 2 2
Totals 1062 289 152 132 504 2139

Grade 7

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Total
State Departments of Education 1000 265 143 112 479 1999
Schools for the Blind 55 53 13 9 9 139
Rehabilitation Programs 1 1 3 0 5 10
Multiple Disabilities Programs 1 0 0 0 0 1
Totals 1057 319 159 121 493 2149

Grade 8

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Total
State Departments of Education 1029 260 147 73 454 1963
Schools for the Blind 60 68 12 7 10 157
Rehabilitation Programs 7 0 2 1 0 10
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 1 0 3 4
Totals 1096 328 162 81 467 2134

Grade 9

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Total
State Departments of Education 1035 267 129 84 408 1923
Schools for the Blind 77 80 15 9 7 188
Rehabilitation Programs 5 1 2 0 2 10
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 1117 348 146 93 417 2121

Grade 10

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Total
State Departments of Education 1011

260 136 69 381 1857
Schools for the Blind 81 72 22 10 8 193
Rehabilitation Programs 3 0 1 0 0 4
Multiple Disabilities Programs 1 0 0 1 0 2
Totals 1096 332 159 80 389 2056

Grade 11

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Total
State Departments of Education 1017 254 141 39 383 1834
Schools for the Blind 96 107 23 3 12 241
Rehabilitation Programs 2 0 2 0 5 9
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 0 2 2
Totals 1115 361 166 42 402 2086

Grade 12

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Total
State Departments of Education 1078 286 226 68 681 2339
Schools for the Blind 99 124 47 9 22 301
Rehabilitation Programs 27 8 6 0 3 44
Multiple Disabilities Programs 1 1 0 0 1 3
Totals 1205 419 279 77 707 2687

Academic Nongraded

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Total
State Departments of Education 315 66 116 118 686 1301
Schools for the Blind 51 74 77 24 118 344
Rehabilitation Programs 8 0 0 3 2 13
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 1 0 3 4
Totals 374 140 194 145 809 1662

Postgraduate

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Total
State Departments of Education 34 16 14 17 46 127
Schools for the Blind 5 10 4 0 1 20
Rehabilitation Programs 0 0 0 36 9 45
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 1 1 0 2
Totals 39 26 19 54 56 194

Vocational

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Total
State Departments of Education 29 11 12 3 14 69
Schools for the Blind 16 29 5 0 0 50
Rehabilitation Programs 2 0 5 1 0 8
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 47 40 22 4 14 127

Adult Students

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Total
State Departments of Education 345 196 604 32 2224 3401
Schools for the Blind 54 42 17 0 96 209
Rehabilitation Programs 948 432 903 47 366 2696
Multiple Disabilities Programs 43 19 80 17 1032 1191
Totals 1390 689 1604 96 3718 7497

Other Registrants

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Total
State Departments of Education 579 123 563 820 6116 8201
Schools for the Blind 74 58 99 81 441 753
Rehabilitation Programs 10 1 26 2 24 63
Multiple Disabilities Programs 1 1 11 4 97 114
Totals 664 183 699 907 6678 9131

Totals

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Non-readers Total
State Departments of Education 14210 3897 3179 10313 17533 49132
Schools for the Blind 918 950 464 1671 1156 5159
Rehabilitation Programs 1045 458 965 347 458 3273
Multiple Disabilities Programs 47 22 96 38 1172 1375
Totals 16220 5327 4704 12369 20319 58939

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 83.4%
Schools for the Blind 8.7%
Rehabilitation Programs 5.6%
Multiple Disabilities Programs 2.3%

Student Readers by Reading Medium

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Visual 61.8%
Braille 20.3%
Auditory 17.9%

Student Percentages by Primary Reading Medium Reporting Codes

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Visual Readers 27.5%
Braille Readers 9.0%
Auditory Readers 8.0%
Pre-Readers 21.0%
Non-Readers 34.5%

Student Percentages by Secondary Reading Medium Reporting Codes

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Visual Readers 3.5%
Braille Readers 5.0%
Auditory Readers 27.1%
Not Applicable 64.4%

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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