Annual Report 2015: Distribution of Eligible Students Based on the Federal Quota Census of January 6, 2014 (Fiscal Year 2015)

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 Symbolic Readers / Non-readers Total
Totals 176 71 197 3,021 1,013 4,478
State Departments of Education 166 62 84 1,967 748 3,027
Schools for the Blind 7 4 79 848 208 1,146
Rehabilitation Programs 3 5 34 189 54 285
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 17 3 20

Preschool

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Symbolic Readers / Non-readers Total
Totals 661 187 322 3,056 1,468 5,694
State Departments of Education 640 171 255 2,688 1,388 5,142
Schools for the Blind 16 15 61 340 57 489
Rehabilitation Programs 5 1 6 19 11 42
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 9 12 21

Kindergarten

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Symbolic Readers / Non-readers Total
Totals 838 221 160 844 716 2,779
State Departments of Education 808 210 143 745 675 2,581
Schools for the Blind 21 11 15 96 28 171
Rehabilitation Programs 9 0 2 3 8 22
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 0 5 5

Grade 1

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Symbolic Readers / Non-readers Total
Totals 1,002 244 149 556 645 2,596
State Departments of Education 973 228 134 522 626 2,483
Schools for the Blind 24 15 13 34 12 98
Rehabilitation Programs 5 1 1 0 6 13
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 1 0 1 2

Grade 2

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Symbolic Readers / Non-readers Total
Totals 1,064 258 154 393 696 2,564
State Departments of Education 1,027 231 143 354 683 2,438
Schools for the Blind 30 27 11 37 9 114
Rehabilitation Programs 7 0 0 2 3 12
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 0 1 1

Grade 3

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Symbolic Readers / Non-readers Total
Totals 1,112 280 156 303 713 2,564
State Departments of Education 1,083 252 148 264 695 2,442
Schools for the Blind 24 26 7 38 9 104
Rehabilitation Programs 5 2 1 1 3 12
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 0 6 6

Grade 4

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Symbolic Readers / Non-readers Total
Totals 1,221 278 146 230 636 2,511
State Departments of Education 1,165 240 133 195 624 2,357
Schools for the Blind 48 36 12 34 7 137
Rehabilitation Programs 8 2 0 0 3 13
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 1 1 2 4

Grade 5

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Symbolic Readers / Non-readers Total
Totals 1,258 318 169 196 640 2,587
State Departments of Education 1,209 284 157 173 623 2,446
Schools for the Blind 48 33 9 22 10 122
Rehabilitation Programs 7 1 3 1 2 14
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 0 5 5

Grade 6

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Symbolic Readers / Non-readers Total
Totals 1,258 313 177 152 607 2,507
State Departments of Education 1,184 262 163 133 578 2,320
Schools for the Blind 64 47 12 17 21 161
Rehabilitation Programs 9 4 1 2 5 21
Multiple Disabilities Programs 1 0 1 0 3 5

Grade 7

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Symbolic Readers / Non-readers Total
Totals 1,211 321 174 103 589 2,398
State Departments of Education 1,129 263 160 93 571 2,216
Schools for the Blind 72 58 13 9 13 165
Rehabilitation Programs 10 0 1 1 3 15
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 0 2 2

Grade 8

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Symbolic Readers / Non-readers Total
Totals 1,223 344 169 107 561 2,404
State Departments of Education 1,131 265 158 96 541 2,191
Schools for the Blind 83 76 11 11 15 196
Rehabilitation Programs 9 3 0 0 2 14
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 0 3 3

Grade 9

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Symbolic Readers / Non-readers Total
Totals 1,216 341 183 88 513 2,341
State Departments of Education 1,119 260 161 76 494 2,110
Schools for the Blind 91 79 19 12 14 215
Rehabilitation Programs 5 2 3 0 2 12
Multiple Disabilities Programs 1 0 0 0 3 4

Grade 10

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Symbolic Readers / Non-readers Total
Totals 1,208 307 200 83 494 2,292
State Departments of Education 1,119 229 172 69 477 2,066
Schools for the Blind 83 77 26 14 13 213
Rehabilitation Programs 5 1 2 0 2 10
Multiple Disabilities Programs 1 0 0 0 2 3

Grade 11

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Symbolic Readers / Non-readers Total
Totals 1,115 331 197 74 447 2,164
State Departments of Education 1,020 255 179 58 427 1,939
Schools for the Blind 83 76 18 16 16 209
Rehabilitation Programs 11 0 0 0 2 13
Multiple Disabilities Programs 1 0 0 0 2 3

Grade 12

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Symbolic Readers / Non-readers Total
Totals 1,404 451 272 89 824 3,040
State Departments of Education 1,290 324 232 72 783 2,701
Schools for the Blind 101 126 34 17 35 313
Rehabilitation Programs 13 1 6 0 2 22
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 0 4 4

Academic Nongraded

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Symbolic Readers / Non-readers Total
Totals 328 78 147 130 557 1,240
State Departments of Education 304 36 130 103 507 1,080
Schools for the Blind 23 42 17 27 48 157
Rehabilitation Programs 1 0 0 0 1 2
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 0 1 1

Transition Students (formerly Postgraduate)

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Symbolic Readers / Non-readers Total
Totals 131 72 77 18 82 380
State Departments of Education 78 32 34 13 62 219
Schools for the Blind 49 40 42 5 17 153
Rehabilitation Programs 4 0 1 0 1 6
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 0 2 2

Functional Curriculum (formerly Vocational)

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Symbolic Readers / Non-readers Total
Totals 328 57 238 160 897 1,680
State Departments of Education 291 34 152 113 854 1,444
Schools for the Blind 35 23 58 11 20 147
Rehabilitation Programs 2 0 2 4 9 17
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 26 32 14 72

Adult Students

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Symbolic Readers / Non-readers Total
Totals 1,739 728 1,752 151 3,799 8,169
State Departments of Education 336 212 580 82 2,103 3,313
Schools for the Blind 136 89 75 3 91 394
Rehabilitation Programs 1,226 405 996 39 393 3,059
Multiple Disabilities Programs 41 22 101 27 1,212 1,403

Other Registrants

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Symbolic Readers / Non-readers Total
Totals 610 133 756 716 5,135 7,350
State Departments of Education 553 110 653 638 4,802 6,756
Schools for the Blind 45 23 76 75 273 492
Rehabilitation Programs 12 0 27 1 15 55
Multiple Disabilities Programs 0 0 0 2 45 47

Grand Totals, Fiscal Year 2015

Visual Readers Braille Readers Auditory Readers Pre-readers Symbolic Readers / Non-readers Total
Totals 19,109 5,333 5,795 10,470 21,032 61,739
State Departments of Education 16,625 3,960 3,971 8,454 18,261 51,271
Schools for the Blind 1,083 923 608 1,666 916 5,196
Rehabilitation Programs 1,356 428 1,086 262 527 3,659
Multiple Disabilities Programs 45 22 130 88 1,328 1,613

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 83.04%
Schools for the Blind 8.42%
Rehabilitation Programs 5.93%
Multiple Disabilities Programs 2.61%

Student Percentages by Primary Reading Medium Reporting Codes

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Braille Readers 8.64%
Auditory Readers 9.39%
Pre-readers 16.96%
Visual Readers 30.95%
Symbolic Readers / Non-readers 34.07%

Student Percentages by Secondary Reading Medium Reporting Codes

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Auditory Readers 29.96%
Braille Readers 5.22%
Not Applicable 60.38%
Visual Readers 4.44%

Student Readers by Reading Medium

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Visual Readers 63.2%
Braille Readers 17.2%
Auditory Readers 19.2%

Note: Total number of student readers: 30,237

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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