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School Experience for Children and Youth with Vision Loss

Updated January 2014

Educational Program Attendance (2012 APH Data)

According to the 2012 Annual Report from the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), of the 59,193 children who are legally blind, approximately 8% (4,859) are registered by residential schools for the blind, 84% (49,794) are registered by state departments of education, 6% (3,301)are registered by rehabilitation programs, and 2% (1,239) are registered by multiple disability programs.

Definition and scope: The children referred to range in age from 0-21 years and only include those children with vision loss that are legally blind. Legal blindness is a level of vision loss that has been defined by law to determine eligibility for benefits. It refers to explicitly to those who have a central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with the best possible correction, or a visual field of 20 degrees or less.

Data source: 2012 Annual Report: American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. http://www.aph.org/annual-reports/2012. The American Printing House for the Blind maintains an annual register of people who are legally blind in educational settings below the college level.


Primary Reading Medium (2012 APH Data)

According to the 2012 Annual Report from the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), of the 59,193 children who are legally blind, approximately 9% (5,186) of legally blind children use braille, 28% (16,635) are visual readers, 8% (4,728) are auditory readers, 21%(12,283) are pre-readers, and 34% (20,361) are non-readers.

Definition and scope: The children referred to range in age from 0-21 years and only include those children with vision loss that are legally blind. Legal blindness is a level of vision loss that has been defined by law to determine eligibility for benefits. It refers to explicitly to those who have a central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with the best possible correction, or a visual field of 20 degrees or less.

Data source: 2012 Annual Report: American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. http://www.aph.org/annual-reports/2012. The American Printing House for the Blind maintains an annual register of people who are legally blind in educational settings below the college level.


Educational Program Attendance (2011 APH Data)

According to the 2011 Annual Report from the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), of the 58,939 children who are legally blind, approximately 9% (5,159) are registered by residential schools for the blind, 83% (49,132) are registered by state departments of education, 6% (3,273)are registered by rehabilitation programs, and 2% (1,375) are registered by multiple disability programs.

Definition and scope: The children referred to range in age from 0-21 years and only include those children with vision loss that are legally blind. Legal blindness is a level of vision loss that has been defined by law to determine eligibility for benefits. It refers to explicitly to those who have a central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with the best possible correction, or a visual field of 20 degrees or less.

Data source: 2011 Annual Report: American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. http://www.aph.org/annual-reports/2011. The American Printing House for the Blind maintains an annual register of people who are legally blind in educational settings below the college level.


Primary Reading Medium (2011 APH Data)

According to the 2011 Annual Report from the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), of the 58,939 children who are legally blind, approximately 9% (5,329) of legally blind children use braille, 27% (16,220) are visual readers, 8% (4,704) are auditory readers, 21%(12,369) are pre-readers, and 34% (20,319) are non-readers.

Definition and scope: The children referred to range in age from 0-21 years and only include those children with vision loss that are legally blind. Legal blindness is a level of vision loss that has been defined by law to determine eligibility for benefits. It refers to explicitly to those who have a central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with the best possible correction, or a visual field of 20 degrees or less.

Data source: 2011 Annual Report: American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. http://www.aph.org/annual-reports/2011. The American Printing House for the Blind maintains an annual register of people who are legally blind in educational settings below the college level.


Educational Program Attendance (2010 APH Data)

According to the 2010 Annual Report from the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), of the 59,341 children who are legally blind, approximately 9% (5,257) are registered by residential schools for the blind, 83% (49,398) are registered by state departments of education, 5% (3,065)are registered by rehabilitation programs, and 3% (1,621) are registered by multiple disability programs.

Definition and scope: The children referred to range in age from 0-21 years and only include those children with vision loss that are legally blind. Legal blindness is a level of vision loss that has been defined by law to determine eligibility for benefits. It refers to explicitly to those who have a central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with the best possible correction, or a visual field of 20 degrees or less.

Data source: 2010 Annual Report: American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. http://www.aph.org/about/ar2010.html. The American Printing House for the Blind maintains an annual register of people who are legally blind in educational settings below the college level.


Primary Reading Medium (2010 APH Data)

According to the 2010 Annual Report from the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), of the 59,341 children who are legally blind, approximately 9% (5,411) of legally blind children use braille, 27% (16,075) are visual readers, 8% (4,561) are auditory readers, 22% (13,026) are pre-readers, and 34%(20,268) are non-readers.

Definition and scope: The children referred to range in age from 0-21 years and only include those children with vision loss that are legally blind. Legal blindness is a level of vision loss that has been defined by law to determine eligibility for benefits. It refers to explicitly to those who have a central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with the best possible correction, or a visual field of 20 degrees or less.

Data source: 2010 Annual Report: American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. http://www.aph.org/about/ar2010.html. The American Printing House for the Blind maintains an annual register of people who are legally blind in educational settings below the college level.

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