American Printing House for the Blind Federal Quota

In order to determine who is eligible for Federal Quota Materials (APH Materials), an annual national census is taken. The effective date of this registration is the first Monday of January each year. For students to be eligible to participate in the Federal Quota Program, they MUST fulfill the following requirements:

  • Meet the Definition of Blindness (MDB) central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with correcting glasses or a peripheral field so contracted that the widest diameter of such field subtends an angular distance no greater than 20 degrees
    Function at the Definition of Blindness (FDB) – when visual performance is reduced by brain injury or dysfunction
    as determined by an eye care specialist (ophthalmologist or optometrist) or other medical doctor such as a neurologist.
  • Be enrolled in a formally organized public or private, nonprofit Educational program of less than college level
  • School-aged students must be enrolled with the registering school or agency on the first Monday in January. Adult students must be registered for at least three months of instruction during the preceding calendar year (an accumulation of 12 weeks).

Several factors to remember are:

  • There is NO chronological age requirement for eligibility.
  • Students must be working at less than college level
  • Students cannot be registered by two schools or Federal Quota accounts.
  • Adults to be registered must be receiving a minimum of 20 hours of instruction per week in an educational program. Social and leisure programs do not qualify as instruction. However, student practice to develop skills can be included in instructional hours. For theses purposes, an adult is a student over school age as determined by respective state law.

States collect, compile, and submit to APH the annual census of eligible students.

For each student, the following information must be reported:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • School system or agency in which student is enrolled
  • Grade Placement
  • Meet or function at the definition of blindness
  • Primary reading medium
  • Primary Instructional Language of Learner

APH processes the data reported by electronically screening all records, eliminating ineligible students and duplicate registrations. After review the final number of eligible students is determined. The cycle then continues…The appropriation from Congress is divided by the total number of eligible students, thus determining the per capita Federal Quota allocation.

The APH Federal Quota Census takes place each year. Licensed teachers of students with visual impairments are responsible for reporting students for the Federal Quota Census. Not responding by the due date will make your students ineligible for APH Materials!