The federal Act to Promote the Education of the Blind provides funds for adapted educational materials for eligible students who meet the definition of blindness. An annual registration of eligible students determines a per capita amount of money designated for the purchase of educational materials produced by the American Printing House for the Blind (APH). These funds are credited to Federal Quota accounts maintained and administered by APH and its Ex Officio Trustees throughout the country.
Who is Eligible?
In order for students to be eligible for registration in the Federal Quota Program, they MUST meet the following requirements:
- meet the definition of blindness -- "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."
- "be enrolled in a formally organized public or private, nonprofit educational program of less than college level"
- be enrolled with the registering school or agency on the first Monday in January
Who are the Ex Officio Trustees?
For each residential school for the blind, state department of education, or agency for the blind that participates in the Federal Quota Program, an Ex Officio Trustee of the American Printing House for the Blind must be designated. Each Ex Officio Trustee is entrusted with the administration of the Federal Quota Program within his or her system.
Want more Info?
For more information about the Federal Quota Program, visit www.aph.org or call 1-800-223-1839.
On our web site, you can find contact information for the Ex Officio Trustees in your state. These Trustees can give you the specific information about whether your student may qualify for materials purchased with Federal Quota funds.
Opening Doors Through An Act to Promote the Education of the Blind
This 20 minute VHS video presents an overview of the 1879 Act to Promote the Education of
the Blind. With students as the focus, this presentation concentrates on the Federal Quota Program, the annual census of blind students, and the role of Ex Officio Trustees in the administration of the Act. For more information, call the APH Department of Field Services, ext. 300.
American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.
1839 Frankfort Avenue
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6085
Louisville, Kentucky 40206-0085
Toll Free: 800-223-1839
Web site: http://www.aph.org