Subject: Blind Literacy Survey 2008
Source: Jacqueline McKim, Planner, Data Coordination
Intended Audience: Superintendents, Directors, Principals, and Program
Managers of Public or Private (Non-Profit) Schools or Agencies Serving
Blind/Visually Impaired Students
Date: December 4, 2007
DESE is mandated to report to the Missouri Legislature the educational
status of blind students. The Blind Literacy Survey, in part, is used to
collect this information. Assistance from districts/agencies in completing
this survey will provide useful information regarding students who are
blind. Districts/agencies may also receive notification of this request from
the Missouri School for the Blind as part of the annual Federal Quota
Registration for American Printing House, Inc.
For convenience, the Division has developed a one-page survey that is
accessed, completed, and submitted via the web. Each district/agency should
complete one survey by January 31, 2008.
Please provide the following information regarding blind students ages 3
through 21 reported on the Federal Quota Registration (enrollment as of
January 7, 2008).
The number of students who:
1) Receive materials in Braille and Braille-related services,
2) Receive materials in Braille and Braille-related services BUT no longer
receive Braille instruction,
3) Use a slate and stylus or other Braille writing device,
4) Received transition planning services with cooperation from
Rehabilitative Services for the Blind as part of their IEP, and
5) Have been or will be referred to Rehabilitative Services for the Blind
during this school year.
To complete the Blind Literacy Survey, please go to the following web
address and follow the instructions:
http://dese.mo.gov/divspeced/BLSurvey.html. If you experience any
problems or have questions regarding this survey, please contact the Jackie
McKim, Data Coordination at (573) 751-0993 or