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Subject: 2014 Federal Quota Registration of Blind Students

Source: Missouri School for the Blind

Intended Audience: LEAs and SEAs serving students who are legally blind

DATE: January 8, 2014

Missouri School for the Blind mailed the packets for the 2014 Federal Quota Registration of Legally Blind Students to LEAs and SEAs in late December 2013.  The Federal Quota Registration is the census that records legally blind students who are eligible to receive materials provided by the federal Act to Promote the Education of the Blind.  This program is a means whereby a per capita amount of money is designated for the purchase of educational materials for each eligible student registered through an established Federal Quota account maintained and administered by the American Printing House for the Blind (APH).

When you complete the registration form, be sure to read all instructions carefully. In particular: 

Note the distinctions in definitions regarding primary reading media for pre-readers and non-readers.

   A "pre-reader" is identified as an infant, preschooler, or older student with reading potential or a student working on or toward a readiness level.

   A "non-reader" is a student who shows no reading potential.   A student with severe and profound disabilities who does not read but uses objects, pictures, or specially designed tactual communication symbols would be considered a "non-reader" for the purposes of this registration. 

Note that a student who has a multiple disability that includes legal blindness (not reported as visually impaired for Child Count purposes) can and should be included on this registry.

Should you have any questions regarding the 2014 Federal Quota Registration of Blind Students, contact Yvonne.Ali@msb.dese.mo.gov.  Please return the completed registration form to Yvonne Ali, Missouri School for the Blind, 3815 Magnolia Avenue, St Louis, MO 63110.  The deadline for the completion and return of this Registry is February 1, 2014.