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IERC Federal Quota Annual Census/Registration of Legally Blind Students

The IERC administers the Federal Quota dollars for the State of Indiana through the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) and registers all eligible legally blind students, public and private, with APH.

Each year during the month of January, Authorized Officials or their Designees are asked to participate in the "Annual Census of Students Who Are Legally Blind". The purpose of the registration is to enroll eligible students who meet the legal definition of blindness to generate Federal Quota dollars. Find a  template of a form for the eye care specialist for census.

In order for the State of Indiana to participate in the Federal "Act to Promote the Education of the Blind", the registration status of all students who are legally blind is reviewed annually. The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) administers the federal quota allocation for all states, including Indiana. Funds are appropriated by Congress to APH for the production of specialized instructional materials to be used by students who are legally blind. The appropriated amount is then divided into separate accounts within each state according to the number of students who are legally blind reported in an annual registration.

Students must be legally blind, enrolled in educational programs below the college level and have a parental consent form, in English  or Spanish , on file in order to be eligible for inclusion on the list sent by the IERC to APH. For additional information regarding the parental consent process, read our consent to release student information talking points  as well a short FAQ  document. You may also access a letter from APH in English  or Spanish , to share with parents, regarding the need for parental consent and how APH collects and uses the student data for the purposes of the Federal Quota program.

Schools or agencies may order items available from APH federal quota allocation equal to the funds generated by the number of students who are legally blind registered by them each year. So long as funds are available within a given year, the IERC will honor any reasonable and legitimate request for APH material that is approved by the designated contact person. Items ordered with APH federal quota funds must originally be used by students who are legally blind and generated the dollars. Materials ordered with Federal Quota dollars are the property of the State of Indiana and must be returned to the IERC after the student is finished using them.

For more information regarding the federal quota, visit: APH Federal Quota Overview

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