Federal Quota

What is Federal Quota?                                                                                                                                     The Federal Act to Promote the Education of the Blind was enacted by Congress in 1879. This act is a means for providing adapted educational materials to 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 which are maintained and administered by APH and its Ex Officio Trustees throughout the country.

Learners diagnosed with CVI and no other visual impairment may qualify for Federal Quota under:                                                                                                                                                       Function at the Definition of Blindness (FDB) which is visual performance reduced by brain injury or dysfunction when visual function meets the definition of blindness as determined by an eye care specialist or neurologist.

Learners diagnosed with CVI and another visual impairment may qualify for Federal Quota under:                                                                                                                        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.

There is no chronological age limit for eligibility.

For more information and a description of how the Federal Quota Program works, go to http://www.aph.org/federal-quota/what-is-federal-quota/