The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) provides materials for individuals who are blind or visually impaired (BVI). The Federal Quota Program provides funds for participating states and agencies to purchase educational materials from APH.
Congress appropriates the funds through the Act to Promote the Education of the Blind. APH and its Ex Officio Trustees manage the funds. Roxanne Balfour serves as the Ex Officio Trustee for Michigan.
Federal Quota Program funds are allocated annually based on student information collected through the APH census.
To release the funds, specific information for each eligible child is gathered and reported. Each year, school districts help MDE-LIO collect, compile, and submit this information to APH.
All of the information reported is confidential under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The information is not shared outside the APH census process for any reason, unless permitted by state or federal law.
How Information is Collected and Reported
Teachers of students who are blind or visually impaired compile the information requested by the APH census. The teachers then work with a regional representative who reports the data to the state’s Ex Officio Trustee to submit to APH. The trustee is responsible for securely submitting accurate student information.
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) requires parent/guardian consent to release a student’s personal information. This helps inform parents of the process as well as their right to decline to consent.
If the parent or guardian does not consent to release student information, APH funds will not be available to the school district for that student.
For questions about the APH census or Federal Quota Program, please email Roxanne Balfour at firstname.lastname@example.org.