As I highlight APH products, I have made a point to indicate clearly when a product is available using Quota Funds. Why do I consider this such valuable information? Many readers may be familiar with this program but other new TVIs and teachers at Schools for the Blind may benefit from clear information on this program. In this blog, I will explain the Quota Fund program, how your student can benefit from the program, and which science products on the site can be purchased using Quota Funds.
What Are Federal Quota Funds?
Quota Funds have been available for all eligible blind and visually impaired students since 1879 with the "Act to Promote the Education of the Blind." This act allotted monies to provide books and other materials for the blind. Funds are available for all ages with the stipulations that the student be enrolled at least 20 hours in an educational program but not at college level. The allotment is per person and is purchases must be made through APH (American Printing House for the Blind) only.
APH gives a nice overview of Federal Quota Funds and how this program works. The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) provides similar information in the article APH Quota Funds: How to Access Free Educational Materials for Blind and Deaf-Blind Students.
What Products Are Available through Quota Funds?
Many valuable products are available through APH. The following brief description is from the APH website:
A wide variety of specially designed and adapted materials are available from
Educational tools include adapted audio recording equipment, devices for writing braille, and talking computer hardware. Special supplies such as braille and bold-line papers, special binders and notebooks, and other consumable materials used in the classroom are also available
Science Materials Available
These materials are also included in the blog posts listed below related to preparing for students in various science classes.
- Sense of Science - Plants
- Sense of Science - Animals
- Light Box or Mini-Lite Box for use with the Sense of Science Kits and the Crafty Graphics Kit
- Basic Science Tactile Graphics
APHTactile and Visual Globe (for early Space Science content)
- Braille and tactile meterstick and ruler
- Crafty Graphics Stencil Kit
- Wheatley Tactile Diagramming Kit
Middle School Earth and Physical Science and Chemistry
- AZER's Interactive Periodic Table Study Set
- APH Periodic Table and Reference Booklet
- APH Basic Science Tactile Graphics
- APH Astronomy Kit
Biology and Middle School Life Science
- Life Science Tactile Graphics
- DNA Model
- DNA/RNA Kit
- Tactile Punnett Squares (for braille student)
- Genetic Code Chart
- Touch Label and Learn Human Skeleton