Statistics on Blindness, Visual Impairment & Deafblindness

This section features links to sites with statistics on blindness and visual impairment, by age, race, geography, prevalence, employment, education, and more.

Statistics on Blindness, Visual Impairments and Deafblindness

American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
Offering the most recent data, this is "your one-stop source for statistical facts, figures, and resources about Americans with vision loss," including visual impairment prevalence, population estimates, mobility, children's use of braille, computer use, marital status, employment and educational attainment. State by state prevalence statistics can be found here.

Annual Report 2015:  Distribution of Eligible Students Based on the Federal Quota Census of January 7, 2014 (Fiscal Year 2015)
American Printing House for the Blind (APH)
APH maintains program statistics on children with visual impairments, including types of schools/programs in which they are educated, and their preferred learning medium (braille, print, auditory).

Blindness Statistics
National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
Statistics are drawn from AFB and U.S. government sources, and organized by age, ethnicity, geography, and more.

Key Information and Statistics
Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
Statistics on blindness and visual impairment in the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)
National Child Count Annual Reports
NCDB (National Center on Deaf-Blindness)
The Annual Child Count provides a "snapshot of the characteristics, educational settings, and living arrangements of children and youth who are deafblind."
National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NEI)
Statistics about and causes of visual impairment and blindness among adults (age 40+) in the United States, including economic costs of visual disorders and disabilities.
National Research Center for Women and Families
Covers a wide range of issues, including demographics, work, daily activities, regional differences and policy issues.

Statistics on Disabilities

U.S. Bureau of the Census
Based on data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP); includes information on visual impairment.
U.S. Bureau of the Census
Disability statistics drawn from the 2000 Census. Visual and hearing impairments are counted together and not differentiated.
U.S. Bureau of the Census
Census data on the impact of disability on families. Visual and hearing impairments are counted together and not differentiated.
Employment and Disability Institute of Cornell University
Demographic and economic statistics; includes prevalence, employment, earnings, poverty, household income, and housing, with break-outs by age, race, gender, and educational attainment. Choose U.S. or state reports, or search the database.