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.

Based on data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP); includes information on visual impairment.

Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census

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).

Source: American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

Covers a wide range of issues, including demographics, work, daily activities, regional differences and policy issues.

Source: National Research Center for Women and Families

Statistics are drawn from AFB and U.S. government sources, and organized by age, ethnicity, geography, and more.

Source: National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

Census data on the impact of disability on families. Visual and hearing impairments are counted together and not differentiated.

Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census

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.

Source: Employment and Disability Institute of Cornell University

Disability statistics drawn from the 2000 Census. Visual and hearing impairments are counted together and not differentiated.

Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census

Statistics on blindness and visual impairment in the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)

Source: Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

The Annual Child Count provides a "snapshot of the characteristics, educational settings, and living arrangements of children and youth who are deafblind."

Source: NCDB (National Center on Deaf-Blindness)

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.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)