Annual Survey:

March 3, 2015


To: Schools/Programs for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

From: Rue Winiarczyk

Re: 2014-2015 Annual Survey of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children & Youth

I am writing to update you on the current status of Gallaudet University's Annual Survey of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children & Youth (hereinafter Annual Survey). Since 1968, the Office of Research Support and International Affairs (RSIA--formerly the Gallaudet Research Institute) collected educationally relevant information on deaf and hard of hearing students in programs across the United States through its Annual Survey. The survey provides  the necessary demographic information to help ensure that schools, service agencies, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and researchers are able to more effectively and efficiently direct their efforts to the education and service of deaf and hard of hearing children and youth throughout the nation.

Much of the success of the Annual Survey can be attributed to the commitment and strong support of the project by Gallaudet University and by educators like yourself.  However,  due to changing trends, new school regulations and rules, and limited resources, the Annual Survey has been put on hold for the time being while it undergoes internal review.

RSIA hopes that it can count on your continued involvement in our study on deaf and hard of hearing population in the future.Again, thank you for your support. If there are any questions or concerns about the Annual Survey, please feel free to contact me at

Warm regards,



Gallaudet University has been collecting demographic, audiological, and other educationally relevant information on deaf and hard of hearing children and youth since 1968 through its Annual Survey of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children & Youth.

The resulting information is used by a wide variety of individuals and organizations: state and federal education and budgetary officials, education staff within schools, and other researchers. Due to our strict adherence to confidentiality, data are reported only in summary, cumulative reports; no individual student or individual school data from the survey are ever released by the RSIA. The Annual Survey has also provided a sampling framework for several national achievement testing projects using the Stanford Achievement Test in 1974, 1983, 1990, 1996, and 2003. The norms from these testing programs are used extensively by schools and programs educating deaf students.

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2013-2014 ** **
2012-2013 - -
2011-2012 ** **
2010-2011 - -
2008-2009 - -
2005-2006 -
2002-2003 -
2001-2002 -
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** = Cumulative summaries for 2011-2012 and 2013-2014 Annual Survey is available upon request at (due to a smaller survey sample size)


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