Gallaudet University collected demographic, audiological, and other educationally relevant information on deaf and hard of hearing children and youth between 1968 and 2014 through its Annual Survey of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children & Youth.

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, the Annual Survey project has been suspended due to changing trends, new school regulations and rules, and limited resources.

The resulting information has been 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. The Annual Survey 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.

CUMULATIVE SUMMARIES

Year Regional and National State
2013-2014 Adobe PDF icon ** -
2012-2013 - -
2011-2012 Adobe PDF icon ** -
2010-2011 - -
2009-2010 Adobe PDF icon Adobe PDF icon
2008-2009 - -
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2006-2007 Adobe PDF icon Adobe PDF icon
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2004-2005 Adobe PDF icon Adobe PDF icon
2003-2004 Adobe PDF icon Adobe PDF icon
2002-2003 Adobe PDF icon -
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**Note: The sample size for this survey is much smaller if compared to those prior to 2009.


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Elementary, secondary students

Postsecondary students

National Population Estimates

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FREQUENTLY ANSWERED QUESTIONS

What is the most recent data available?

The most recent data is available from the 2013-2014 year. Refer to the cumulative summaries section to download a PDF of cumulative summary from 2013-2014. 

Will this survey be reinstated?

Unknown. The Annual Survey project has been suspended due to changing trends, new school regulations and rules, and limited resources within Gallaudet to conduct a survey of this nature.  

Where can I find demographics on deaf people?

Here are a few links: National Technical Institute for the Deaf’s Info guide on Deaf Demographics and Employment; and National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes’: Deaf People and Educational Attainment in the United States: 2017, and Deaf People and Employment in the United States: 2016

Can you share individual or school data with me? 

No. To maintain 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. 

Can you create a dataset using data from the Annual Survey project for my research? 

No. There are no resources to generate datasets from the Annual Survey project. 

What does “sign language with cues” mean? 

This is a reference to cued speech. 

Who is the survey administered to?

The survey is administered to school personnel through local education agencies with parents’ permission if required.  

How is the survey administered? 

The survey was administered via paper between 1968 and 2012. In 2013-2014, schools/programs of the deaf were given the option of filling out a PDF survey form instead of a paper form.  

Has the response rate to the survey changed over the years?

The response rate has changed due to the varying availability of resources, changing policies (more obligations on school personnel), and changing trends in educational settings (a higher number of deaf and hard of hearing students in mainstream programs than in the past when these students attended residential schools). 

How do you account for missing data?

We report missing data. This survey is voluntary, so schools may choose not to answer certain questions.

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