As the school year comes to an end there is a group of researchers who want to collect reflections from many individuals involved in the education of children with visual impairments during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are doing focus groups and brief surveys for youth 13 years or older, family members, early intervention providers, paraprofessionals, general ed teachers, special ed teachers, administrators, and of course TVIs and O&M specialists. We know it is a busy time of year and people are tired, but this is a very important study. Some of our focus groups for families will be conducted in Spanish. Follow this link to learn more, sign up for the study, and find flyers in English and Spanish to share widely.
- Reflections on the Education of Students with Visual Impairments During COVID Information and Survey
- Family Friendly Email
- Reflections Flier - English
- Reflections Flier - Spanish
- Access and Engagement to Education Study (Information about and Executive Summary)
Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum and the Research Team
L. Penny Rosenblum, Ph.D.
Director of Research
American Foundation for the Blind
1401 South Clark Street
Arlington, VA 22202
Direct Phone: 202-469-6837
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Editor's Note: The involved researchers, American Foundation for the Blind, University of South Carolina Upstate and the Ohio State University, have been leading the Access and Engagement research concerning students with visual impairments during COVID. This widespread research has gathered insightful information which is being used in a variety of ways to support educators, families and students with visual impairments - directly in the classroom and in national policies which impact students with visual impairments. The sheer number of people who participated in the initial two Access and Engagement surveys has made these surveys successful. This Reflections survey has opened the discussions to include youth (13 years+), early intervention providers, general education teachers, special educations teachers, administrators, and paraprofessionals. To fully unlock the power of this survey, all voices need to be heard. Please take the time to share your experiences!