How Is COVID-19 Continuing to Impact Education in the 2020-2021 School Year?
In Spring 2020, the first Access and Engagement survey examined how COVID-19 was impacting the education of U.S. and Canadian children and youth with visual impairments, including those with additional disabilities and deafblindness.
We know that the impact of COVID-19 is continuing in the 2020-2021 school year. Through a collaborative effort the authors of the original survey have updated the questions so we can identify the successes and challenges being experienced by students and professionals.
Who Should Participate?
Any U.S. or Canadian:
- Family member or guardian of a child with a visual impairment
- Teacher of students with visual impairments (TVI)
- Orientation and mobility (O&M) specialist
We want to hear from ALL family members and guardians, TVIs, and O&M specialists regardless of the way in which children are or are not receiving education this fall. Please help us in recruiting an inclusive and diverse sample by sharing this survey opportunity with members of the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community.
How can I help ensure we get a wide study sample representing our children?
- Direct those with Internet access to: www.AccessEngagement.com.
- Download a PDF flyer to share with others.
- Reach out to a family member or guardian who may not know about the survey or have access to the Internet and/or a device. Support them in completing the survey by giving them access to a location with Internet, loaning them a device, reading the questions and entering their answers, etc.
How Are the Findings Going to be Used?
AFB and other collaborators (see list below) are already sharing study findings from the first Access and Engagement study. The data from this second study will help us to continue to document both the COVID-19 created and systemic issues impacting the education of students with visual impairments. More importantly, it will allow us to work together to develop solutions to ensure children with visual impairment have an accessible, engaging, and equitable education.
How Can I Stay Informed?
Please sign up to receive the fully accessible report we anticipate releasing in March 2021. If you have ideas, comments, experiences, please email email@example.com to share them with Dr. Rosenblum and the other authors of Access and Engagement and AFB staff who focus on public policy initiatives.
The following 22 organizations, companies, and universities are collaborating on this project.
- Academy for Certification and Education of Vision Rehabilitation Professionals
- Aira Tech Corp
- American Council of the Blind
- American Foundation for the Blind
- American Printing House for the Blind
- American Thermoform/Braillo
- Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired
- Braille Institute of America
- CNIB Foundation
- Council for Exceptional Children’s Division on Visual Impairment and Deafblindness
- Council of Schools and Services for the Blind
- National Braille Press
- National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation
- Objective Ed
- Perkins School for the Blind
- Seedlings Braille Books for Children
- Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
- University of South Carolina Upstate, Visual Impairment Program
- Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada
- VisionServe Alliance