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The Third Access & Engagement Study

It has been over a year since the United States made an almost overnight shift in how our children are educated. We want to gather reflections as the 2020-2021 school year comes to an end.

A group of researchers at the University of South Carolina Upstate, the American Foundation for the Blind, and The Ohio State University are conducting focus groups and short surveys with families and professionals. This is an opportunity for a diverse group of stakeholders to share their experiences as they relate to the education of children with visual impairments, including those with additional disabilities and deafblindness.

We are seeking:

  • Family members of a child with a visual impairment, including those with additional disabilities and deafblindness and those who homeschool their child
  • Family members who have a teenage child with a visual impairment who would want to participate in a survey and/or focus group
  • General or special education teachers with a student(s) with visual impairments in their classroom
  • Paraprofessionals who work with student(s) with visual impairments
  • School district special education administrators
  • Vision professional (TVIs or O&M specialists)
  • Administrators at a specialized (residential) school for the blind
  • State department consultants in visual impairment and/or low-incidence disability

Note: We will conduct one family member focus group in Spanish.

Parents/guardians need to sign up teenagers 13-18 years of age for a focus group or to take the survey.

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For more information contact:
Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum,
American Foundation for the Blind