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. A group of researchers at the University of South Carolina Upstate and the American Foundation for the Blind conducted focus groups and short surveys with families and professionals as the 2020-2021 school year came to an end. We wanted to hear from a diverse group of stakeholders about their experiences as they related to the education of children with visual impairments, including those with additional disabilities and deafblindness.

Participants included family members, professionals, and teens over 13 years of age. The research team is using the summer to finish data collection and to begin to prepare our report. We may seek more participants at the start of the 2021-2022 school year.

This study expands the data collected in the Access and Engagement I study in April 2020 as the pandemic began and the Access and Engagement II study conducted in November 2020. We urge you to review the reports from both studies and to use them in your work and advocacy efforts on behalf of children who are blind or have low vision including those with additional disabilities and deafblindness.

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