America’s education system isn’t doing enough to provide equal educational opportunities to students who are visually impaired. But through advocacy and policy initiatives, AFB is working to create a world of no limits for students who are blind or have low vision.
Students who are visually impaired are fully capable of achieving everything their sighted peers are. The challenge is that America’s public education system doesn’t have enough qualified instructors and resources to address the full array of these students’ needs. Providing appropriate instruction and resources would vastly improve educational and lifelong employment and independence outcomes for students who are visually impaired and have other disabilities.
In both K-12 and higher education, AFB is pushing to catalyze a transformation of America’s education system, to make sure students who are visually impaired receive a quality education. Our history of this work has already produced meaningful improvements through changes in policies and practices as well as professional development. We’ve also made significant progress in changing the way students who are visually impaired are regarded by society at large, so no one is held back because he or she is visually impaired.
AFB is working hard to identify and pursue the most effective and timely means of implementing the policies that best serve students who are visually impaired. Through a coordinated policy strategy informed by relevant research, AFB believes that acting on these priorities will improve access to a free, appropriate public education that is specialized for students who are visually impaired.