Access and Engagement to Education
The survey investigated the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the education of children and youth with visual impairments, including those with multiple disabilities and deafblindness. The survey was open April 22 – May 13, 2020 to:
- A family member or guardian of a child with a visual impairment
- A teacher of students with visual impairment (TVI)
- An orientation and mobility (O&M) instructor
Data were collected from families and guardians whether or not their child was currently receiving educational services. Professionals provided input even if they were not currently serving students due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey explored the non-traditional delivery of educational services by TVIs and O&M instructors.
We have five short reports on our results page so check those out. We also have a page at the American Foundation for the Blind that has additional information and a link for you to sign up to be notified when our full report is out in late September.
COVID-19 and Its Impact on Students Who Are Visually Impaired, Including Those with Multiple Disabilities and Deafblindness
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic—including school closures and the shift of education to online environments—has led to concerns about the quality of education for students who are blind or have low vision, including those with multiple disabilities and deafblindness. Organizations and companies invested in the education of students are collaborating to understand the impact of COVID-19. Information gathered through the survey will inform teachers, administrators, policymakers, families, and others so together we can ensure every student receive an accessible and engaging education that meets each student’s individual needs.