The Access and Engagement Survey examined the impact of COVID-19 on the education of students birth-21 with visual impairments, their families, and professionals in the United States and Canada in the spring of 2020. While led by Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum (Director of Research at the American Foundation for the Blind), there were 10 authors (representing 8 different entities) and 20 organizations and companies that collaborated on this project – which led to an amazing 1,432 usable responses! Data was gathered on 455 children and 1,028 professionals – the largest study to-date in our field!
In the video below, Access and Engagement Interview, Paul H. Olson, president of the Council of Schools and Services for the Blind (COSB) interviews Dr. Penny Rosenblum.
The video and transcript of the video are available on AFB’s website.
An overview of the study findings and key recommendations, the Executive Summary is now available.
Learn more about the Access and Engagement Survey project here.
Note: A follow up study is anticipated in October.
By Diane Brauner