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.

Please check our Results page or Contact Us with questions. We anticipate providing updates on the results throughout the month of June 2020.

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.

This website and effort is the result of collaboration among the following organizations, companies, and universities invested in the education of children and youth with visual impairments, including those with multiple disabilities and deafblindness.