FCI is working with State Schools for the Blind to understand and meet the immediate needs of blind and visually impaired (BVI) students.
As the global pandemic deepens and the human costs of COVID-19 rise for our vulnerable citizens, the demand for programs that leverage data to adapt quickly has heightened. We’ve directed our efforts to serve vulnerable communities that are impacted by both first and second order problems caused by COVID-19.
What is the need are you focusing on?
As schools across the country close, General Ed. Teachers and teachers for the Visually Impaired have been asked to teach remotely. However, BVI students and their families are nowhere near fully equipped to handle distance learning. For example, teachers and families receive conflicting guidance on accessible digital education. BVI students themselves are not well trained on digital tools. For BVI students who are already falling behind compared to their sighted peers, it's yet another obstacle holding them back.
Currently, our educators and service providers are trying their best to provide equitable access to education and services by experimenting with various ideas. However, at a state and federal level, there isn’t a full system level understanding of the challenges of distance learning and impacts of social distancing on BVI students. With only anecdotal understanding of the challenges and successful solutions, State Educators struggle to develop a unified response.