Blind and Low-Vision Students’ Experiences with Technology in School
Dear Blind and Low-Vision Students, Parents, and Educators:
I’m Dr. Natalie Shaheen (Natalie for short *smile*). I’m doing research to gather blind and low-vision students’ stories about using accessible and inaccessible technology at school and I need your help.
I dream of a time when all of the technology used in education (K-12 or university) is accessible to all learners—including learners like us (I’m blind too). One of the reasons that some of the technology used in schools today is not accessible is because educators and technologists often don’t know that technology can be inaccessible to us or they don’t understand why accessible technology is important. One of the things I’ve learned from my previous research is how powerful blind people’s stories are in changing the hearts and minds of educators.
Many educators and technologists don’t have the opportunity to hang out with and learn from blind and low-vision students like you. I want to bring that learning opportunity to them by gathering your stories and sharing them in places where educators and technologists gather online and in the real world. Note: your name and other identifiers (like the name of your school) will not be included when I share this research with others.
If you are between the ages of 13 and 22, are legally blind, and are interested in sharing your story with me in an interview this summer, please complete the brief background information form.
If you have any questions about this research, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. This research has been approved by Illinois State University’s Institutional Review Board, which means it meets the requirements for ethical research.
I look forward to learning from you! Have a great summer!