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Survey on Graph Comprehension for Students with Visual Impairments

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Attention teachers who have worked with and/or are working with high school students in mathematics courses:

I would appreciate your participation in a 15-minute survey on teaching techniques and technological resources for students with visual impairments at the secondary level to access and comprehend graphical information. I am a doctoral candidate in educational psychology at Iowa State University, and my dissertation centers on techniques for improving graph accessibility and comprehension for students with blindness and low vision in secondary mathematics courses. The purpose of the survey is to understand teachers' perceptions of:
  1. the challenges their students with blindness and low vision encounter as they attempt to access and comprehend graphical information and 
  2. teaching strategies and technological resources necessary for helping this group of students to use graphs successfully.
Your responses will be kept confidential and assigned to an identification number. The results will be aggregated across respondents to develop a national picture of teachers¹ perceptions about strategies and technologies to support students with visual impairments as they learn to access and understand graphs. I hope to gather information from a large group of teachers who work with high school students with visual impairments in mathematics courses that involve graphs. I would appreciate your assistance in nominating one or more colleagues who have taught or supported students with visual impairments in mathematics courses. I am interested in gathering information from general education mathematics
teachers (with or without formal education in serving students with VI) as well as teachers of students with visual impairments. Please forward this message to any of your colleagues who fit in these categories.
To participate in the survey, use this link:
If you choose to participate in the survey, I would be happy to share a copy of the results with you via email. Please email me at to request the summary.
THANK YOU for taking the time to consider participating in my study. Your time and insight are greatly appreciated.
Ashley Nashleanas
Ph.D. Candidate, Education
Iowa State University