Dear Colleagues - We would appreciate your considering participating in the research study identified below.
You are invited to participate in a research study conducted by Chris Clark-Bischke, Ph.D. and Alexis Redford, M.Ed. at the University of Utah. The purpose of the study is to examine the impact of the transition to Unified English Braille (UEB) from the perspectives of all involved individuals (i.e. Teachers of students with visual impairments (TVIs), administrators, parents, university personnel preparation program faculty, and braille transcriptionists/ paraprofessionals).
The goal is to acquire an understanding of the impact of the transition, identify supports for states/territories and current TVIs.
For this study, participants will be asked to:
Please feel free to share this e-mail and the corresponding e-mail link with other relevant individuals. This e-mail includes only the University faculty/Personnel Preparation survey. If you do not receive the other surveys but would like access to them, please let us know.
If you have questions about the study, please contact Dr. Chris Bischke at email@example.com:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Given issues experienced by students who are blind or visually impaired, their parents, teachers of students with visual impairments, braille transcriptionists/paraprofessionals and administrators since the 2016 transition to UEB, the surveys aim to acquire information that has the potential to guide practice and policies.
Though not affiliated with any formal entity, the UEB Coalition was created several years ago with the goal of better supporting all students who are braille readers, while specifically supporting students learning the Unified English Braille Math/Science code. Members of the Unified English Braille (UEB) Coalition, have identified a need for information from the above noted individuals from across the United States so that better supports could be identified.
The UEB Coalition includes:
Thank you for your willingness to participate and help us identify areas where support is needed.
Chris Bischke, Ph.D. Alexis Redford, M.Ed.
Chris Bischke, Ph.D. TVI, DT/V
Director, Multi-University Consortium Teacher Preparation Program Sensory Impairments
Professor and Program Coordinator, Visual Impairments Program
The University of Utah
Department of Special Education
1721 Campus Center Drive, SAEC 2280, Salt Lake City, UT 84112
[LOGO Multi Consortium]