Most school districts in Nebraska have some percentage of their learning happening remotely. This requires parents to help their children with the school work. So what happens if a parent (or child) is visually impaired?
This happened to Paulette Monthei, who has low vision. She discovered she could not use some applications to complete remote learning assignments for her 10-year-old son, who just started fourth grade.
Fortunately, Monthei is program manager for Outlook Enrichment, which provides a range of programs and services that create greater accessibility and inclusivity for the visually impaired. The nonprofit has created a virtual support group on Zoom that will be held on six consecutive Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The group started on August 27th. The group gives blind and visually impaired parents the chance to talk with peers and the nonprofit’s adaptive technology training staff about distance learning issues they come across this school year. They will work together to provide creative solutions that accommodate for vision loss in a remote learning environment.
Paulette joined Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the program and the obstacles to be overcome. This two part interview is below, as it was aired. More information can be found at https://www.outlookne.org/programs/enrichment and https://shareomaha.org/nonprofit/outlook-enrichment.