Consent Statement

Edward Bell, Ph.D., Principal Investigator
Casey Robertson, Research Associate
Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness
Louisiana Tech University
PO Box 3158, Woodard Hall 210
Ruston, LA 71272

Dear Parent or Guardian:

The Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness at Louisiana Tech University is seeking research participants to evaluate the services and to understand the educational experiences of blind and/or visually impaired youth in grades K through 12. Your feedback will improve future policies and practices that prepare teachers in the future. Participation in this study allows us to gain a much richer and robust understanding of factors that impact service options and academic performance of blind and/or visually impaired youth.

For a parent or guardian to participate in this study, your child must meet the following criteria.
• Be between the ages of 5-22 and be enrolled in a school in the United States in grades K through 12;
• Visual impairment must be listed as his or her primary diagnosed disability on his or her Individualized Education Plan (IEP);
• English is his or her primary spoken language;

Your participation in this survey is completely voluntary. It is important to note that clicking “Continue” is your consent to participate in this study. Your responses will be kept completely confidential, and you may quit the study at any time.

Thank you for your participation.