Founding Members: Washington State School for the Blind

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About Washington State School for the Blind

The mission of the Washington State School for the Blind is to provide specialized quality educational services to visually impaired and blind youth ages 0 to 21 within the state of Washington.

Why Washington State School for the Blind Became a Founding Member

We believe that only through partnerships and unified efforts can change be affected. IAAP's work will directly impact our students. IAAP believes that “there are many groups that must be involved in the design of accessible technology, delivery of accessible content, and the growth of a workforce and marketplace that values accessibility.” This is exactly our belief. We feel that starting with universities is too late. We need to be involved at a ground level.

We have been delving into the digital learning world, looking at how that can reach students who are not being served with an appropriate education. We are teaching high school math to students in Oregon, Montana, Idaho and all over the State of Washington, and we are successful with distance learning due to accessible, usable products. Beyond this method of teaching our goal was to use the power of technology to increase engagement and provide students with information and communications technology skills that would carry them into their future and, as much as possible, use mainstream technology that they would encounter in higher education and in the workplace. Even with our successes it is always an uphill march to expand our future, and it cannot be done without partnerships and a unified effort.

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