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Survey Results and Further Questions

Posted on Dec 17, 2012

In today’s blog, let’s talk about some of the feedback we received from our pre-symposium questionnaire.

The survey was distributed to a total of twenty people, and fourteen sent it back to us. Demographically, four of our survey takers were teachers, four were administrators, two were consultants, two were vendors, and the remaining four said that they that they belonged in an “other” category (You’re probably saying, “Hold on, that’s 16 people!” Participants were allowed to select multiple answers if they filled more than one role).

All of the survey questions were answered on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being “strongly disagree”, 3 being “neutral”, and 5 being “strongly agree”. We also included an “I don’t know” option to let the survey takers opt out of any questions they didn’t feel comfortable answering. Here are the same questions you saw last blog, and the averaged answers we got from our pre-symposium survey.

Online learning environments can be designed so that they are accessible to and usable by all students with disabilities (including significant sensory and physical disabilities).


Students with significant disabilities (e.g. sensory and/or physical) can independently complete online assignments.


Students with disabilities are likely to achieve more in traditional settings than in online learning environments.


The currently deployed online learning systems (e.g. K12, Connections Academy, etc.) have been designed to sufficiently address the range of learner variability, including students with disabilities.


What we take from all of this is that the current state of online learning for students with disabilities is dubious at best. Although online learning can be tailored to fit the needs of students with disabilities, our respondents say that it isn’t there yet. The question that still needs answering, then, and one of the main questions that our Center is dedicated to answering, is how do we get there?

If you are interested in seeing the full questions from our survey, as well as the official responses, take a look here!


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