[NOBE-L] Homework help hotline

adrijana prokopenko adrijana.prokopenko at gmail.com
Sat Mar 14 23:58:59 UTC 2020

US only.

VISTAS Education Partners Inc

In response to the wave of K-12 school closures across the United
States due to COVID-19, a few concerned teachers of the blind and
advocates got together to organize a free, homework help hotline for
blind/visually impaired students. Check out the details below, and
share with others.

National Homework Hotline for Blind/Visually Impaired Students (NHH-BVI)

What: Homework telephone hotline for blind/vision impaired students in
grades K-12 experiencing emergency school closures due to COVID-19.

Areas of hotline help include: navigating accessible websites with
JAWS, Nemeth and literary braille reading and writing, navigating
tablet/laptop using JAWS and Over, and using refreshable braille

*The hotline does not provide tutoring in non-Expanded Core Curriculum
content areas

When: Tues -Thurs, 3:30pm - 8pm EST, March 17-
April 16, 2020 (*end date may be adjusted based on
school closure developments)

How: Students submit a support request via email and receive a
call-back during the designated NHH-BVI times.

Who: NHH-BVI helpers are experienced, TVIs, counselors, blind mentors
who want to help b/vi students get the support they need to access
their remote learning programs.

For more info, and to request an initial NHH-BVI support call, please
email nhh-bvi at vistaseducation.com.

About the NHH-BVI Helpers

Monique Coleman
Monique is a TVI and president of VISTAS Education Partners. She has
20 years of experience working with students in a range of K-12 public
and private schools. Monique is currently a doctoral candidate at
Rutgers University researching the intersection of disability,
education, and diverse identities. She lives in Highland Park, NJ with
her husband, three sons, two cats, and her faithful dog. She is an
active member of her community who serves on the Board of Education
and other local organizations.

Brianna Murray
Brianna is a visually impaired counselor who currently works for the
Employment, Development, Guidance and Engagement (EDGE) 2.0 program,
assisting high school students with pre-employment goals. Brianna also
serves as a mentor for college students as a part of Learning Ally's
College Success Program. She lives with her current and retired guide
dogs, and they keep her very busy. In her free time she enjoys
reading, writing, and volunteering with various blindness

Kristen Witucki
Kristen is a TVI who is also blind. She provides itinerant TVI
services through VISTAS Education Partners, edits content and
curriculum for Learning Ally’s College Success Program and mentors
college students for the EDGE Program. She lives in Highland Park, NJ
with her husband and their three young children. She is the author of
two fiction books for adolescents which explore blindness in all of
its complexity and of several nonfiction articles about her journey
parenting as a blind person. In her snatches of free time, she enjoys
reading and writing.

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