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My concerns are that accessibility is being put to the side yet again when crisis happens. There is no concern for how I and others will access [online] platforms and work. I will be able to finish my online coursework, but it is a huge challenge.
—Congenitally VI Hispanic female, aged 25 to 34 years, with no additional disabilities

Of 314 participants, 186 (59%) had concerns about their education due to COVID-19 and answered questions about this topic, 32 (10%) had concerns about this topic but did not choose to answer questions, and 96 (31%) did not have concerns about their education.

On March 1, 2020, there were 68 participants who reported attending rehabilitation training programs. Sixty-six of the 68 participants reported how current instruction was being delivered. Twenty-three (35%) participants reported the rehabilitation center/agency had discontinued center-based classes, 15 (23%) reported they were no longer receiving in-home instruction, and 10 (15%) reported attending classes online. There were 43 participants attending a four-year college and 27 attending graduate school. The students were asked how they were completing coursework, with the option to select more than one choice. Forty-seven were attending classes virtually, four had classes discontinued by the institution, and [...]

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