Advisor : Amit Prakash
Research Interests: Accessibility issues and Assistive technology design and more broadly in the social construction of technology and HCI.
Thesis Title: The Impact of COVID-Induced Physical School Closures on the Lives and Education of Children with Visual Impairment in India: A Qualitative Study
Thesis Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic that began in March 2020 had a profound impact on the education of children, owing to the closure of physical schools to stop the spread of the disease. The suspension of offline classes, the period of uncertainty, and the need to resume learning remotely through online or other modes was a challenging journey for many schools, teachers, and students.
This study looks at the lives of children with visual impairment in primary and high school levels (classes 1 through 10) to holistically understand how their learning was affected by this transition. This was done by interviewing teachers and parents of children with visual impairment across Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Delhi, Mumbai, and Tripura, through their connections with the organization Vision Empower. The availability of devices and connectivity, the quality and methods used to conduct remote learning, as well as the mental health and experiences of the children were some of the core foci of this study.