The pandemic caused by COVID-19 created havoc in schools across the world as it necessitated school closures and lockdowns, and/or a sudden switch to an online mode of learning. Although all children and teachers were adversely affected, children with disabilities faced additional problems. Special education teachers bore the burden of having to continue providing high quality special education in the face of these challenges. In this paper, I present findings from a survey of special education teachers through use of qualitative and arts-based research technics.


COVID-19, pandemic, Arts Based Research (ABR), special education teachers, children, disabilities, poetry, visual art

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Dr. Rama Cousik is an associate professor in Special Education at Purdue University, Fort Wayne. Rama received her Ph. D from Indiana University Bloomington in 2011. She teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels on inclusion, UDL strategies, autism, and collaboration. She also supervises graduate students on their thesis and research projects. Rama is a qualitative researcher, and her publications showcase use of poetic inquiry and cultural interpretations of disability. Please direct correspondence to cousikr@pfw.edu.


I am deeply appreciative of the support provided by the school district for this study and grateful to the special education teachers for sharing their experiences. I thank Dr. Paresh Mishra, Associate professor, department of Organizational Leadership, PFW, for his suggestions.

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