Erin Klem  | November 19, 2015

Helping Arizona’s Students See and Hear Their Best

When you go to a football game and the scoreboard is blurry, it might be hard to keep track of who’s winning. Similarly, kids who don’t realize they could be seeing more clearly might understandably have a tough time seeing the math problem their teacher is writing out on the chalkboard (they still have chalkboards, don’t they?).

Many students, at some point, will have their eyesight, hearing, and languge skills tested by the school nurse. But not every school has a nurse. So what happens then? And did you ever realize there’s a massive trail of paperwork associated with screenings of this kind?

To tackle the administrative challenges and ensure that students are learning to the best of their abilities, a team of teachers and speech pathologists in Arizona launched AZ Vision and Hearing. Not only does the team conduct the screenings and handle the paperwork for schools, but they are also building a software platform to enable screening administrators to use smartphones and tablets instead of paper forms.

The team recently competed in the Challenge Cup local event in Phoenix and were named finalists–meaning they’ll go on to compete at the regional level.

Image courtesy of AZ Vision and Hearing

Image courtesy of AZ Vision and Hearing