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Saturday, April 11, 2020

Educating All Learners

In The Politics of Autism, I discuss the day-to-day challenges facing autistic people and their families. Those challenges get far more intense during disasters.  And coronavirus is proving to be the biggest disaster of all.  Providing education is proving to be very difficult.

Corey Mitchell at Education Week:
Nearly 30 disability rights and education advocacy organizations have launched, a resource hub and online network designed to answer questions and provide insight about remote learning for special education students during the coronavirus crisis.
Despite the difficulty schools may face in offering online instruction during the pandemic, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has reaffirmed that districts must provide special education services and supply students with disabilities equal access to the same opportunities.
But keeping services flowing for special education students has been difficult. Confusion over guidance from the U.S. Department of Education and fear of violating federal laws, such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, has left some school districts struggling to get their online learning programs off the ground.
... users can create a free account to share ideas, contribute to discussions and access case studies and webinars. The site will also host virtual office hours with special education attorneys, parent advocates, and educators to field questions about legal rights and classroom practice.
Prominent among the participating groups is the Autism Society.