April 22, 2020 RAPID RESPONSE

Learning for Students with Disabilities in the Time of COVID-19

The switch to homeschooling and other educational service delivery models necessitated by the coronavirus raise a myriad of issues for students with disabilities, their families, educators, and related service providers. Students with IEPs and Section 504 Service Agreements, particularly those with physical, cognitive, and/or emotional issues typically receive an array of special services in school, including direct educational services by staff, aides and trained special education staff. How will parents who have no training in this area know that their children are accessing education?  How will parents who have no training in this area know that their children are accessing education? How will educators ensure that these students have access to the educational opportunities available to their non-disabled peers? How will a level of individualization be provided and progress measured?

Our panel of experts provide a brief overview of the law protecting students with disabilities during the crisis. They then discuss the challenges and barriers homeschooling and other educational models raise for students with disabilities and educators, and recommend strategies for moving forward.

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With heightened concerns nationwide about data confidentiality and diminished trust in the federal government, lawyers in all practice areas may find themselves being asked about the Census 2020, which begins nationwide in March, by their clients.
With heightened concerns nationwide about data confidentiality and diminished trust in the federal government, lawyers in all practice areas may find themselves being asked about the Census 2020, which begins nationwide in March, by their clients.

Panelists

  • Selene Almazan, Legal Director, Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA)
  • Kimberly A. Caputo, Attorney, McAndrews, Mehalick, Connolly, Hulse, Ryan, and Marone P.C.
  • Carlton Anne Cook Walker, Attorney-Educator-Owner, Blindness Education and Advocacy Resources (BEAR); President, National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC), a proud division of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

Moderator

Joint Sponsor: ABA Commission on Disability Rights

Co-Sponsors: ABA Coalition on Racial and Ethnic JusticeABA Center on Children and the LawABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights & Responsibilities, ABA Commission on Homelessness & Poverty, ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the ProfessionABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender IdentityABA Commission on Youth at RiskABA Criminal Justice Section, ABA Diversity and Inclusion CenterABA Government and Public Sector Lawyers DivisionABA Section of LitigationABA Section of State and Local Government Law, ABA Senior Lawyers Division

Resources

Are Special Education Services Required in the Time of COVID-19?

Advocating for Special Education Services during COVID-19

Parent-friendly Activities

Parent-friendly Learning Resources

Free Accessible Resources for Students with Visual Impairment, Including Blindness

Cover Email for Families

Student Remote Learning Plan

Extended School Closure Weekly Log

COPAA COVID-19 Q&A

Best Practices in Distance Instruction

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U.S. Department of Education | April 27, 2020

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