There’s already a reported achievement gap for K-12 students with disabilities, and the coronavirus pandemic may be widening it.
“For some, in particular younger students, students learning English, students with learning differences and disabilities, and those who were struggling before school facilities were closed, there may be a lifelong impact if they are not back in school sometime soon,” Austin Beutner, superintendent of Los Angeles Unified School District, recently remarked.
Under federal law, K-12 students with disabilities who qualify are required to receive a public education and related services equal to their peers for free. Seven million young people receive special instruction in public schools nationwide.
Some parents acknowledge remote learning has been tough.
“It just adds more to the picture,” said Sarah King, whose child has special needs. “Am I giving him the special education that he needs? Am I giving him the speech therapy that he needs? Or