EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES AT RISK


COVID-19 has disrupted the entire world order and has caused several countries and Governments take extreme measures to check its spread and safeguard citizens. In the United States too, several of the states have announced #ShelterInPlace, #WorkFromHome and #SchoolClosures across the board to check the spread of the #CoronaVirus. In order to combat with school closures and to encourage #socialdistancing or as we at PRAGNYA prefer to call it, #physicaldistancing, Online Learning opportunities are being offered to students in several school districts, to continue and keep up their academic progress and pursuits. However, a subset of the student population include those with disabilities, learning, physical, mental, emotional and developmental. These students require specific supports, services, and accommodations to be able to pursue their educational journey. The IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1973) guarantees FAPE (Free and Appropriate Public Education) for children with disabilities. This is now at risk and requires immediate action to ensure equ