See related blog: USDOE Causes Confusion as It Seeks to Spur Into Action “Frightened” School District Officials See related blog: FAPE for Blind/Low Vision Students During School Closures Background Since the COVID-19 pandemic gripped our nation, schools have sought guidance regarding education services to students with disabilities during school closures. The U.S. Department of Education… Continue reading Review of Guidance Issued by the U.S. Department of Education Regarding Students with Disabilities
What kinds of blind/low vision student services CAN be provided via distance technology? Many, many services can be provided this way. Distance instruction in each of the following has been done successfully during the COVID-19 emergency and for many years before the emergency began: Academic core content Math Language Arts (reading, writing, spelling) Social Studies… Continue reading FAPE for Blind/Low Vision Students During School Closures
Guidance Issued to Encourage Schools to Provide Educational Opportunities to Students On March 21, 2020, the United States Department of Education (USDOE) issued guidance directly addressing concerns schools have put forth regarding special education services. At the time, some schools were claiming that they could not provide ANY educational services to any students because they… Continue reading USDOE Causes Confusion as It Seeks to Spur Into Action “Frightened” School District Officials
Almost three years ago, my family made a major change in our blind child’s schooling. I prepared to leave full-time employment, and we prepared to switch from a brick-and-mortar school to an online charter school—with an IEP (individualized education program) for a blind, dyslexic student with speech and other needs. In the past few weeks,… Continue reading One Parent’s Reflections: Online Instruction At Home Before COVID-19
In a document distributed on Thursday, March 12, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education addressed issues related to the provision of IEP services when schools are closing. Highlights are as follows: If the school is closed: If the school is not providing any “educational opportunities” to students in regular education, the school is not required… Continue reading Information about COVID-19 Letter from the U.S. Department of Education—March 12, 2020
March 17, 2020 OCR Press Release On March 17, 2020, the Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education issued a press release regarding online learning in the COVID-19 environment. OCR is the agency that enforces Civil Rights laws, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).… Continue reading Office of Civil Rights: Schools Must Not Violate Civil Rights When Responding to COVID-19 Concerns
Legal Requirements of Schools With Regard to Students with Disabilities IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act—the law that provides for IEPs—Individualized Education Plans) The IDEA sets forth requirements relating to developing and implementing IEPs. As a preliminary matter, schools are responsible for following the student’s IEP. The student’s IEP should have been developed… Continue reading Can the Magic Word “Optional” Relieve Schools of Their Duties to Students with Disabilities In Providing Out-of-school Materials and Activities?