New Resource: Special Education and Distance Learning

When the nation’s seven million students with disabilities, their families and their schools transitioned to distance learning, parents became deeply concerned about the educational progress of their children, and advocates were troubled by the lack of equity among students receiving special education services.

To better understand the unique challenges these families and schools face during distance learning, ExcelinEd spoke to students with special needs, parents, teachers, disability-rights advocates and national organizations. ExcelinEd also looked at state and district-issued guidance on delivering services to students with disabilities during school closures.

Using their feedback, ExcelinEd created a Special Education and Distance Learning Resource Guide, which offers policy solutions and best practices for meeting the challenges faced by the special education community during the pandemic.

Please read the guide, share it with your local and state education leaders and tell us how we can improve special education in the future to meet the needs of each and every student.