Episode 84: Back to School: Access for Students Receiving Special Education
The shift to online instruction for schools across the United States has exposed troubling gaps in digital access and accessibility, especially for low income students and students with disabilities. Schools now face the difficult task of re-imagining what instruction will look like in the future.
Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), students with disabilities receive what is called a â€śFree Appropriate Public Educationâ€ť or (FAPE), which are education services that are tailored to their individual needs. This episode of ADA Live! will focus on students receiving special education under IDEA and address questions and concerns about what going to school may look like during the pandemic and into the future.
To talk about all of these issues, our guest will be Phyllis Wolfram, Executive Director of the Council for Administrators of Special Education (CASE). She will discuss how our public schools can make sure that all students receive a high-quality education and also meet the unique needs of students with disabilities during these uncertain times.
The Council of Administrators of Special Education
The Council of Administrators of Special Education is an international professional educational organization, which is affiliated with the Council for Exceptional Children, whose members are dedicated to the enhancement of the worth, dignity, potential, and uniqueness of each individual in society. Those who receive special education services are individuals who possess basic rights and responsibilities and who command respect at all times. Special education embraces the right to a free, appropriate public education. The mission of the Council of Administrators of Special Education is to provide leadership and support to members by shaping policies and practices which impact the quality of education. To find out more about their important work visit their website at www.casecec.org.