Special Education In-Person Classes for ALL Maryland IEP Students

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The "discrepancy in delivery of a free and appropriate public education (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Parts A–D)" due to virtual learning is resulting in "severe consequences" and virtual learning "disproportionately affect individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities"

Virtual learning is not a viable solution for our special needs students who have a range of conditions and disabilities that require substantial support and services in order to thrive and succeed.  This includes severely disabled students integrated throughout the school system who are not assigned to "Special Centers." 

“There are simply kids that will never, ever have that quality learning that we all desire to advance online, no matter what kind of support we provide, even if we individualize it,” California Governor Gavin Newsom said

While some students on Individualized Education Plans (IEP) may be supported virtually, many like my severely disabled daughter cannot be.  The support and services provided to students under IDEA are not a luxury that can just be suspended.  These supports and services are very much an essential and critical service to our children.

Far too many staff members and parents have put way too much time into IEP’s and fulfilling those IEP’s for our most vulnerable children to be left on hold and regress in their skills and abilities.  Many children will never regain lost skills and abilities and many others will never gain skills and abilities if left on hold.  

We need all Maryland school districts to provide meaningful face to face instruction and related services to provide the education, supports, and services our disabled students require and are guaranteed by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

We need the Maryland Department of Education, Dr. Karen Salmon to provide more specific directives to the school districts like the directive she issued to close schools so all disabled students can get the education, support, and services they require.  

Montgomery Co Autism Student Hospitalized because Virtual Learning Does Not Work

Richard Engel: Kids with special needs are not OK right now. Neither are parents

We are calling for an option, not mandatory attendance 

Urging in-person instruction, Anne Arundel parent of special education student starts petition 

AACo parents call for in-person school option for special needs students

Parent urges Anne Arundel County schools to resume in-person learning for students with disabilities

Just to share one of the medical conditions, here is a video of my daughter showing what Rett syndrome is and some of the challenges: https://youtu.be/OwpYRe1zG0A