Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Disease 2019

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It’s as if our SMS, social media accounts, emails, as well as television are in total synch for a couple of days now; they are all about Corona Virus 2019. We have become bombarded with so much information and news as the spread of this virus has now become a pandemic.

Some people are panicking while others remain calm, but one thing in common – we all want this to end! Our government is taking precautionary measures which we are bound to oblige. The link below from IDEA might answer some of your questions on providing services to children with disabilities.

Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak (March 2020)

We can say that COVID 2019 is one of the most challenging battles the world is facing right now. As Dr. Tedros from WHO puts it, “Let’s all look out for each other, because we’re in this together to do the right things with calm and to protect the citizens of the world. Although this is the first pandemic caused by a coronavirus, we also believe that this is the first pandemic that is able to be controlled.”  We are positive that we can win this battle for as long as we are willing to be part of a solution.

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  • Danielle Crystal

    I attended your on-line training today about moving districts to remote learning. We were asked to submit questions so that they could be answered in a group format. I think this is where you wanted the questions but am not certain. Anyways, my questions were regarding the ability to provide services to the districts most severally challenged students. Some but not all of these students have IQ’s in the 50″s, are non-verbal or limited verbal skills, have no or limited computer skills. These are the students that require a lot of hand over hand prompting, dense rates of reinforcement to engage in learning trials. The attend to instruction in school via one on one adult support. Can we provide remote learning for these types of students and meet their IEP requirements given tele therapy? What do you do if they need an adult to provide prompting to attend to learning and answer questions if the staff person is not with the students. We have special ed teachers trying to figure this out and special education administration concerned that it will not meet the legal aspects of the students IEP. Thank. you for sharing insight to this new territory we have all suddenly been put in.

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