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Students with Special Needs

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Students with disabilities and other special needs require ongoing support for their specific learning objectives, and school districts have continued legal obligations to provide special education services. The following materials address educating students with special education needs.

Serving Students With Disabilities During the COVID-19 Crisis: Spotlight on Policy & Practice
Part 2: Family- School Collaboration
National Center for Learning Disabilities
This resource provides answers to common questions and strategies for providing a free and appropriate public education to children with learning disabilities. Additionally, it provides suggested strategies for clear communication and collaboration between families, schools and communities.

Keeping Students With Learning Disabilities Motivated at Home
This resource provides high school students with learning disabilities strategies for staying focused while learning at home including, but not limited to movement breaks and self-reflection.

Remember Accessibility in the Rush to Online Instruction: 10 Tips for Educators
National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes
This resource provides tips for accessibility in online instruction for deaf and hard of hearing students.

Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Preschool, Elementary and Secondary Schools While Serving Children with Disabilities
United States Department of Education
Guidance on offering educational programs through distance instruction while ensuring compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), † Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504), and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Equity Matters: Digital and Online Learning for Students with Disabilities
Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities
The publication’s principal message is that equitable digital learning systems must be designed and implemented to address the needs of all learners including those with disabilities.

Supporting Students with Disabilities in K-12 Online and Blended Learning
Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute
This document provides guidance and support for planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs and services for students with disabilities who are enrolled in online and blended learning environments. It includes pedagogical considerations for each of the eligibility categories for special education programs and services.


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