Bill to help special education students recover from pandemic is passed
SCHENECTADY, NY (NEWS10) – Legislation has been passed that ensures that “aging” students with disabilities in public education can return to school for educational services they were unable to receive during the school year. COVID-19 pandemic. The bill will allow special education students to return to school until they complete their Individual Education Plan (IEP) or reach the age of 23, whichever comes first.
In New York State, students have the right to attend public school until the end of the school year in which they are 21 years old. Although most students graduate within four years, students with disabilities often need this extra time to develop the skills they need to be successful. .
Although most schools were able to adapt to online education during the pandemic, many students in special education were unable to engage in distance learning or adapt to online classes. line, essentially losing education. This includes students who are deaf or hard of hearing, students with visual impairments, students with multiple disabilities, and some who cannot use computers independently.
As a result, these students were unable to receive many of the important services defined in their IEPs. This bill ensures that school districts can continue to provide educational services to students who did not receive services included in their IEP during the pandemic.
“Every student deserves access to a quality education that helps them thrive and, for many special education students, that means having supportive school districts that meet the specific needs of their intellectual or developmental disabilities.” said MP Angelo Santabarbara, who co-sponsored the bill. . “As the father of a child with autism, I know the challenges the pandemic has posed for people with disabilities. Many essential programs and services have been cut off, and many students with disabilities have struggled to adjust to online learning. This legislation will ensure that these students can recover academically and can complete their individualized education plan without penalty. “