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Students With Intellectual And Development Disabilities Are Without Vital Services During Pandemic

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Empty desks sit in rows and columns in an empty classroom
Feliphe Schiarolli
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KCUR 89.3
Due to stay-at-home orders, students with disabilities are unable to receive the therapies they would normally get while at school.

Some things are being done to help, but caretakers and parents are still concerned.

Experts explained that if you're a parent to a child with special needs, you should keep a log of any delays or regressions you notice while they don't have access to their educators and therapists. This will help get kids back on track when life gets back to "normal."

Guests:

  • Tec Chapman, executive vice president of Easterseals Midwest
  • Dr. Lara Wakefield, advocate for parents with special education children and co-founder of Smarter Steps
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