Roundup: LD & ADHD COVID-19 News

Even now as we spend seemingly endless hours in front of our screens, we may not see all the information that will help manage the COVID-19 disruptions. Following are a few items that parents of children with LD and ADHD may find particularly useful.

Advocacy groups ask feds to maintain special-ed laws: More than 70 disability rights groups have asked the US Education Department to uphold existing special-education laws — and not provide compliance waivers — during school closures due to the coronavirus pandemic. Other groups have asked the department for the waivers that would give schools more time to comply with special-education laws, including those that spell out timelines, evaluations and data collection. Full story: EdSource  

NYC gives the OK to shrink special education services amid coronavirus upheaval: As New York City teachers scramble to comply with a mandate to create new remote learning plans for students with disabilities, they have been granted the authority to reduce services for students with disabilities in some cases…The launch of new learning plans raises questions about whether parents are being sufficiently included in the process, or even understand how their children’s special education services could change. Educators said it is unclear how consistent the new learning plans should be with students’ IEPs and what level of services is realistic. Full story: Chalkbeat

Just in time: a resource hub on remote learning for special education students: Nearly 30 disability rights and education advocacy organizations have launched, a resource hub and online network designed to answer questions and provide insight about remote learning for special education students during the coronavirus crisis. Full story: Education Week: On Special Education

Students with disabilities already faced learning barriers. Then coronavirus forced an abrupt shift to online classes: College students with disabilities face significant challenges under the best of circumstances. Now that the coronavirus pandemic has forced a mass, abrupt shift to online learning, students with disabilities and their advocates are finding they must sometimes fight to ensure access needs aren’t overlooked by faculty members who are struggling to adapt to a whole new arena of teaching. Full story: The Chronicle of Higher Education 

Coronavirus: A free digital book for children gets 100,000 downloads in 1 day: For parents and other caregivers around the world, explaining the current coronavirus pandemic to young children can be an overwhelming and complicated process. That’s why independent children’s publisher Nosy Crow released Coronavirus: A Book for Children, a free digital book that breaks down the global crisis in an age-appropriate and easy-to-understand way. Full story: Bookbub