Every child should receive an education while school is suspended
Teachers are working hard to creatively meet the educational needs of students while school is suspended due to COVID-19. But students with disabilities are at risk of being left behind.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) guarantees children with disabilities an equal right to education. But U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos may undercut these rights and some of the IDEA protections might be lost.
Secretary DeVos has 30 days to submit recommendations to Congress for any waivers from the law she believes are necessary. This could allow schools to drop services for students with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We need your help to ensure Secretary DeVos makes sure schools do their best to meet the needs of students with disabilities during COVID-19.
Tell Congress not to roll back bedrock disability rights law
You can do your part to protect the rights of students with disabilities by emailing your Representative and Senators and telling them not to preserve all essential protections provided by IDEA in the next COVID-19 relief legislation.
Tell Congress parents and districts must work together in support of every student with a disability. You can use this form created by the National Disability Rights Network to contact your Members of Congress.
The values of equality, opportunity, and belonging that underpin IDEA endure even in times of crisis.