Creating, managing, and expanding assistive technology (AT) services that comply with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) can be a challenging task for districts. With the additional demands of hybrid and remote learning, the need for professional development to support educators is paramount.
Districts should direct resources to students with disabilities now to improve their learning outcomes and minimize spending on compensatory education in the future. Many students with disabilities rely on in-person instruction and accommodations. But, most students with disabilities haven’t received the Individualized Education Program (IEP)-mandated services they need and have made limited academic progress or regressed since the shutdown. Districts that do not allocate funds to address the problem now will likely face a looming tsunami of compensatory education down the road.