For Immediate Release
Contact: David Card
WASHINGTON, DC – The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented disruption to America’s public education system. Most school districts have closed their classrooms leaving teachers and administrators scrambling to continue lessons through distance learning while students are quarantined at home.
The National Disability Rights Network and the Council of Chief State School Officers have joined together to highlight two states, Kentucky and Nebraska, that are working successfully to educate students with disabilities during COVID-19.
Associate Commissioner Gretta Hylton from Kentucky and Commissioner Matt Blomstedt from Nebraska will be joined by Lucy Heskins from Kentucky Protection and Advocacy and Michael Elsken from Disability Rights Nebraska
Thursday, April 23, 2020
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
A discussion highlighting the successful policies and practices that both Kentucky and Nebraska have embraced to ensure that students with disabilities receive appropriate education during school closures as a result of COVID-19 under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
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The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and the Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities. Collectively, the P&A/CAP Network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States.