I received this notice from two trusted allies.

From: Maggie Hart
Date: Fri, Mar 20, 2020 at 3:23 PM
Subject: Threat to ALL Special Education by COVID-19

Hi Everyone: I’m sorry to be bothering you with something work related but Senator Alexander has attached an amendment to the next proposed relief package that includes a full and complete waiver of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act for the rest of the school year! The National Disability Rights Network has a really simple way to write to your congress people to tell them not to let the amendment pass.

Here is the link:

https://ndrn.salsalabs.org/protectidea/index.html?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=02e0c280-8882-4c85-aefa-7ecd41848d11

The amendment would mean that school districts across the country would not have to provide any more special education services- all year- and they would never have to make up the missed sessions. Not even consultations over the phone or computer for parents to talk to therapists. No special education schools, no speech therapy, no physical therapy, no occupational therapy. No therapy or education (no special schools!!!) for kids with significant disabilities like autism and Down Syndrome.

If you have time, please follow the link and email your reps. It takes about two minutes to do. If you’re inclined, please pass along the link to others who might fill it out too.

Thanks!

Maggie