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Remote Learning Poses Tough Challenge For Special Needs Students

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Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner was blunt about the challenges of educating students with learning difficulties and disabilities:

"This will be our greatest challenge as the technologies and teaching practices are not as well-establishedin these areas and there may be some students for whom there is no good substitute for face-to-face contact."

We take a deeper look at what that means for students like 6-year-old Aaron Coleman, who has an unspecified genetic disorder that has significantly delayed his cognitive development. At his LAUSD elementary school, he qualifies for special education services including an adult helper, who stays with Aaron at all times to attend to his medical and behavior issues.
That's not possible online.

“I’m confident,” she added, matter-of-factly, “that he will regress during this time.”

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