Platforms like Zoom and asynchronous learning provided a quick fix for students during the pandemic. Jessica Campanile wonders if classroom modifications will stay in place even after Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. Because for people like her, a post-baccalaureate student with disabilities, those are accommodations she had sought for years. She argues there was an aversion to virtual education because people wrote it off as ‘less than.’ But she says, that’s proven untrue: “I think continuing to value these modes of communication just as much as in person education will lead to more accessible and inclusive educational practices."
Plus, we talk with Leslie Margolis, Managing Attorney at Disability Rights Maryland. She describes the daunting task of recouping lost hours of special needs services during the pandemic, to help bring younger pupils up to speed.