The current COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in unprecedented challenges for children and their families, schools and the entire education and human services communities. The member organizations that comprise the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities (NJCLD) are united in ensuring that students with learning disabilities receive the services and supports they need to succeed.
The following principles should guide decisions that impact the lives of pre-K-12 and postsecondary students with learning disabilities (LD):
- Legal rights should not be compromised.
- Provision of specialized instruction and related services must continue even while schools are operating virtually.
- Support for educators should remain a priority.
- Students and educators must have equitable access to online instruction.
- Enhanced collaboration between school personnel and students’ families is essential.
- High expectations for student achievement must be maintained.
- Addressing the needs of students exiting high school and those transitioning to, or enrolled in, postsecondary education is essential.
- Funding for school improvement and research must increase.