Students with Disabilities Pay the Price of Overwhelmed Independent Learning
[Source: LA Times]
Maya Flores stared at her laptop screen, watching as her teacher guided classmates on how to complete online assignments.
But there was a big problem. Maya, 11, is deaf. Her teacher doesn’t know American Sign Language. For more than two months Maya waited for a sign language interpreter to help her because she could not understand how to participate in the Los Angeles school district’s online independent study program. She began falling asleep during school hours. Eventually, she stopped logging in.
Her mother, Rena Tafoya, who has health conditions that could threaten her life if she contracts COVID-19, needed to keep Maya home and believed her daughter would receive required services, including an ASL interpreter. Maya was provided an interpreter Oct. 25, but the toll is immense as she is weeks behind.
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