How Remote Learning Upended NYC Students With Disabilities and Their Families

This article originally appeared in THE CITY on June 17, 2020 by Alex Zimmerman, Lauren Costantino, Rebekah Ward, Veronica Penney, and Yoav Gonen

Parents have morphed into teachers and therapists amid a pandemic. Meanwhile, many kids struggle through virtual special education. Here are some of their stories.

This is part of an ongoing collaborative series between Chalkbeat and THE CITY investigating learning differences, special education and other education challenges in city schools.

When the nation’s largest school system announced on March 15 that 1,800 public schools would shift to remote teaching amid the coronavirus pandemic, it turned the education of 1.1 million students upside down.

But within that seismic disruption are roughly 228,000 children with disabilities who ar