Things Look Different For Special Education Students While Remote

Updated: May 19, 2020

This article originally appeared in Disability Scoop on May 5, 2020 by Luz Moreno-Lozano.

AUSTIN, Texas — It took some adjusting, but parent Maggie Suter said her family has gotten the hang of virtual learning. Suter has four sons, two of whom are in special education classes in the Eanes Independent School District, all learning from their Westlake home.

The school district implemented a remote learning program in March after schools shuttered to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Every student is now logging into the web-conferencing app Zoom and using Google Classroom as well as other educational applications and systems to connect with teachers and classmates.

But for Suter’s sons William and Travis, learning remotely looks a little different than it does for their brothers. William, who attends Westridge Middle School, and Travis, a Westlake High freshman, are both special education students.

All learning and programs have moved to the online environment including core, Spanish immersion and special education classes and services. Molly May, executive director of Special Education and 504 Services, said that includes occupational, physical and speech therapy as wel