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Suspensions and expulsions could set our most vulnerable kids on a path to school drop-out, drug use and crime

Analysis shows most suspensions in SA in 2019 were given to Indigenous students with a disability, followed by children with a disability living in care. These children need support, not dismissal.
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Thinking of switching to homeschooling permanently after lockdown? Here are 5 things to consider

If you’re considering homeschooling because your child seems to do better at home, but are unsure if it’s the right thing to do, here are five things to take into account.
The solution to better education in Canada isn’t a national department. Here, children sit at St. Barnabas Catholic School in Scarborough, Ont., on Oct. 27, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

COVID-19 shows the cracks in public education – here’s how to repair them

Statistics Canada could help provinces and territories design and implement interventions to improve schooling quality, and governments should better engage with the public.
Remote learning doesn’t work for all children. Students sit behind screened-in cubicles at St. Barnabas Catholic School in Scarborough, Ont., on Oct. 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Students with disabilities should have the option of in-person learning during COVID-19 school closures

As provinces consider extended holidays, or school closures loom as a possibility under COVID-19, schools should commit to providing in-person schooling for students with disabilities.
Parents are missing in-person supports for children. Here, MaShel West holds her son Lucas’ hands while talking with his certified behaviour analyst at their home in Layton, Utah, March 5, 2020. (Ivy Ceballo/The Deseret News via AP)

Coronavirus: Distance learning poses challenges for some families of children with disabilities

Connecting with school staff, community groups, family and friends may look different right now for families of children with disabilities, but some benefits remain.
Because support from specialized professionals and technologies is often accessed through schools, families of children with disabilities may find childcare and education particularly challenging during COVID-19 school closures. (Shutterstock)

Children with disabilities face health risks, disruption and marginalization under coronavirus

COVID-19 has left children with disabilities and their families lacking services, at risk for physical and mental health issues, and fearful of discriminatory choices for treating critical illness.
Designing schools to accommodate students with disabilities is a complicated task and needs a lot more research than what is out there. from shutterstock.com

Students with disabilities need inclusive buildings. We can learn from what’s already working

Every school in Australia must be built with the varying needs of students with disabilities in mind. This is a worthy goal but achieving it is complicated. Looking at some examples can help.
Australia’s disability royal commission looked focused on the education system this week. Cameron Laird

Are flexible learning options giving schools a convenient way out of taking responsibility for ‘difficult’ students?

Thousands of Australian students are disengaged from school and leave early. Governments have provided alternative learning options for these students, but are these having unintended consequences?
Knowing the right strategies can help parents of children with autism spectrum disorder boost their children’s communication skills. College of Education & Human Development, Texas A&M University

5 tips for parents to build communication skills with children with autism spectrum disorder

Specialists offer a series of tips on how parents of children with autism spectrum disorder can help their children communicate with more people and in different places.

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