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  • Before New York City Schools Close Again, This is What Students with Disabilities Need

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    The mayor and chancellor at a school (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office)

    Over 300,000 New York City students with disabilities still do not have the means to learn and receive services effectively online. And families can no longer emotionally endure being full-time caregivers, teachers, and therapists. The city needs a plan right now.

    The pandemic has further widened the achievement gap between students with disabilities and their peers. Remote learning and teletherapy -- speech, occupational, and physical therapy, as

  • After Parent’s ‘Gut-Wrenching’ Testimony, Next Step in City Council School Bus Reform

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    Council Member Justin Brannan (photo: John McCarten\City Council)

    Sally Kabel was diagnosed with infant leukemia at ten months old, the treatment for which led to seizures, three broken bones, and a weak immune system. She developed epilepsy, and after her third bout of pneumonia she required continuous oxygen support. None of this stopped her from going to school more than complications with her school bus, according to her mother, Nicole Kabel.

    After missing the first day at Manhattan Star Academy on the Upper West SIde