Legislature asked to extend year of services for students with special needs

Many families of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities say the state has failed to recognize just how disruptive the year-long gap in in-person learning has been for those with special needs, especially for students close to aging out of the system.

Laura Colnes, the mother of 21-year-old Sam, a student with autism who has lost critical development because of remote instruction, has petitioned the Legislature, asking that students about to graduate receive services for an extra year.

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