Department of Education COVID-19 Waiver Report

On this episode of the ACB Advocacy Update, Claire Stanley and Clark Rachfal speak with ACB First Vice President Mark Richert about the COVID-19 waiver report submitted to Congress by the Department of Education. Mark, who is serving as Interim Executive Director for the Association of Education and Rehabilitation for the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) shares his thoughts on what is included in the waiver report, the impact of previous advocacy efforts to ensure these waivers do not weaken the Free Appropriate Public Education in the Least Restrictive Environment protections for all students, and the vigilance required by advocates as Congress interprets these waiver requests into legislation.
To read the letter that ACB and the American Foundation for the Blind co-authored to Congress regarding waivers from the Department of Education, please visit:
To learn more about AER, please visit:
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