Nine Recommendations for Inclusive Learning Recovery for Students with Disabilities


Over the past year, many students have experienced entirely virtual and remote learning and many—especially students with disabilities—will need additional support, time, and teaching to get the high quality education they deserve.

Students have missed out on opportunities to learn and develop during the pandemic. In response, the federal government is providing billions of dollars to address “instructional loss”. While states, districts, and schools pilot new approaches to promote learning recovery, these practices must be held to high standards, be accessible and inclusive to students with disabilities, and must have educators prepared to serve students with disabilities effectively and equitably.

As organizations focused on supporting students with disabilities, their families, and the educators who serve them, we have identified the following recommendations as necessary to maximize the impact for students with disabilities and ensure equitable access to strategies for learning recovery.

(The organizations include: The Advocacy Institute, The Center for Learner Equity, COPAA, Council for Exceptional Children, Learning Disabilities Association of America, National Association of School Psychologists, National Center for Learning Disabilities, National Disability Rights Network, and National Down Syndrome Congress.)


All Disabilities Collaboration Family Engagement Federal Laws Inclusion Individualized Education Program (IEP) Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Parent/Family Professional Resources Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (504) Social/Emotional