Jenny Speas is the owner and principal advocate at Ohio Student Advocacy. Jenny began her journey in advocacy as a parent. Jenny’s philosophy on advocacy always begins with educating parents and students about their rights and the shared responsibilities of families and school districts. Understanding that relationships with a school district can be long-term and can impact an entire family, Jenny believes strongly in beginning with a collaborative approach to problem-solving— even for the most complex student profiles. In this episode, Jenny gives her thoughts of what COVID fallout may look like in the field of Special Education, and emphasizes the importance of maintaining student-parent-teacher relationships during remote learning. We discuss the widening of the gap in achievement and what our communities should take away from the schooling experience during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Special Education COVID Resources:
- Wrightslaw: Special Education in the COVID Era:
- The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) Webinar: Got Back to School Questions? We’ve Got Your Answers!
- Autism Society of Akron Webinar, hosted by Kerry Agins, of Agins and Gilman:
- Ohio Department of Education: Reset and Restart Plan for Students with Disabilities:
- Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates: COVID Resources
Resources to help with students in remote learning: