Graduate project

Distance Leaming and Special Education: Exploring Equity & Compliance

This project was created in order to share with educators the effectiveness of distance learning for special education students, as well as potential issues with equity and legal compliance. To accomplish this outcome there was a review of current literature to better understand how virtual learning will influence student’s education in the future and how educators need to respond. The areas of current research were somewhat limited due to special education being a somewhat niche area of research compared to general education. However, upon a close examination, the findings of the existing research presented some concerning trends as well as potential. Many scholars found that distance learning is difficult for students who receive special education services and generally not a preferred educational method by families of students with disabilities. This is because virtual learning poses many challenges to students with processing and attention deficits and also poses challenges to providing the specialized academic program that special education students need to succeed. Therefore, as distance learning is currently being implemented, there are issues with equity and access that arise. It also was clear through examining the research that there are some exciting possibilities for special education in a virtual setting if implemented correctly with the proper amount of differentiation and support. As technology improves, certain tools provide a unique benefit that could not be replicated easily in the classroom setting.