Pandemic Is ‘Deepening Inequities’ For Students Of Color With Disabilities, Emory Researcher Says

Schools across Metro Atlanta have taken varying approaches on when and how to bring students back into classrooms during the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, for students with disabilities — or individualized education plans — there are other factors to consider.

In addition, we know the pandemic has amplified existing inequities — particularly for students of color.

Jennifer Sarrett is a lecturer at Emory University’s Center for the Study of Human Health. Her research focuses on education for students with disabilities.

Sarrett recently wrote about how the pandemic is “deepening inequities” within the special education system, specifically for students of color.

She joined Closer Look with Rose Scott on Thursday’s edition of the program for a conversation about this, and why she believes even more data is needed to fully understand the toll of the pandemic on under-resourced students.

Dr. Sarrett also shared resources for parents of students of color with disabilities, who want to know their rights.

To hear the full conversation, click on the audio player above.

Courtesy: Jennifer Sarrett