Have you faced barriers to services for students with disabilities in Newark schools? Let us know.

A student with disabilities at HeartShare Taranto preschool in Brooklyn receives occupational therapy.
To better understand the challenges faced by students with disabilities, Chalkbeat Newark is looking to speak with the school community about your experiences with receiving services in the district. (Christina Veiga / Chalkbeat)

Students with disabilities are among the most vulnerable in Newark Public Schools. In 2019, Superintendent Roger León made a promise to fix the city’s programs serving those students.

But even the most thriving school districts can struggle to serve that population.

To better understand the challenges faced by those students, Chalkbeat Newark is looking to speak with students, parents, guardians, and family members who know or have a student with disabilities in a Newark public school. 

Complex districts with many students who need services often run up against challenges that can stand in the way of getting those students the services to which they are legally entitled. After the onset of the pandemic, many Newark families continue to face problems as they relate to students with disabilities.

If you have a student with a disability receiving services or in need of services, we want to hear more about your child and your experience in Newark Public Schools. 

Are you an educator who works with Newark students with disabilities? We’d love to hear from you too.

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