Author Event: Isabella Forti-Lynch

November 18, 2020, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.Join Zoom meeting Isa is a junior at Mills College. She lives in Albany, has cerebral palsy and graduated from Albany High School. She wrote her first novella, Following Seas, at the age of 14, which we highlighted in our Disability Lit column in October. She will read fromContinue reading “Author Event: Isabella Forti-Lynch”

November 2020 Newsletter

We have just released the November edition of the Albany Disability Squad newsletter. This edition includes:  An update on in-person services for high-needs students. Our upcoming events.  Some preliminary results from our ongoing survey about family needs for in-person educational services. If you haven’t already, we’d love it if you could take 5 minutes and take the survey. Continue reading “November 2020 Newsletter”

Survey on In-Person Learning for High-Needs Students

The Albany Disability Squad is sponsoring this survey is to help us to understand the needs of the most vulnerable students in AUSD. We will use this information to advocate for the group of students who may need to receive in-person services, including students with disabilities, English language learners, students eligible for free and reducedContinue reading “Survey on In-Person Learning for High-Needs Students”

Know Your Rights in Distance Learning

Are you confused about contingency learning plans? Emergency plans? Whether assessments are happening now? Are students still entitled to a Free and Appropriate Public Education? Many of us have had questions about whether and to what extent the school district is required to fulfill its obligations to our students with IEPs and 504 Plans duringContinue reading “Know Your Rights in Distance Learning”

Board of Education Endorsements

On Tuesday night, September 29, 2020, the Albany Disability Squad hosted a forum on Zoom with all three candidates for the two open seats on the AUSD Board of Education. Candidates were asked for specific position statements on how they would champion AUSD students with disabilities and partner with their families. Based on the qualityContinue reading “Board of Education Endorsements”

The Term “Disability” in the Squad’s Name

We have received some questions about why we chose to use the word “disability” in the name of the Albany Disability Squad. This word can feel controversial to some people, and not all people with disabilities feel comfortable with this label.  After a lot of debate, the founders of the Squad chose to include thisContinue reading “The Term “Disability” in the Squad’s Name”

“Start of School Year” Survey Results

Thank you to the many families who responded to the Albany Disabilities Squad’s survey and shared with us how the beginning of this school year has gone for them. We closed the survey on September 11, and have now finished analyzing and summarizing the results. While many aspects of remote learning are working better forContinue reading ““Start of School Year” Survey Results”

Para Support in Remote Learning, Part 2

Are you tearing your hair out, wishing that the Albany Unified School District would provide better paraeducator support to your students in remote learning? We wrote to you last week asking for your ideas on how AUSD could/should be deploying paraeducators to help students remotely. Since then, we have developed a fairly robust list ofContinue reading “Para Support in Remote Learning, Part 2”

Para Support in Remote Learning

Is your student getting an appropriate level of support from their paraeducator (also known as “paras” or “aides”) in the remote learning format? Many students are not. The Albany Disability Squad’s steering committee would like to create a work group to focus on ways the school district should be using paras in remote learning. TheContinue reading “Para Support in Remote Learning”