We’re into the long haul of the pandemic. Ten months in, a vaccine is now arriving, but there are still many months to go before we can expect to emerge into a ‘new normal,’ whatever that will look like. We also have some clear indications that the pandemic has only brought to light the cracks in systems that have existed for a very long time.
In the early days of the pandemic, we repurposed our Exclusion Tracker survey to uncover COVID-specific issues and needs around access to inclusive education for families of children and youth with disabilities, running a series of snapshots through to the end of the school year.
In August 2020, we partnered with BC Parents of Complex Kids, Family Support Institute, and Inclusion BC, to do a very focused survey about the impact of COVID-19 on inclusive education with the intention of providing much needed information to the BC government as they made plans for the 2020/21 school year. We had a tremendous response in only a couple of days and we’re grateful to all of the families who contributed!
We are continuing to seek your input. BCEdAccess has partnered with researchers from the University of British Columbia to conduct a survey about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on inclusive education. We will use the results of this survey to inform our advocacy work in the coming months, and it will become a part of the body of research that will be used provincially, nationally and even globally in the future.
As a parent of 2 children with disabilities who are still in school, I completed the survey and it only took about 10 minutes. There are lots of comment boxes where you can provide more information.
Please help us as we continue to advocate for BC’s complex learners and students with disabilities. I encourage you to fill out the survey, and share it wherever you see it on social media, by email, etc.
The survey can be found here:
We’re asking people to try to complete it by the end of the weekend (December 20).