Mayors from the Plovdiv region in Bulgaria have taken the initiative of ensuring worksheets reach children with disabilities in order for them to participate in distance learning during the current pandemic.
Katya Stoilova, who heads the Regional Center for Support of the Inclusive Education Process (the former Resource Center), said that at least 95 students in the Plovdiv region with special educational needs (SEN) do not have a device and internet at home. Therefore, a scheme has been created whereby the teacher sends the materials to the town hall, from where mediators help to provide them to the child in his or her home.
Additional assistance is provided to hundreds of children with SEN from across the district, of whom about 300 are students. 195 have been enrolled in distance learning thanks to virtual classrooms. The practice has been successful; in the first week of distance learning there were 613 real-time study hours, 172 of which were via video.
Unfortunately, 21 children did not have the chance to join. Some parents refused, while others did not have the opportunity because of health problems. Three were caught by the state of emergency during treatment abroad.
All of the Regional Center for Support of the Inclusive Education Process' resources have been mobilized, including 47 resource teachers, 7 psychologists and 7 speech therapists. For 1 week, 443 interviews were conducted during which psychologists explained to parents and children, in an appropriate manner, what COVID-19 was and the appropriate measures to prevent infection.
You can find more information in the Maritsa (Марица in bulg.) article in Bulgarian.