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Survival Coalition releases Parent Survey describing impact of state budget on school children with disabilities

Today, the Survival Coalition released its analysis of results from a statewide survey of parents of children with disabilities conducted by Disability Rights Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities, and Wisconsin FACETS, all agencies with a statutory charge to protect and promote the educational rights of students with disabilities. The survey received 442 responses from parents of children with disabilities across the state over a two-month period.

The survey revealed that 46% of the respondents indicated their child’s educational programming was worse when compared to the last 1-2 years. “It is unacceptable,” says Survival Coalition co-chair and DRW Executive Director, Tom Masseau. “We should not have this number of families of children with disabilities saying their child’s education has deteriorated. Survival Coalition looks forward to working with the state to address these problematic results.”

Forty-percent of all families surveyed said they were concerned for their child’s future due to the changes in educational programming.
The Survival Coalition concludes that public school funding in the state is not adequate to address the health, safety, and academic progress of students with disabilities.

Read the press release here: Survival Coalition Parent Survey Press release.

Read the full survey report here: IMPACT – final.