When the specialized school is too far away, does not have room for them or families ask for a period of reflection on an orientation, distance education is a solution for many pupils with disabilities.
Distance education and disability: the keys to success
For a few months, a year, or even all the schooling, students can follow their distance education, from the large section of kindergarten to higher education. The key to success: a lot of self-discipline and personal investment. But isolation is the major disadvantage of this type of schooling. The solution to limit the effects, participate if possible in activities outside and take advantage of the help that can bring the Cned .
Very often distance education is based on families, a commitment for parents that should not be minimized. In order to help students and their families, Cned accompanies its courses of booklets and documents on line allowing to better organize. The students are individually monitored by national education teachers, who are responsible for supervising them and can also contact the teacher advisers attached to each site to request information on the content and help the organization. Phone or internet tutorials exist for some courses (in high school, tutoring for all levels and disciplines).
Students under the age of 16, if they are recognized by the MDPH or if they have obtained a favorable opinion from the doctor of the academy can benefit from the home intervention, a volunteer teacher repeater paid by the Cned, 3 hours a week. One condition however, this service can be put in place only if a volunteer is found in the perimeter where the student lives. For college and high school, the request is studied by the social worker and the school doctor of Cned.
An innovative solution: shared schooling
Traditionally, students with disabilities, enrolled in Cned, were followed only in the family environment. But more and more, they attend partially the establishment of origin, which allows them not to break the link. Shared schooling is also set up for students with disabilities who are cared for by specialized institutions (IEM, places to live, Itep, day hospitals, etc.) who can not offer them schooling. In high school, conventions allow the student to attend a free auditor to courses in institutions in order not to cut themselves off from school life. This type of schooling can be done, depending on the case, under the PPS with the agreement of the academic director of the services of the National Education.
The student, once registered, receives his courses, documents, internet access. This organization is substantially the same from school to higher education. The courses are not adapted to this or that type of handicap, the pupils are in very different situations. These are the courses that school counselors strive to develop on a case-by-case basis with families. Gradually, Cned is moving towards digital and puts training online. This improves the accessibility of the courses. Another advantage, this partly solves the problem of congestion posed by the paper supports of hospitalized students.