Online learning excludes most children with disability, says CRPD Commissioner

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While online learning may be a viable solution for some children, it is not a realistic option for most children with a disability, said in a statement, the Commissioner for the Rights of Persons with Disability, CRPD, Oliver Scicluna.

“There needs to be a clear solution for those children for whom online learning is not a realistic option,” said Oliver Scicluna who further explained that online learning is not an option for children on the autism spectrum, those with ADHD or those with an intellectual disability, amongst other conditions.

The CRPD Commissioner stated that while online learning can be offered to those children who can benefit from it, this solution is not suitable for everybody and leaves out a large population of disabled children, all of whom also have the right to education.

Those children with a disability who cannot physically attend school are being left with no option except online learning or Teleskola, which is not suited to their needs, concluded Oliver Scicluna.