Austin mom fights for in-person instruction for special needs

Michelle Torres fought for her son to get two hours every day.

AUSTIN, Texas — An Austin mother wants to know why her son, who has special needs, is one of the few in the Austin Independent School District being offered in-classroom instruction.

Michelle Torres said it took her asking for the service instead of the district offering it.

She shared a video she took of her son inside Barton Hills Elementary School as eight-year-old Aaron concentrated on his jumping jacks during a one-on-one session with his life skills instructor last week.

Torres said her third-grader doesn’t have issues following school-related instructions on campus. That’s not so when it comes to online learning at home.

“So when he’s home, he wants to do his home things. And then when he’s at school, he does. He focuses at school. And that’s part of that autism and Down syndrome trait that they,

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HISD fights digital divide with Digital Learning Centers

HISD’s 36 Digital Learning Centers will be open weekdays from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. and provide eligible students with much-needed resources.

HOUSTON — Virtual learning is tough, but it can feel nearly impossible for parents struggling to provide their children with the needed equipment, such as laptops and internet.

That’s why HISD is opening select campuses this week to support families who do not have access to the technology needed to participate in online learning at home.

The centers are only available to those without access to technology.

The Digital Learning Centers, which are scheduled to open Tuesday, will be available to middle school and elementary students. They will be opened weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

HISD isn’t the first Houston-area school district to implement digital centers to help disadvantaged families. 

Fort Bend ISD is also transforming campuses into resource centers with Fort Bend ISD Learning Centers,

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