‘Normal didn’t work for us’: People with disabilities worry about loss of virtual options

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Eiryn Griest Schwartzman spent years fighting for academic accommodations at their Maryland college with little success, but the coronavirus pandemic changed everything: In-person classes became virtual, with closed-captioning features, making it possible for them to follow what was going on in class.

“That’s been a game changer for me,” said Griest Schwartzman, 23, who uses they/them pronouns. “… Now I actually have the ability to understand material that I couldn’t get before.”

However, now that the world is looking towards “the new normal”‘ Griest Schwartzman and other people with disabilities are worried that accommodations that became standard in 2020 will not be available. Remote classes and work have opened doors for many, and virtual activities and gatherings expanded social bubbles even as many stayed home.

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