He felt at home at a school for deaf kids. Then came the pandemic — and online learning
8-year-old Eric Cardenas is enrolled at the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind’s Phoenix campus. He’s forged close relationships with the students there, and since everyone on campus knows sign language, his parents say the school encourages an “incredible sense of self.”
Then, COVID-19 struck America. Almost instantly, ASDB sent all of the children home–and has been fully remote as of March 16th. Eric went from loving school to absolutely hating it.
All over the country, children are now stranded from one of their only forms of communication with others. “He would beg not to do schoolwork,” his parents mentioned. “He would do it, but it would take a lot of work and he would have a lot of fits.”