Allison Lombardi quoted by KCUR about students with special needs.

“We’re trying to make it so people with disabilities have more opportunities for employment in society, right?” said Allison Lombardi, a professor who teaches in the Special Education Program at the University of Connecticut. “There’s not a separate society for just people with disabilities, so it really doesn’t make sense for us to create programs that are so separate.”

Lombardi said schools are still tracking young adults with disabilities into prescriptive, low-wage work instead of giving them access to the classes their college-bound classmates take.

“If there’s an opportunity for adolescents with and without disabilities to learn alongside each other on the job, that’s really where I think we want to get with CTE,” Lombardi said.

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