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  • The ARISE Coalition & PIE Call for Investments in School Accessibility in the FY 2020-2024 Capital Plan

    Members of the ARISE Coalition (which is coordinated by AFC) and Parents for Inclusive Education (PIE) sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio asking that the City include a major investment in the FY 2020-2024 School Construction Authority Five-Year Capital Plan to make at least one-third of schools accessible to students, parents, and teachers with physical disabilities.

    Sep 12, 2018

    Side view portrait of smiling Black woman using a wheelchair. (Photo by Seventyfour, Adobe Stock)
    Photo by Seventyfour, Adobe Stock

    Currently, only one out of every five City schools is fully accessible; as a result, students with physical disabilities find themselves automatically shut out of the majority of schools because of architectural barriers.

    We estimate that reaching this target would require an additional $750 million over five years. While we would like to see the school system fully accessible to individuals with physical disabilities, this funding would go a long way toward integrating students with physical needs into NYC’s schools and would have a significant impact on their lives.

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