Program aids special needs students in region and across country

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UTICA — AT&T matched more than $1,800 in donations to special needs learning projects in Rome and Utica and $250,000 across the nation. AT&T officials said they know the new school year looks different for teachers and students across the United States, especially for educators serving pupils with special needs.

Only 1 in 5 families with children in special education reported that they have received all the support services to which their children need, and were entitled to, when schools started distance learning, the announcement said.

Donations were made through DonorsChoose. The nonprofit crowdfunding platform allows public school teachers to request support for resources. This includes donating more than $1,800 to six special needs distance learning projects in Rome and Utica.

“Teachers are working hard to keep New York students with special needs learning despite immense challenges,” said Amy Kramer, President, New York, AT&T. “We’re honored to help them find innovative ways to ensure that all students can succeed through remote learning.”

Nationally, AT&T, contributed to more than 1,350 special needs distance learning projects on DonorsChoose that qualified.

“Heading back to school has never been more challenging, but teachers across the country are rising to that challenge to ensure that all of their students have the support they need to continue learning,” said Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose. “We appreciate AT&T’s generosity in helping teachers and special need students get the best possible start to the new school year.”

AT&T’s contribution to DonorsChoose builds on an earlier $1 million donation to teacher-focused organizations to help educators prepare for the new school year. This support is made possible, in part, through AT&T’s Distance Learning & Family Connections fund.

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