Why children with disabilities are missing school and losing skills

On a recent school day in Del Norte County, Calif., in one of the state’s northernmost school districts, 17-year-old Emma Lenover sits at home on the couch.

In some ways, Emma is a typical teen. She loves Disneyland and dance class. But she has already faced more adversity than some classmates will in a lifetime.

“All of October and all of November, there was no school because there was no aide” says Emma’s mother, Melony Lenover, leaning her elbows into the kitchen table.

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