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Dr. Sara Frampton discussing the impact of distance learning on the special education population


SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – As San Diego Unified and Los Angeles Unified School Districts announce that they will be holding classes online for the upcoming school year, opponents of the decision want their voices to be heard. Dr. Sara Frampton works with students who have disabilities, and she believes online classes will only be detrimental to them.

She is concerned that students with disabilities will not receive the education they are entitled to under FAPE (Free & Appropriate Public Education).

Dr. Sara Frampton has worked as both a special education teacher and school psychologist in local San Diego area schools over the last several decades, having moved here in 1976. In the 1980s she became the president of the school psychologist’s Association known as the SandCasp. Then she obtained her second master’s degree in Educational Counseling and her PhD in psychology here in San Diego from local colleges.

Her private practice, Advocacy Associates Inc., was founded in 1983 and since that time she has been incredibly involved in local educational issues and worked in nearly every district in the county.

Dr. Frampton explained that students with special needs typically have more difficulty with learning in schools than the average student, which is why they require an IEP or 504 plan to provide educational support in the first place. Limitations and challenges often include attention and cognitive difficulties which preclude meaningful engagement in virtual learning (online instruction).

Particularly for the more severely involved students, those with cognitive delays, behavioral challenges, language processing difficulties, and or complex sensory challenges, virtual instruction cannot be meaningfully implemented. Many parents understand this and have been very frustrated because they are unable to provide an educational program for their children with significant delays. Additionally, they do not have specialized professional training.

Furthermore, Dr. Frampton is worried schools may not be able to address the needs of all these students, but acknowledged they are trying.

She said there has been a significant amount of behavioral therapy guidance, speech therapy is often offered individually to these children as is Occupational Therapy when it is on the IEP. Frampton says the parents of these students understand the difficulties and their children’s inability to engage with online education, even on a 1:1 basis.

Dr. Frampton spoke in detail about FOPE and why she is advocating for in-person classes to accommodate the needs of students with disabilities to make sure they receive the educational instruction they must receive with KUSI’s Lauren Phinney on Good Morning San Diego.


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"Dear Dr. Frampton, Thank you for fighting to get me the accomodations and support I needed in school as a child. Thanks to you, I've come so far in life. "- Jamie

"Dear Dr. Frampton, Now that I have recovered from my wrist injury, I wanted to thank you for your generous graduation gift. The subway gift card will come in handy especially smile there is one located right on my campus at the university of Alaska! I can't thank you enough for all the support you have given me over the last 4 years. I am excited for the future! Thank you again. Love, Kevin"

"Thank you to you and your team for helping me get through school. All your support has made me successful. If I didn't have you in my life I don't believe I would have succeeded. So thank you Love, Brittany"

"Dear Doctor Frampton, All I can say is that it has been a great year and thank you for all your help."-Christopher


“I knew I needed some assistance when my son finished the 3rd grade and was a non-reader.  I kept expressing my concerns to the school and was told everything was fine.  We had an IEP and he was receiving special education services but he kept falling farther and farther behind.  I was not able to navigate the special education system on my own.  I made a few phone calls in the community and was connected to Dr. Sara Frampton and Advocates Associates.  I remember feeling so relieved after our first meeting because I knew my son was finally going to get the assistance he needed.  I finally felt like someone heard and understood my concerns.  The validation I received gave me strength and hope.  My son and I worked with Dr. Frampton for 10 years.  I will be forever grateful for the assistance we received from Advocates Associates”-Laura

"Sara, We can comfortably say that you have been the single most important person in our lives for the past 15 years. Truly. X0XO-Sara & Mike

"Thank you for the advocacy in guiding our eldest trough the maze of education; he did just fine after leaving SDUSD at CAL and Medical School, your services allowed him to learn and proper by giving him the support needed. " - Linda & Robert

"When I think of you, I think about all the ways you have helped us with Christian's education, and I am so thankful for having you in our lives. Christian has progressed so well and I know it's because of all you have done for him"-Maria

I wanted to take the time to thank you for the dedication you placed into helping our son @ Banyon Tree. We have noticed great improvements in his self-esteem and we are thrilled to have him in a placement that better suits his learning style. We know we couldn't have done it without you all and we are forever greatful for the passion and dedication to children like our son. With endles gratitude"- Andrea and Antonio

"What would we have done without you? I don't even want to think about that! Thank you for all you have done throughout the years for us. You directed, counseled and advocacted for us wisely and well, and we are immensly grateful. With deep appreciation,"Liz & Andrew 

"With all my gratitude for who you are, your intellect, your spirit, your ethics, your professionalism, you feistiness and mostly, your friendship. It's a pleasure to work with you and a privilege to know you."-Unknown 2008

"Thanks for your support in getting the right things for Steven. We are sure lucky to have such a strong team of advocates for Steven. Our sincere appreciation!"-  Kathy

"Just a small note to thank you all, for your kindess. I felt so alone and so inadequate as a parent to help my child. Words fail me when I try to express how Tim and I feel. Just know we appreciate you so much, and will never forget what you've done for us. God Bless you, love all,"- Debbie & Jim