Special Education Day is December 2!
Celebrate and consider reform for the future!
Special Education Day marks the anniversary of the nation's first federal special education law--signed into law on December 2, 1975. It is a day to reflect and reform.
Special Education Day, the national holiday listed in Chase's Calendar of events, began in 2005. That year marked the 30th anniversary of the IDEA--the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
2016 is the 12th anniversary of Special Education Day!
We hope you will mark and celebrate it!
Where were we when President Gerald Ford signed the ground-breaking legislation? And, where are we now? We have come a long way and now provide access to education for all children, including children with disabilities. For a story about President Ford's signing statement, please click here.
And, where do we need to be tomorrow? We created the day to honor progress and celebrate students with disabilities--and their teacher, parents, and schools. And, we dialogue and plan for the future for all students in our schools and for appropriate reforms.
One reform that was launched through Special Education Day is SpedEx. It's an innovative, successful child-focused dispute resolution model that is free for Massachusetts schools and parents--and works to create trust between the parties. For information about SpedEx, please visit www.spedexresolution.com. We hope it'll go national before too long!
We urge you to sponsor and event to celebrate the 12th Annual Special Education Day in your community in your own ways.
If you plan to host a celebration (large or small) in your school district or community, we are happy to provide encouragement and assistance. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May our reforms move special education forward--to improve the teaching and learning for all students--general and special education.
HAPPY SPECIAL EDUCATION DAY!