National Special Education Day, December 2

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Special Needs Children Deserve a Celebration Just Like Everyone Else

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Each year National Special Education Day is observed on December 2. Happy National Special Education Day!

This date marks the anniversary of the first federal special education law in the United States. It was signed by President Gerald Ford and was named the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The legislation opened the door to thousands of children, with special needs, to receive an education. The day is set aside to honor the progress that has been made in the field of special education. Although the act came into law in 1975, the special day was first celebrated in 2005.

The day can be celebrated in a variety of ways, just like other national days. A community might offer festivals, dances, food, or a number of other celebrations. In some communities the PTA (Parent-Teacher Association) can support your endeavor. The group has actually assembled “The PTA Special Education Toolkit.” The ‘toolkit’ offers ideas on how to welcome and support children with Special Needs in the school community. According to their information, “The PTA created information and resources on the unique challenges that children with special needs face and ways the PTAs can better support these families in achieving student success.”

Depending on the school community, one idea is to have a school assembly. This should be organized to be a fun, energized event with the population performing skits, songs, and displaying their many talents. Special needs children need to be on stage just like all other students.

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