“If they can’t learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn.” -Ole Ivar Lovaas
Special Education Day is a day to honor the progress that has been made in special education and to recognize our teachers, administrators, students, and parents for their hard work and ethic to educate and provide a future for special needs students. The Individuals with Disability Education Act was mandated on December 2, 1975 by President Ford which resulted in changes to bring equal education for students.
I was diagnosed with a reading comprehension disability when I was in school and the IDEA gave me the opportunity to have a resource class to strengthen my reading comprehension skills by reading aloud, providing books at the right grade level, re-read to build fluency, and have discussions and answer questions about the text. Lastly, I was allowed more test time and to turn in advanced math homework at a suitable date.
The IDEA impacted my brother’s life because it gave him an opportunity to learn and have a special class to teach him basic math, reading skills, and life skills. Without his special needs class, he would not have learned how to count and read and do daily routine activities to help out around the house.
I hope you will honor this day with me by using #SpecialEducationDay