Special Education Day is a day that’s observed annually on December 2nd and commemorates the anniversary of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act that was signed into law by U.S President Ford on December 2, 1975. This act made public education available to all eligible children all over the U.S and made sure that special education was made available to the children that needed it. Although this act wasn’t perfect, it was a step forward for special education.
The History Of Special Education Day
Special Education Day was first observed on December 2, 2005, on the 30th anniversary of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act. It has since been observed every year as an important way to open up communication about how to advance special education to make it more available and better suited to more children.
Facts About Special Education
As we researched Special Education Day, we came across some statistics that we’d like to share with everyone reading this article. Let’s dig into some of these statistics before moving on to how this observance day can be celebrated.
- In the U.S in 2017, 13.7% of public school students were served by the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
- A French physician during the late 18th and early 19th century named Jean-Mark-Gaspard Itard is credited as the father of special education.
- Nearly four times as many boys as girls are diagnosed with a learning disability. This is probably due to many girls being unidentified or untreated as having a learning disability.
- Special education laws don’t extend to post-secondary schooling.
- Thomas Edison, Bill Gates, Walt Disney, and Albert Einstein are just some of the famous people who had special educational needs and/or a learning disability.
Observing Special Education Day
Special Education Day can be observed by taking a few moments to think about the contribution the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) made to the area of education in the U.S. Teachers can also prepare special lesson plans on or around this day to introduce IDEA to their students. People can also spread the word about this holiday by using the hashtag #SpecialEducationDay.
When is Special Education Day?
|This year (2022)||December 2 (Friday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Next year (2023)||December 2 (Saturday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Last year (2021)||December 2 (Thursday)||Multiple dates - more|