December 2nd is a day to celebrate special education. It was on December 2nd, 1975 that the first federal special education law came into existent. Every year after has been a day to reflect and reform.
Schools have not always been easy and equal for all. If you were slow you tried your best to keep up but there was not a lot done if you were unable to do that. The thought was that if you were going to be laborers then education was not so important and many dropped out of school before they graduated. The 1970s changed lots of things and one of those was to include special classes in schools. I can personally remember going to school in the 70s and many times the teachers would have discussions as to what the new title teachers would do and exactly who needed help.
Special education day has been celebrated as national holiday since 2005. It was the 30th anniversary of the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) Since the day that President Gerald Ford signed the ground-breaking legislation til now there have been many changes. All children including children with disabilities have the right and receive a fair education. Tomorrow the promise is there to do so much more when parents, teachers and schools get together and plan for the future all students are given better educations.