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December 2 is National Special Education Day

December 2 is National Special Education Day

Before the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was signed into law on December 2, 1972, many people with disabilities received little to no education. Schools weren't required to make accommodations for children with disabilities and many families couldn't afford to send their students away to special schools.

Thanks to the law being implemented, children with disabilities have a right to the same free education that other children have. The Act was instrumental in increasing graduation rates for students with disabilities.

With that said, it's important to understand that accommodations aren't always the best option for students with learning disabilities. Giving a student more time to complete a test may be helpful, but strengthening processing speed may do far more to address the root cause of the issue. Likewise, while putting a student with attention struggles in a room alone may remove the distractions created by a roomful of classmates, targeting and training attention skills may do more to strengthen the brain skills needed for a foundation of learning.

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