Special Education Day is December 2!


A day to celebrate our accomplishments, teachers, administrators, students and parents....and to spur reform for the future.  

Special Education Day marks the anniversary of the nation's first federal special education law--signed by President Gerald Ford on December 2, 1975.

Special Education Day, the national holiday listed in Chase's Calendar of events,  began in 2005--marking the 30th anniversary of the IDEA--the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

2018 is the 13th 
anniversary of Special Education Day and the 43rd anniversary of the IDEA.


Our lucky  13!
This is a day to celebrate, reflect, and spur reform.

We hope you will mark and celebrate it.


As a nation, we've come a long way since 1975. We now provide access to education for all children, including children with disabilities. 

It's time to ask: where do we need to be in the next 43 years?  We, the Special Education Day Committee--SPEDCO,  launched this day in 2005 to honor progress and celebrate students with disabilities--and their teachers, administrators, parents, and schools. It's a day to dialogue and plan for the future for all students in our schools--a day to spur systemic reform. 

One reform already launched through Special Education Day is SpedEx-- an innovative, successful, child-focused, and trust-building dispute resolution model that is free for Massachusetts schools and parents. For information about SpedEx, please visit www.spedexresolution.com.  We hope it'll go national before long.

We hope you will mark this day and celebrate the 13th Annual Special Education Day in your schools & community... in your own way.

If you plan to host a celebration (large or small), write a  piece, fly balloons, sponsor a luncheon, share chocolates, or otherwise mark the day, we are happy to provide encouragement and assistance.  Please contact us at

May our reforms move special education forward--to improve the teaching and learning for all students--general and special education--in our nation's public schools.

Happy Special Education Day!

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