You are such an exceptional person, and I mean every word of it; if you are a teacher, a parent, a paraeducator or just an adult that works with children with special needs, then I want to let you know that you are a blessing to our world. Today I want to celebrate and also encourage you to keep your light of positivity shinning and don’t you dare give up because of the challenges you encounter in this field. I call you a blessing because  So many people in today’s society disregard and neglect the needs of these children and take for granted the fact that some of these children have unique gifts that can add value to society.

As a special needs educator, it has been a pleasure to see some of my students thrive in a caring and supportive environment. I understand that each spectrum in special Education comes with its own overwhelming challenges but one of the greatest lessons I have learned in life is the fact that no matter what life throws at us, what ultimately matters is not the problem but the attitude with we approach those issues.

Research has shown that some of these children with disabilities such as Autism and Down syndrome can become successful adults in our community and workforce with the right support and education some

Dear Special Educator, what is your attitude towards children with special needs, is it positive, is it negative or do you approach your job with a carefree attitude? Do you have a why? Why are you in this profession, how can you make the life of the children in my care better? These are some of the questions I would like to remind you to ask yourself. Regardless of the answers to your why, I want to celebrate and congratulate you for a job well done, for caring and for choosing to be a part of our children with disabilities. I celebrate your boldness and the audacity of your hope of a better future and I encourage you to rise as an advocate in the life of these precious ones that have little or no voice for themselves.

As advocates, we need to continue in the frontline, pushing for inclusive education and the rights and privileges’ of our students with disabilities. They have a right to learn, a right to education, a right to be a part of the workforce and together we stand to create these opportunities for them. A study conducted in 1996 by the National Down Syndrome Society here in the United States, describes several benefits of Inclusive education and the effects it had on the students. Some of the benefits include the fact that most of the students felt more motivated, had higher self-esteem and improved communication skills.

The students also showed more independence in daily living skills and positive social interactions. The report also highlighted the fact that teacher preparation and the professionals within the school system was also helpful. Such attitudes as being open-minded to a collaboration between general and special education and training was also helpful. It is our role to also educate family members to debunk most of the myths attached to children with disabilities.

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