Special Services Update


Mission Statement, continued

Following up on the mission statement of last week, several people shared their own. Ruth Imber uses this, "Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of becoming." Lincoln Munro uses this at the high school level, "The purpose of special education is to help students meet school and curriculum requirements, not to absolve them of responsibility".

I mentioned that I use two, the one I shared last week, and this one, which clearly sets the goals of special education. Again, this is taken directly from IDEA. "The purpose of this chapter is to ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free and appropriate public education that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living."

What I take from this is the emphasis on "unique needs" as well as the ultimate goal for all students: preparation for adult life in the arenas of education, employment, and independent living. Note that this is the same goal for all students, with or without disabilities. As special education gets pulled in many directions by various educational initiatives, it is important that we keep the purpose of IDEA in mind.