|Distanced backyard deer|
It is strange that social distancing, wearing a mask and coronavirus updates are a part of Cam's daily world.
His school district formally released a plan for back to school on August 31st. Cam's special needs class plans to have the option of attending in person. General education 7th graders will be splitting their time between in-person and virtual school for the first 4 weeks. It did get us thinking about the history of special ed.
The story of Special Education begins in the early part of the 20th Century. Parents formed advocacy groups to help bring the educational needs of children with disabilities to the public eye. These groups gained momentum mid-century. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy created the President’s Panel on Mental Retardation. The panel’s recommendations included federal aid to states. In 1965, Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which provided funding for primary education, and is seen by advocacy groups as expanding access to public education for children with disabilities. Despite these two important events, by the 1970’s, only a relatively small number of children with disabilities were being educated in public schools. Both enacted in 1975, two federal laws would change this: The Education for All Handicapped Children Act (EHA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
The EHA establishes a right to public education for all children regardless of disability, while the IDEA requires schools provide individualized or special education for children with qualifying disabilities. Under the IDEA, states who accept public funds for education must provide special education to qualifying children with disabilities. The IDEA sets forth specific guidelines regarding Free Appropriate Public Education. Among these is the idea that education must be tailored to meet the needs of the individual child with a disability. This education must be of benefit to the child and should prepare the child for further education (i.e., college) or to live and work independently. The IDEA also requires that education occur in the least restrictive environment and requires schools to take a child’s disability into account when enforcing discipline. Although not all children with disabilities are covered by the IDEA and EHA, these two acts have been instrumental in ensuring a free public education to millions of children with disabilities each year since passage. Prior to these acts, parents of children with disabilities had few choices as to the education of their children. Today, these children receive their education alongside all others.
Cam had a social smoothie break planned at Brody's Be Cafe on Thursday. Liam and his brother David, along with Cam and Brody all enjoyed a mid-morning break and catching up.
After work on Friday, we headed over to Lowell to see Mary Jo and celebrate her graduation. As president of her graduating class, it was a different senior year for her since Michigan schools were out of session as of mid-March. She was super excited to see Cam and made certain there were some Chick-Fil-A nuggets and Heidi's doughnuts for him to enjoy.
On Saturday we arrived in time for lunch and headed to the beach in the afternoon. It was a partly sunny day and by the time dinner rolled around, it had clouded over. As the evening progressed, though, the sun shone itself again. It was visible enough to see it "dip" below the horizon, appearing to sink into the big lake. The afterglow was especially picturesque with the different hues illuminated in the sky and reflected in the water.
We never tire of seeing the poignant colors and still believe each sunset is entirely different. Something else we don't get tired of... eating s'mores! Although they do pretty much taste the same each time, they are still one of the most delicious desserts around!!
"What kind of cupcake would you like?"
"A mint chocolate one, please"
"It is only free if you make it yourself!"