“In the fourth century B.C., the Greek philosopher Aristotle openly declared, “As to the exposure and rearing of children, let there be a law that no deformed child shall live. . . .” (Hardman, Drew, Egan, 2014). How can a statement like this not stir anger in the heart of the hearer? How could someone in their right mind not see that they had a God given right to live, laugh, and be loved just as you and I? Those with disabilities were unable to marry or procreate, for those in authority thought that diabilities were passed on from generation to generation. This was the attitude for generations as those with special needs were locked away in institutions unable to be a part of the world. However, this did not last forever for these actions did stir anger in others and parents began to fight back by creating advocacy groups such as, The United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), the National Association for Retarded Children (NARC), the National Society for Autistic Children, and Association for Children with Learnin...
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...eneral education students to be afraid, as I was due to lack of knowledge. I want to be a voice for the voiceless, strength for the weak, and encouragement to those who lack courage. I know that with Gods help I can and will make a difference.
As one can see special education has grown in a positive ways over the decades, there is still much work to be done as educators, and I too have grown since my first encounters with persons with special needs. Every day may bring a new hurdle to jump, for the task is not an easy one. However, that is what makes the victory even greater. — Alexander Graham Bell stated it best when he said, “What this power is I cannot say; all I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when a man is in that state of mind in which he knows exactly what he wants and is fully determined not to quit until he finds it” (Goodreads, 2015).
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