Special Education Day

Special Education Day Chapa-De Indian Health

Special Education Day

Chapa-De Indian Health Auburn Grass Valley | Medical Clinic

Today is Special Education Day and we are celebrating the programs and educators that help ensure our students succeed – especially those with disabilities! 

Why today?

December 2nd is the anniversary of our nation’s first federal special education law. The law was signed by President Gerald Ford on December 2, 1975. It is called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This law was created to help make sure students with disabilities are getting the education they deserve.

What is special education?

Special education is specifically designed to serve students with disabilities. Most special education students learn and process information different than their peers. These programs help make sure each student absorbs the information they need.

A learning disability is a medical condition that affects how a student is able to learn. There are many different kinds of learning disabilities. The most common are:

  • Dyslexia, when reading it challenging because of the way the brain sees letters and numbers
  • ADHD, when it is difficult to focus without medication
  • Dyscalculia, when reading math equations is especially challenging
  • Dysgraphia, when writing is very difficult
  • Processing deficits, when students have a hard time understanding sensory data

Click HERE to read more about the most common learning disabilities. 

How to observe

The best way you can observe Special Education Day is to thank a Special Education teacher or staff member at your local school – make sure they know that they are helping to make a difference. 

We also encourage you to ensure you child completes regular well child checks with their primary care provider. These visits typically include screenings for developmental delays and disabilities. It is also a great opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about your child’s growth and development.  

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call our Auburn location at (530) 887-2800 or our Grass Valley location at (530) 477-8545 or visit us online at chapa-de.org.





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