Dec. 2, 2021 is National Special Education Day

Dec. 2, 2021 is National Special Education Day
Shawnee Mission School District

The Shawnee Mission School District is pleased to join schools across the country observing National Special Education Day! 

The first federal special education law was signed on December 2, 1972. This law, The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) made education available to all American children. This recognition day also commemorates progress made in the United States since 1972. 

The SMSD Special Education team serves students from ages 3 to 21. In 2021 the Kansas State Department of Education verified that the SMSD has attained the highest level of achievement in providing services to children and youth with disabilities as outlined in IDEA. 

“We believe in Shawnee Mission that individuals of all abilities and experiences can achieve personal success,” Sherry Dumolien, director of special education expressed “We are so grateful to all educators, students, families, and community members who work in support of continuous progress for every student in SMSD schools. I wish everyone a Happy Special Education Day!”