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Who is the considered as the "father" of special education?

Who is the considered as the "father" of special education?

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Asked by Frecam_, Last updated: Oct 26, 2020

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K. Myers

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Answered Feb 20, 2019

Special education, also called special needs education, is the education of children who differ socially, mentally, or physically from the average child to such an extent that they require modifications of usual school practices.

Special education serves emotional, behavioral, or cognitive impairments or with intellectual hearing, vision, speech, or learning disability and gifts. Jean-Marc Gaspard Itard, a French physician, is considered to be the father of special education.

Even though special education laws were not passed until 1975, with the introduction of Education of the Handicapped Act, Itard was attempting to educate children with mental disabilities in a systematic fashion as early as the late 1700s and early 1800s.

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Answered Nov 14, 2017

Jean Marc Gaspard Itard
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