125th Anniversary: Honoring Special Education


Did you know that special education began at Teachers College with Elizabeth Farrell, lecturer in psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, from 1915 until her death in 1935? As Director of Ungraded Classes in the New York City school system, Farrell was the first to teach a class of special education (see the related NYT article, School Ask Help with Defectives, January 27, 1913). She spearheaded the founding of the international Council for Exceptional Children and went on to attain an international reputation for her achievements in the field of special education, contributing data and techniques to the formulation of new and ever-improved methods of teaching public school children identified as having special learning needs. In the spirit of our 125th Anniversary and concomitant with UN Enable which highlights in December the work of the UN for Persons with Disabilities, including the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, we honor the contributions in policy, research and practice of our members to the field of special education -- among them, Leonard Blackman (mental retardation), Hsu-Min Chiang (autism), Frances Connor (physical disabilities), Jeannette Fleischner (learning disabilities), Ignacy Goldberg (mental retardation), Douglas Greer (behavior analysis), Linda Hickson (mental retardation, autism), Leta Hollingworth (gifted), Robert Kretschmer (deaf and hard of hearing), Ann Mulholland (deaf), Harry Passow (gifted), Christine Pawleski (child abuse, advocacy), Jo Shepherd (learning disabilities), and Abraham Tannenbaum (gifted, disadvantaged). Highlighting the historical context and future of the field, events and related activities include:

Last Updated: 6:45 am, Tuesday, Nov 5 , 2013