Being the parent of a special needs little one - be it from a learning disability, physical challenge, behavioral condition or other disorder - can be a challenge in and of itself. You must often find new and creative ways to perform routine tasks like going to the store or getting ready for school in order to accommodate your child's needs. Where school is concerned, you oftentimes must work with special education staff to develop an Individualized Education Program (IEP) to best help your child learn given his or her specific roadblocks.
In the Oakland School District almost half of the teacher vacancies in February were for special education teachers. While there may not be the same number of vacancies in Santa Cruz, it does raise an important issue.