Special Education holds a place near and dear to my heart- I used to be one of those kids in your classes. I started in Early Intervention as a 3.5 y/o that couldn't even talk. I was diagnosed with Asperger's and NVLD; and was taught ASL in order to communicate. The speech pathologist got me talking again, in due time. The occupational therapist helped me overcome a myriad of overstimulation issues. And, you guys, you all made education accessible for me when I couldn't be in a general education class. And throughout my years in the programs, from state to state, you all have helped me improve exponentially from where I was. Of course, there are good teachers and bad ones, but I was blessed to meet some excellent teachers along the way. People like you have helped people like me in more ways than I could ever express. Without you all, I may never have been able to be independent- leave alone on target with my peers! And now, I'm a 19 year old going through a program to become a secondary math teacher, half tuition paid with a merit scholarship. I hope to be able to take some SPED classes so I can test for that certification as well. I know that those classes can seem like jail cells. I know that the burnout is atrocious and you all give every iota of energy in you to make that happen. But, from a former benefactor of the program, I wanted to say a heartfelt "Thank You!" Because you all deserve it!