Hi All, I am looking to switch careers- ok, having been a stay-at-home mom for 6 years, i'm looking for a career (i have a background in theater design but would rather chew my own foot off than do that again). a friend of mine who has a son (toddler) with Down's Syndrome was telling me how difficult it is to find a center to watch him because of Down's. Which got me thinking. I had been considering some sort of a career with Special Needs consideration, based upon past encounters I have had with people with disabilites,etc. i began considering a day care center that focused on children with Special Needs, and incorporate Special Education (sort of like a KinderCare kind of place). My questions are- what sort of credentials/training did you need to teach Special Ed? what sort of difficulties did you encounter when you began teaching? is this type of center something that would actually be a good idea? i mean, are there too many concerns (legal, health, DCFS) that would make it more of a hassle than a benefit to people in the area? I have been pushing this around for a few months now but am clueless on how to begin so I would appreciate any feedback you have regarding this. Thanx!