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Opportunity and High Expectations | Tammy Day | TEDxVanderbiltUniversity

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Published on Dec 22, 2015

Opportunity and High Expectations: Inclusive postsecondary education for students with intellectual disabilities

College usually provides young adults with pivotal experiences and opportunities that profoundly impact the building of their personal belief systems and ultimately the direction of their lives. All of these experiences are done alongside and with peers. Students share experiences with friends as they continue to find their own identities. Parents hope they will leave campus with a career in hand, but in the grand scheme of things, the students leave with much more.

Annie Sullivan was the miracle worker that opened the door for Helen Keller. She was able to help Helen learn how to communicate her desires and brilliance for the world. With Anne Sullivan as her role model, Tammy Day decided to become a special education educator in the hopes of opening “doors” for her students. After almost two decades as a classroom teacher that was always championing inclusive opportunities for her students, she was asked to join the school district’s central office team to lend her passion and dedication to students with other educators.

Her passion to enroll as many students as possible and to grow more inclusive education opportunities has led her to be a regular presenter for state, regional, and national conferences. She has been on the Advisory Board of the national State of the Art Conferences hosted by George Mason University for the past four years.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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