An Open Letter to the Moms Who Came Before Us
Kim Screen
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This is an amazing letter. I recently retired after 39 years in elementary special education. I now do substituting, consulting, tutoring and am co-authoring two books because of exactly what Kim wrote in her eloquent letter. I want to get the word out to parents and educators. I am in classrooms all the time, and I see the changes over the years. Years ago, it might have been 1–2 students who had some type of special need, and those needs were very manageable within the classroom. Yes, there were children who had learning disabilities, but the numbers were much lower. Kim is right. Now, the classrooms are filled with students with significant social, emotional, academic, and medical needs. The significant increased number of children with allergies, asthma, autism, ADHD, diabetes, obesity, mental health issues, and learning difficulties is alarming. I look forward to following the efforts of this organization and Documenting Hope, and I will continue to work tirelessly to spread the word and reasons why the world is a different place for our children. For you see, I am a mom who came before you, and I see so clearly that Kim is right!

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