More than 232,500 students receive special education instruction in the state’s public and private schools, while 18,000 children are served through preschool and early intervention programs.

Those students, their educators, parents, schools, and the school board members that serve those schools, are honored each year with Special Education Week, which will take place May 11-16 this year.  N.J.S.A. 18A:36-5 designates the second week in May each year as “Special Education Week” in New Jersey, to commend school board members, educators and parents for their dedication to ensuring quality education for students with disabilities in this state,” and to recognize the hard work of the students themselves.

2020 Poster Available The New Jersey School Boards Association and ASAH, an organization representing private special education schools, have sponsored Special Education Week since 1985. The theme for Special Education Week 2020 is “Creating, Learning, Growing.

Each year, the supporters of Special Education Week produce a poster to build community awareness of our children’s achievements.  The poster is based on artwork submitted by a special education student. The 2020 poster was designed by Noah McAvoy from Hunterdon Prep School.

This year, NJSBA is making the 2020 Special Education Week poster available electronically, due to the school closures and social distancing recommendations. You can download the poster by clicking on the link here.