Devin O’Connell Invited to Speak at Connecticut Special Education Event

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SPECIAL EDUCATION DAY AT THE STATE CAPITAL– celebrates the achievements of special education students. Opening remarks by Senator Ted Kennedy Jr., also ACT Rookie of the Year racecar driver Devin O’Connell announces “Champion Challenge” competition, plus Unified arts and sports for all to enjoy!

MADISON, CT –March 2, 2017 — On May 2nd 10am to noon ,the Connecticut Special Education PTO (SEPTO) Alliance is hosting Special Education Day at the State Capital in Hartford, CT; a celebration of the achievements and contributions of Connecticut’s special education students. “Our students who have benefited from special education make a major contribution to our economy and to our richness as a society.” says featured speaker, Senator Ted Kennedy Jr. “This day is an opportunity to recognize the many achievements of exceptional Connecticut students and highlight the importance of special education programs in our schools.”

Students from around the State will speak about their success and their struggles. Guests in attendance will be treated to a sampling of the breadth of Unified activities taking place in schools across Connecticut including; Unified arts, sports and robotics.

“This year in particular,” says SEPTO Alliance President, Kevin Daly, “We want to highlight the contribution Special Education programs bring to all aspects of a school’s curriculum.”    Research shows time and again,” continues Daly, “inclusive schools that address the needs of all students result in significant improved performance for students with or without disabilities”.

Also speaking will be ACT Rookie of the Year racecar driver Devin O’Connell. O’Connell is a 2016 graduate of Daniel Hand High School in Madison, where he received special instruction as a student with autism. “I felt different in school and sometimes it was really hard,” says O’Connell “but I’ve learned to use autism as an advantage.” O’Connell wants to inspire other special education students and will announce his “Champions Challenge”, in which special education students are asked to send in personal stories of overcoming challenges. The winners will be invited to be a” pit crew member for the day” on O’Connell’s racing team.

Special Education Day at the State Capitol will be held on May 2nd, 10am to noon, in the Old Judiciary Room on the 3rd Floor of the Connecticut State Capitol, 210 Capitol Avenue, in Hartford . Please let us know you are coming with an email RSVP to event coordinator Lisa Nee Lisa@allennee.com

Special Education Day at the State Capital ,is sponsored by the Connecticut Special Education PTO Alliance, which is a statewide council of Special Education PTO groups in Connecticut communities. For more information about the Connecticut SEPTO Alliance, contact Kevin Daly at kevin@septoalliance.org