Special Education Quotes

It is an understatement to say that being a Special Education Teacher is a tough job.  Sometimes it takes a daily reminder to remember why we do what we do, here are some Special Education Quotes that have helped remind me on those more difficult days of why we are here. Most of these special education quotes are from unknown, anonymous authors.


“If you desire to make a difference in the world, you must be different from the world”.

“Fair isn’t everybody getting the same thing…Fair is everybody getting what they need in order to be successful”.

“Every student can learn, just now on the same day or in the same way”.




“No Child Left Behind requires states and school districts to ensure that all students are learning and are reaching their highest potential. Special Education students should not be left out of these accountability mechanisms”.




“There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book”.

“A child with special needs.. requires love, requires guidance, requires encouragement, requires positive influences, requires a life teacher… JUST LIKE ALL OTHER CHILDREN”.




“Our job is to teach the kids we have. Not the ones we used to have. Not the ones we would like to have. The ones we have right now…all of them”.

“Special Education is a service, not a place!”




“See the able, not the label”.

“The only disability in life is a bad attitude”.

“Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”.




“Don’t underestimate me. I know more than I say, I think more than I speak, and I notice more than you realize”.

“Don’t tell me the sky is the limit when I know there are footprints on the moon”.

“Only a special person can hear what a child cannot say”.



These special education quotes are a daily reminder of why we do what we do. It helps some of us remember why we started… despite all the difficulties that come with the job, we are here because of the kids.

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