College and the Kid with Special Needs

McCall is my 3rd kid.  She is beautiful, intelligent and feisty.  Emphasis on the feisty.  I have no idea where she got that quality from.  (ahem)  McCall switched from majoring in nursing to majoring in special ed.  I won’t lie, Reed and I have tried to get her to change her mind.  Teaching in this state is like making your way through an active mine field.  Teaching in special education in this state is even worse. How about a sweet career as a Speech Therapist, we practically beg.   My McCall, like all of my other kids, has a mind of her own and quickly blew both her Mama and her Dad right off.  Her calling is set.  She’ll teach those she holds dearest to her heart, kids with special needs.

McCall is attending BYU and was asked to serve on the BYU student council.  She’s the very first special education representative from the McCay School of Education  to ever receive this honor.  I was thinking that this might be a great way for my daughter to meet some guys, but yet again I was blown off.

This girl takes her education and her advocacy for those with special needs very seriously.

Each member of the BYU student council has been asked to present and implement a project that reflects their field of study.  McCall presented the idea of providing a course of continuing education for those, like her little brother, with intellectual disabilities.

She was politely shut down by Someone of Importance as she presented her idea.

The response was given that there were a lot of really smart kids who are  turned down entrance into BYU, how were they supposed to make room for the intellectually disabled?

Er.  Dude.  You totally missed the point.

McCall pointed out that the local state university accepts those with intellectual delays and provides opportunities for those with special needs interested in furthering their education.  Sure, maybe that furthering is done in art classes verses advance Trig and Functions classes. So?  I don’t know about you, but one high school Trig class was enough to last me a lifetime.

Mr. Person of Importance  replied that the local state university accepted everyone.  I give this guy credit for using the word everyone instead of anyone.  He was pretty smooth, alright.  Makes me wonder if he’s had this conversation before.

BYU’s motto is “The Glory of God is Intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth.”  (D&C 93:36)   I refuse to believe that God only recognizes  one form of intelligence.  If there is one thing I know, the light and truth that resides within those like my son shines brightly if we only take the time to really look.

What plans do you have for your child with special needs after they leave the public school system?


  1. Janet Callahan
    Oct 8, 13
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