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Tom Mihail, Ph.D.
Diversity and Special Education
Tom Mihail is a professor at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, Indiana.  His 45-year career includes 10 years as a teacher,
seven years as the Executive Director and Family Counselor of an early childhood special education program in Saint Louis, and 28
years as a professor.  Retired as the Chair of Graduate Special Education, a  position he held for 24 years, Tom now teaches courses
for the Department of Teacher Preparation and serves as a student teaching supervisor.

He received the Hammond Mayor's Commission on Disabilities Award (1999); the Purdue University Calumet Outstanding Teacher
Award
(1997); and the 1993 Illinois Department of Human Services Inservice Leadership Award for Team Development and Peer
Training
.

Tom earned his doctorate in Special Education from Saint Louis University, master's in Special Education from Indiana University at
South Bend, and bachelor's in Education from Indiana University in Bloomington.

An advocate for people with special needs, their families, and service providers, he has made over 300 local, state, national, and
international presentations; produced over 80 educational videos; authored over 20 publications; and is a consultant to schools,
agencies, and parent organizations in three states.  Tom designed and maintains
10 human services resource Internet sites and
websites devoted to
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Nelson Mandela; The Holocaust; Myths and Facts About Supported Inclusive
Education; Purdue University Calumet's College of Education Diversity Committee; and the Hammond Inclusive Teaching Project.

Committed to family involvement, early intervention, supported inclusive education, proactive planning for transition to adulthood,
diversity, multicultural education, and the civil rights of all people, he firmly believes that
"our lives begin to end on the day we
become silent about things that matter" (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.).

Tom and his wife Elizabeth have a daughter and three sons, ranging in age from 10 to 30, and four grandchildren.
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Myths develop because they sound intuitively correct and support stereotypical thinking.
The facts are clearly supported by educational research evidence.
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THE PROMISE
What is the "promise" that special education was to keep?  It was to demonstrate to all people, and especially those of us most
Burton Blatt (1981)
Introduction to Special Education
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intimately involved, that each person can contribute to the larger society, that all people are equally valuable, that a human being
is entitled to developmental opportunities and that development is plastic.
We have been faithful; we have supported humanistic precepts and philosophies, and we have believed that there is "enrichment
through difference."
Thus, the promise of special education has always been, and remains today, not a special curriculum, or special methods, or even
special teachers.  The gifts that this movement was to endow us with were the gifts of optimism and belief in the human ethos,
charity and love for our brothers, and the conviction that our work is not to judge who can or cannot change, but rather to fulfill the
prophecy that all people can change; each person can learn.
For the promise to be kept, for these things to occur beyond wish or fantasy, one must begin with oneself.  Before I ask the world
to change, I must change.
I am the beginning step.
ADDRESSING THE UNITED NATIONS ON HER 16TH BIRTHDAY
INTERNATIONAL MALALA DAY | JULY 12, 2013
"One child, one teacher, one book,
and one pen can change the world."
Malala Yousafzai
2013
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