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New book looks back at the history of special education in Kamloops

A launch event for 'The Journey from Institution to Inclusion' will be held on April 5
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A new book, set to launch on April 5, looks at the history of special education in Kamloops.

A new book focusing on the history of special education in the Kamloops region is set to launch on April 5.

The Journey from Institution to Inclusion covers the history of special education in the Kamloops-Thompson region from 1800 to 2021. It was written by Kim Calder Stegemann and Marney Bethell, with the history of special education committee, including Marilyn McLean, Sheila Park, Mary Ellen Patterson, Lena Stengel and Nan Stevens.

Author Calder Stegemann said the book preserves a very special part of history, following the journey of how children with differing abilities were taught, first by family then by institutions, and then by family and community.

The book also showcases the unique program options Kamloops-Thompson school district has maintained.

A launch event will be held at the Smorgasbord Deli, 225 7 Ave. in downtown Kamloops on Tuesday, April 5, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.