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The National Legislative Conference is not just for insiders and VIPs -- anyone interested in special/gifted education policy is encouraged to attend.  You'll gain the knowledge, experience and confidence you need to communicate effectively with members of Congress.

Who Should Attend:

  •  Teachers.
  •  Higher Education Faculty.
  •  Researchers.
  •  Administrators.
  •  Students. 

Attendee Outcomes:

  • Become an advocate for students with exceptionalities and the professionals who serve them.
  • Contribute to increased Congressional support for special/gifted education.
  • Help bring new awareness about the vital role of special/gifted educators to policymakers.
  • Build new relationships with lawmakers whose decisions affect outcomes for your students and the field of special/gifted education.
  • Enhance your networking opportunities.

Professional Development Hours

Earn Professional Development Hours for CEC’s National Legislative Conference.

Learn more about CEC Professional Development Hours here.


“This is one of the most important initiatives that CEC offers to its members—to provide training for all special educators to confidently engage legislators in a dialogue regarding the importance of their efforts for children with exceptionalities and the professionals who work on their behalf.” --  Robin D. Brewer, CEC President 



"I consider this annual event to be one of the most valuable opportunities to advance policies for children and youth with exceptionalities and professionals who work on their behalf. The training, information packets, logistics and results get better every year, and always lead to many future successes. The Policy Staff at CEC provide great opportunities to learn and to liaison with congressional representatives and capitol hill staff. CEC’s National Legislative Conference is already on my calendar and is for me a definite annual commitment!” -- Greg
Lamore, Assistant Superintendent for Special Needs, Ottawa Area ISD, Michigan