Opening General Session

The Opening General Session is the official kick-off to the CEC 2014 Convention & Expo! Join us for a special presentation from our keynote speaker, author Andrew Solomon, along with remarks to the membership from CEC President Robin D. Brewer, the CEC Professional Awards ceremony and more!


Immediately following the Opening General Session, all attendees are invited to head directly to the Expo Hall for the President’s Welcome Reception, where there will be complimentary refreshments and hundreds of exhibit booths to visit from 6-8:30 p.m. Don't miss it! 

Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center

When: Wednesday, April 9, 5 p.m.

About Keynote Speaker Andrew Solomon

Andrew SolomonWe are delighted to announce Andrew Solomon as the CEC 2014 Keynote Speaker. A writer of remarkable talent and intellect, his newest book, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity, tells the stories of parents who not only learn to cope with children with physical, mental and social disabilities, but also find profound meaning in doing so.

The experience of difference within families is universal, as are the struggles toward compassion and the triumphs of love Solomon documents in every chapter. Solomon’s last book, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, won the 2001 National Book Award for Nonfiction, was a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize and won 14 other national awards.

Please join us on Wednesday, April 9 from 5-6:30 p.m. for the Opening General Session and Andrew Solomon’s keynote address.