The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides professional development, advocates for individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.


CEC Leadership

Learn more about the CEC Board of Directors, Representative Assembly, and other CEC leadership groups that help govern CEC.
Christy and Teacher of Year 2013

CEC Awards Programs

CEC offers three annual award programs: Professional, Student, and the Yes I Can! Awards for children and youth with exceptionalities.

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