CEC will present the 2017 Professional Awards at its CEC 2017 Convention & Expo in Boston on April 19. These recipients represent the highest standards in special education and are to be commended for their devotion to the field and their outstanding contributions to the education of children with exceptionalities.

CEC J.E. Wallace Wallin Special Education Lifetime Achievement Award

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Dr. David H. Rose

Founder and Chief Education Officer, CAST
Wakefield, Mass. 

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The CEC J. E. Wallace Wallin Special Education Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has made continued and sustained contributions to the education of children and youth with exceptionalities.

Clarissa Hug Teacher of the Year Award

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Polly Parrish
Special Education Teacher
WINGS Day Treatment Program
Fairhope, Ala.

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The Clarissa Hug Teacher of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding teacher of children with disabilities or gifts and talents. The award honors a CEC member whose work reflects significant educational success for students, continued professional development, and the highest standards of educational quality.

Outstanding CEC Leadership Award

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Dr. Douglas Cheney

Professor Emeritus of Special Education
College of Education, University of Washington
Seattle, Wash.

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The Outstanding CEC Leadership Award honors a CEC member who has made significant contributions to the Council’s programs and activities at the local, state/provincial, and national/international level over an extended period of time.

CEC Special Education Research Award 

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Dr. Perry A. Zirkel

University Professor Emeritus of Education and Law
Lehigh University
Bethlehem, Pa.

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The CEC Special Education Research Award recognizes an individual or research team whose research has made significant contributions to the education of exceptional children and youth.

CEC Business Award

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Entry Point!
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Washington, D.C. 

CEC is proud to honor the American Association for the Advancement of Science for its efforts, through the Entry Point! program, to support individuals with disabilities who are seeking a career in science, engineering, mathematics, or computer science (STEM) related fields.

Learn more about Entry Point!

The CEC Business Award recognizes a business or corporation that has provided for the employment and enhancement of individuals with exceptionalities in order to promote and support their full participation in the community.