Yes I Can Awards

For 38 years, CEC has recognized children and youth with exceptionalities who have demonstrated their determination and achievements in multiple ways. The Yes I Can Program has continued to grow and change since its inception in 1982, with more than 40,000 children and young adults recognized at the national, state, and/or provincial level.

Meet the 2020 Recipients

Baharnaz_Alimohammad

Baharnaz Allimohammadi
Arts Category
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Caroline_Arnette

Caroline Arnette
Self-Advocacy Category
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Harrison_Burgess

Harrison Burgess
Transition Category
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Nelani_Colletti

Nelani Colletti
Academics Category
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Trey_DelGrosso

Trey DelGrosso
Self-Advocacy Category
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EmmaDillon

Emma Dillon
Community & School Activities Category
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Jeremiah_Morris

Jeremiah Morris
Technology Category
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Mitchell_Pritsker

Mitchell Pritsker
Transition Category
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DeAnte_Vaughn

DeAnte Vaughn
Arts Category
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Stormy_Stevenson

Stormy Stevenson
Technology Category
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Jonathan_Fratz

Jonathan Fratz
Community & School Activities Category
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Hunter_Tobias

Hunter Tobias
Academics Category
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Award Benefits

Each Yes I Can Award recipient will:

  • Attend a special awards ceremony and celebration at the CEC 2021 Convention & Expo in Baltimore, MD.
  • Receive two nights of hotel accommodations.
  • Receive a Yes I Can certificate and gift of recognition.
  • Be featured on CEC’s convention website.
  • Be asked to share his/her story to help promote the Yes I Can Awards program and to generally advocate for children and youth with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. 

If you have any questions about the Yes I Can Awards program, please contact Alex Garvey at alexandrag@cec.sped.org.