Diversity at CEC

The Council for Exceptional Children is dedicated to ensuring students with disabilities and/or gifts and talents from diverse cultures receive high quality educational services. To achieve this goal, CEC works both with policy educators and legislators at all levels to develop programs, policies, and initiatives that promote:

  • Educational practices that appropriately identify students from diverse cultures who receive special education and/or gifted services.
  • Assessment practices that accurately reflect cultural differences.
  • Education services that provide effective interventions for students from diverse cultures.
  • An increase in the number of diverse teachers, administrators, and university faculty from diverse cultures.
  • Professional development to improve the cultural competence of all educators.

CEC is equally committed to welcoming and encouraging the leadership and involvement of members from diverse groups in the association. CEC has designated positions on the CEC Board of Directors for members of diverse backgrounds, a diversity committee, caucuses, and a division that focuses on cultural and linguistic diversity. In addition, CEC actively recruits special educators of diverse backgrounds for membership and has several avenues in which they can become involved in the Council's activities.


How Does CEC Define Diversity?

CEC takes a broad and inclusive view of diversity. CEC believes diversity means understanding and valuing the characteristics and beliefs of those who demonstrate a wide range of characteristics. This includes ethnic and racial backgrounds, age, physical and cognitive abilities, family status, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religious and spiritual values, and geographic location.

While recognizing the different groups to which individuals may belong, CEC also understands that each group is composed of persons who exhibit a broad range in values and characteristics. We must refrain from making group stereotypes. Rather, in each of our roles, as educators and as association members and staff, each person must be treated with respect and valued as an individual.