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Exceptional Children’s Week 2024

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Exceptional Children’s Week is an annual celebration of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. The week-long celebration is a national event started by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), an international professional organization dedicated to improving the success of children and youth with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.  

Dates: April 15 - April 19, 2024

Theme: Accessibility for All


  • Monday: Open Your Books to Access
  • Tuesday: Assistive Tech Tuesday
  • Wednesday: Wear Your Colors!
  • Thursday: Door Decorating
  • Friday: FriendGram Friday


Take a chance to pick out a book, story, or article that highlights inclusion and assistive technology. This is a great opportunity to showcase diverse people and perspectives to your students and to kick off Exceptional Children’s Week with a chance to learn and ask questions.

Assistive technology includes products, equipment, and systems that enhance learning, working, and daily living for people with disabilities. Use this day to teach your students about assistive technology and its impacts.

Wednesday is a chance for your students to express their support for those with disabilities by wearing the disability pride colors. Students can choose to wear:

  • Green - Sensory disabilities
  • Blue - Emotional and Behavioral disabilities
  • White - Invisible disabilities and Giftedness
  • Gold -  Neurodivergence
  • Red - Physical Disabilities

Get out that construction paper and tape; it’s time to decorate your door! Incorporate this year’s theme, “Accessibility for All,” in your design and get the word out to your school about Exceptional Children’s Week. Snap a picture of your door and use the hashtag #ECW2024. The Council for Exceptional Children will share it on our social media. 

Check out these great doors for some inspiration:

door decorations

Spread kindness and friendship around your school! There are several ways to participate:

  • Have your students write kind and friendly phrases on sticky notes and hang them on your door, on lockers, or around the school
  • Students can write encouraging messages about friendship and inclusion and display them in a central location, such as a bulletin board or a cafeteria.
  • Students write messages of friendship and kindness and give them to others. This can be contained within your classroom, across the school, or grades (ex. 5th graders writing notes to 1st graders, etc.).


These resources can help you and your school plan a great Exceptional Children’s Week:

If you have any questions, please contact the Council for Exceptional Children at or (703) 620-3660.

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