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Policy and Advocacy

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) advocates on behalf of children with exceptionalities 365 days a year.

In doing so, CEC examines policy issues, develops appropriate responses to those issues, and influences local, state, provincial, and federal legislation. CEC also monitors and makes recommendations for program regulations and funding.

Our Policy Agenda

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Our Policy Agenda

Policy Insider

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Learn about the special and gifted education issues Congress and the administration are considering by reading CEC's Policy Insider. Sign up today to receive weekly e-mail updates!

Take Action

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Use CEC’s Legislative Action Center to "Take Action" on a number of legislative issues critical to the advancement of policies and opportunities for children and youth with exceptionalities and the professionals who work on their behalf by filling out your information and sending a letter to your Members of Congress.

Child and Youth Action Network

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CEC’s Children and Youth Action Network (CAN) is an organized group of volunteers dedicated to helping advance policy affecting students with disabilities and gifts and talents. CAN seeks to effect the necessary governmental changes at the local, state, and federal levels and further vitalize CEC Units by providing meaningful vehicles for membership and CEC public visibility.

Special Education Legislative Summit

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The Special Education Legislative Summit (SELS) is an opportunity for educators from across the country to make a difference by advocating for change with Members of Congress. Held each July in Washington, D.C., this is your chance to learn about policy and make your voice heard on Capitol Hill.

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More Information

For more information on getting involved our policy and advocacy work, contact Kuna Tavalin, CEC’s Senior Policy and Advocacy Advisor.

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Public Statement Endorsement Process for Divisions and Units

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) values and seeks diverse and inclusive participation within the field of special education and acknowledges the expertise of each CEC special interest division. In demonstrating that expertise, divisions may occasionally issue public statements on policy or potential policy issues and must follow the CEC Public Statement Endorsement Process.

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