The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is a leading association for special educators. CEC is dedicated to improving the educational success of students with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. The association advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides professional development, advocates for underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.
NOTICE: Important information about privacy and safe surfing from the Federal Trade Commission.
IMPORTANT: CEC will protect all information that you transmit to CEC consistent with applicable law.
In gathering information through our Web site, CEC does NOT provide or sell e-mail addresses to outside agencies or third parties.
CEC exercises great care in providing secure transmission of your information. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100 percent secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, CEC cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us. However, once we receive your transmission, CEC makes every effort to ensure its security.
What Information Do We Collect About You?
You can visit our Web site (https://exceptionalchildren.org), read articles and other materials, and check on offerings without giving us any Personally Identifiable Information. So that we can provide our users and members with the most efficient and enhanced, personalized service, we request information about you in certain circumstances and also automatically collect certain information for statistical purposes.
“Personally Identifiable Information” refers to any information that identifies or can be used to identify, contact, or locate the person to whom such information pertains. This includes information that is used in a way that is personally identifiable, including linking it with identifiable information from other sources or from which other Personally Identifiable Information can be easily derived, including, but not limited to, name, address, phone number, fax number, e-mail address, and credit card information. To the extent unique information (which by itself is not Personally Identifiable Information) such as personal profile, unique identifier, biometric information, and IP address is associated with Personally Identifiable Information, then such unique information will also be considered Personally Identifiable Information. Personally Identifiable Information does not include information that is collected anonymously (i.e. without identification of the individual user) or demographic information not connected to an identified individual.
“Third Party Personally Identifiable Information” includes Personally Identifiable Information that is collected by CEC through the site from a person other than the person to whom it pertains or whom it identifies.
We collect Personally Identifiable Information when we request certain information to fill out a registration form at our Web site or join or renew CEC membership online. We may also request demographic information, such as age, gender, title, or interests. Often this additional information is optional or requested anonymously in connection with a survey. Registration may also be required to participate in message boards, bulletin boards, or chat rooms at our Web site. We use this Personally Identifiable Information for three general purposes: to customize the content you see and responses that are requested by you from us in e-mails or notifications, to fulfill your requests for certain products and services, and to contact you about our products and services.
For example, you have the opportunity to take advantage of our convenient online registration to join or renew CEC membership, register for our annual Convention & Expo, register online for one of our Webinars for professional development, or participate in one of our online communities.
Our Security Procedures
CEC considers the protection of all Personally Identifiable Information it receives from Web site visitors and subscribers as critical to its mission. The Council has security measures in place to guard against the loss, misuse, and alteration of any Personally Identifiable Information received. As with any transmission over the Internet, however, there is always some element of risk involved in sending Personally Identifiable Information. To minimize this risk, CEC uses the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol to encrypt all information submitted when ordering our products or services. To allow CEC to protect your Personally Identifiable Information in the most secure manner, you should add the CEC SSL to your list of trusted Secure Certificates.
Sharing and Disclosure of Information
CEC may, from time to time, share information in the aggregate form with others. This information would not contain any Personally Identifiable Information. It would typically be of a demographic nature. Some examples are as follows: (1) How many members reside in any given zip code; or (2) How many members reside within any particular area code.
Information Users Volunteer
When you send us e-mail, you may deliberately or inadvertently send us personal information, such as your name, address, and/or e-mail address. We may store your name and address in order to respond to your request or otherwise resolve the issue mentioned in your e-mail.
Information Collected Automatically
An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you access the Internet. When visitors request pages from our site, the visitor's IP address does not link to any Personally Identifiable Information. Although the visitor's session is logged, the visitor remains anonymous. CEC can and will use IP addresses to identify the visitor when it is felt necessary to enforce compliance with site Terms of Service or to protect the site and other visitors. At no time is an individual IP address associated with site usage.
Special Note to Parents
Pursuant to the Federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), we are not permitted, and therefore do not, collect Personally Identifiable Information from children we actually know to be under the age of 13 without the consent of that child’s parent or legal guardian. In fact, we require that all persons who register be at least 21 years of age and all persons who review the site be at least 18 years of age or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
We encourage parents and guardians to spend time online with their children, to participate in the interactive activities offered online, and for children to consult with their parents before submitting any information to this or any other Web site.
Please keep in mind that the Internet environment is never failsafe. CEC will strive to maintain personal information with modern security methods. But, computer systems do fail from time to time, and devious individuals are always becoming more sophisticated. We will strive always to do the best we can, but nothing in this world is absolutely foolproof.
To ensure the highest level of security available today, CEC suggests that you select the highest-bit encryption level. When you submit information to us (or to any other Web site) over the Internet, the information may travel over many systems and networks that are not under the control of CEC. The Internet is not completely secure and others may intercept the information that you are sending. Further, anything you voluntarily provide in any public area of the Internet, including on CEC’s Web site, will be publicly available to others on that Web site and potentially to other third parties, and you should always use caution when deciding to publicly disclose any of your personal information.
The Internet is a public medium, and electronic mail communication between user and CEC via this site is subject to the risk of being viewed by other parties. Any transmission of confidential or proprietary information to CEC via electronic mail is at your own risk.
We provide the opportunity to opt in and opt out of direct e-mail communications from us and from other CEC members at your convenience. Simply follow the link to unsubscribe or opt-out located at the bottom of all CEC direct e-mail.
Responding to Messages
Please remember that whenever you respond to messages, you are giving that sender the opportunity to obtain your name and e-mail address. Correspondingly, when you reply to someone else’s e-mail, they also have the opportunity to obtain your name and e-mail address.
This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by CEC. This Web site may contain hyperlinks to Web sites operated by third parties other than CEC. CEC does not control such third party Web sites ("Third Party Sites") and is not responsible for their content or the products and services offered on the Third Party Sites. CEC's inclusion of the hyperlinks to such Third Party Sites does not imply any endorsement of the material on such Third Party Sites, or any association with their operators. Please be aware that even if these Third Party Sites are listed as affiliated or as those with whom we have a “partner” relationship, CEC has no control over these linked Web sites. These Third Party Sites each have their separate privacy and data collection policies independent of CEC. Information collected by these Third Party Sites including those affiliated and “partner” Web sites, is not received, stored or used in any way by CEC. As such, CEC is not responsible or liable for the privacy practices or actions of any such other sites. These links are only provided for your convenience and you therefore access them at your own risk. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every site that collects Personally Identifiable Information. CEC reserves the right to prohibit Third Party Sites from linking to this Web site.
Links will be provided to external servers that are managed in a professional manner (i.e., they are fully operational, are available most of the time, does not serve inaccurate information or obscene graphics, etc.).
This server will not link to external servers if such a link would appear to provide an official endorsement of fundraising efforts or lobbying for a political agenda.
At certain places in this site, links to other Web sites can be accessed. These sites contain information created, published, and maintained by organizations independent of CEC. Unless specified, CEC does not endorse, approve, certify, or control these external sites, nor any commercial product or service referenced therein, and does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, efficacy, or timeliness of information located therein.
The laws in effect in the State of Virginia shall govern this agreement and any dispute or claim based on your use of the site or information. You agree that any action or proceeding relating to this agreement or your access to the site shall only be brought in the courts of the State of Virginia.
Visitors and Subscribers Outside the Unites States
Our Web sites and the servers that make these sites available worldwide are located in the United States. The laws of the State of Virginia in the United States govern all matters relating to these sites. Any information you provide in subscribing to one of our publications or registering or ordering at one of our Web sites will be transferred to the United States. By visiting our sites and submitting information, you authorize this transfer, processing, and use.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, CEC reserves the right to modify the site at any time and users are deemed to be apprised of and bound by any such modifications. If any provision of this policy shall be held to be invalid, illegal, or unenforceable for any reason, the validity, legality, and enforceability of the remaining provisions shall not in any way be affected or impaired thereby.
Information Statement Required Pursuant to Section 1798.83 of the California Civil Code
California law requires that businesses provide to requesting customers who are California residents, no more than once per calendar year, the following information:
The names and addresses of all of the third parties that received personal information from the business for the third parties' direct marketing purposes during the preceding calendar year.
The type of personal information disclosed by the business to third parties for the third parties' direct marketing purposes (with certain exceptions).
You may request this information from us by sending a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or you can reach us by posted mail at:
Council for Exceptional Children Attn: California Privacy Statement 3100 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 600 Arlington, VA 22201-5332
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