CEC's Mission Statement

The Council for Exceptional Children is a professional association of educators dedicated to advancing the success of children with exceptionalities. We accomplish our mission through advocacy, standards, and professional development.

Our Core Values

Visionary Thinking: 

Demonstrated by forward-thinking and courageous decision making dedicated to excellence and influence in an evolving environment

Integrity:

Demonstrated by ethical, responsive behavior, transparency, and accountability

Inclusiveness:

Demonstrated by a commitment to diversity, caring, and respect for the dignity and worth of all individuals

Ratified December 8, 2014, by the Council for Exceptional Children Board of Directors.


CEC's Non-Discrimination Policy:

As a professional association of educators dedicated to advancing the success of children with exceptionalities, CEC is committed to our core values of visionary thinking, inclusiveness, and integrity. CEC values and seeks diverse and inclusive participation within the field of special education. 

CEC does not and shall not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, culture, language, age, (dis)abilities, family status/composition, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religious and spiritual values, geographic location, country of origin, or military/veteran status, nor shall it tolerate harassment based on any of the foregoing in any of our activities or operations. 

These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and terminating staff, selection of volunteers, vendors, contractors and clients, and provision of services. CEC is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment to all the aforementioned groups.

CEC encourages and promotes involvement and access to its annual convention and expo and other professional development opportunities consistent with our non-discrimination policy. Exhibitors (defined as company contracting space on CEC’s expo floor) and Sponsors (defined as an individual or organization that pays some or all the costs for an item or event in return for advertising) must adhere to CEC’s core values and non-discrimination policy.

Revised April 14, 2019 by the Council for Exceptional Children Board of Directors.