In advocating on behalf of children with exceptionalities, 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. In addition, CEC maintains a network among its state units and special interest divisions for influencing policy.
As the recognized leader for special education professional standards, CEC develops standards, ethics and practices and guidelines to ensure that individuals with exceptionalities have access to well-prepared, career-oriented special educators.
Through the vision and dedication of more than 22,000 members, CEC sets the standard for high quality education for children and youth with exceptionalities. And, CEC is known as THE source for information, resources and professional development for special educators.
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You’ll find professional development offerings to meet the needs of all special educators – including those of you who are time-crunched, cost-conscious or in need of CEUs in order to meet state obligations. Please join us and invite others to engage the potential!
CEC publishes and distributes products designed to help practitioners work more effectively in the classroom. Learn more about CEC's publications and journals.
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Research has shown that effective transition services are directly linked to better post-secondary outcomes for students with disabilities. Research also tells us that to flourish in the workplace youth with disabilities must also be provided with the opportunity to develop leadership skills, to engage in self-determination and career exploration, and to participate in paid work-based experiences while in high school. The resources below are intended for special educators to use in their work helping students move toward adult lives as contributing and engaged members of their communities.
Discover how CEC's Life Centered Education (LCE) can help you better prepare your students for independent and rewarding lives after they finish school.
This month's featured book, 7 Steps For Success, helps teachers and parents prepare students with disabilities for college.
View CEC's webinar offerings that include a three-part series on effective transition for youth with EBD.
Find articles in CEC's premier journals, peer-reviewed research in Exceptional Children and research-to-practice in TEACHING Exceptional Children.
Other resources that may prove helpful to professionals working to help students transition to a secondary program or the workforce.