The Council for Exceptional Children

http://www.cec.sped.org/

Year Published:  1982  
Pages:  333pp  
Dewey:  530.P134
Resource Type:  Organization
Cx Number:  CX2398

The Council for Exceptional Children is a national professional organization that works on behalf of all children with special educational needs - gifted children, children with specific learning disabilities, and children who have emotional, cognitive, motor, visual, auditory, or communication handicaps.

Abstract:  The Council for Exceptional Children is a national professional organization that works on behalf of all children with special educational needs - gifted children, children with specific learning disabilities, and children who have emotional, cognitive, motor, visual, auditory, or communication handicaps.

CEC members, now numbering 62 000 throughout the United States and Canada, include special education teachers and administrators, related services professionals such as school psychologists and social workers, graduate and undergraduate students, parents and others who are directly concerned with improving the quality of life for exceptional children, both gifted and handicapped.

Among its major activities, CEC:

-coordinates and supports a network of 985 local chapters, 55 state and provincial federations, 44 student organizations and 12 divisions representing specific areas of interest.
-provides information to teachers, administrators, parents, and others concerning the education of exceptional children
-maintains a collection of special education literature through its Department of Information Services and the ERIC Clearinghouse on Handicapped and Gifted Children
-prepares major publications in the form of books, monographs, fact sheets, films, film strips, and tape cassettes to assist educators in working more effectively with exceptional students
-provides to its members two major journal publications (one focusing on current issues, policy and research; the other on classroom teaching techniques and ideas) and a membership newsletter reporting Council and government-related activities.

The CEC is represented in Newfoundland and Labrador by the Avalon Chapter no. 779 which currently has 115 members and which was last year awarded the International Council's Award of Excellence for its membership drives and program activities. Membership is $40.00 a year. Many professionals in the broad field of special education recognize their CEC membership as a vehicle for up-dating and self-renewal.


C/o Dr. Michael Steer, Dept. of Education, Confederation Building, St. John's, Newfoundland A1C 5T7. North American head office: 1920 Association Drive, Reston, Virginia 22091

This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1982.