Policy & Advocacy

CEC works to improve public policy affecting children and youth with disabilities and gifts and talents, their parents and the professionals who work with them, at all levels of government.  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 units for influencing policy.

CEC is the recognized leader in advocacy for special education policy.  CEC has a long history of success in impacting policy and legislation in the special education, gifted and talented and general education areas. CEC played a large part in developing the predecessor of today's IDEA, then known as the Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975 (PL 94-142). This law established the right to a free, appropriate public education for children with disabilities.

​National CEC - 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 current goal for Washington CEC is to rekindle interest and participation in our federation.  This will be accomplished through the recruitment of new members and the development of new ideas for future activities. 

Activities may include:
•2-3 hour evening workshops
•Saturday mini-conferences
•Sponsorship of film screenings (e.g., Who Cares About Kelsey, Paper Tigers, etc.)
•Sponsorship and/or support of partner organizations' activities
•The development of legislative action activities in support of student outcomes
•The development of additional state based divisions and/or chapters