Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: February 22, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412957403 | Print ISBN: 9781412956642 | Online ISBN: 9781412957403| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Council for Exceptional Children
Cheryl A. Wissick
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest organization for professionals devoted to improving the lives and education of persons with exceptionalities. CEC focuses on advocating for educational policies, setting professional standards, and providing professional development and dissemination of quality research. From the inception of the organization in 1922, the members have worked to reform education for students with disabilities, giftedness, or talents. Throughout the years, the overriding theme has been to enhance the quality of life for individuals with special needs and their families. The International Council for the Education of Exceptional Children, which was later named CEC, has its roots in the advocacy for the education of students with special needs. In 1922, a group of students at Teachers College of Columbia University encouraged their instructor Elizabeth E. Farrell to meet with administrators, students, and other faculty members to begin a discussion about students with special needs ...