Why Attend

The 2016 Special Education Legislative Summit is not just for insiders and VIPs — anyone interested in special & gifted education and early intervention policy and advocacy is encouraged to attend, including:

  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Teacher Educators
  • Early Interventionists
  • Researchers
  • Teacher Candidates

Attendee Outcomes

  • Become an advocate for children and youth with exceptionalities and the professionals who serve them
  • Contribute to increased Congressional support for special & gifted education and early intervention
  • Help bring new awareness about the vital role of special & gifted educators and early interventionists to policymakers
  • Build new relationships with lawmakers whose decisions affect outcomes for the children and youth you serve and the field
  • Learn about national advocacy principles and strategies and apply them at the federal, state, and local level
  • Enhance your networking opportunities and become part of CEC’s Children and Youth Action Network (CAN)


  • Individuals With Disabilties Act Reauthorization
  • Higher Education Act Reauthorization
  • Education Sciences Reform Act Reauthorization
  • Budget and Appropriations
  • Early Childhood
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Mental Health
  • Other

Professional Development Hours

You can earn Professional Development Hours for the CEC 2016 Special Education Legislative Summit.

“This is one of the most important initiatives that CEC offers to its members—to provide training for all special educators to confidently engage legislators in a dialogue regarding the importance of their efforts for children with exceptionalities and the professionals who work on their behalf.” — Robin D. Brewer, CEC Past President

I consider this annual event to be one of the most valuable opportunities to advance policies for children and youth with exceptionalities and professionals who work on their behalf. The training, issue briefs and results get better every year, and always lead to many future successes. This is a great opportunity to learn and to be a liaison with congressional representatives and Capitol Hill staff. CEC’s Special Education Legislative Summit is already on my calendar and is for me a definite annual commitment!” — Greg Lamore, Assistant Superintendent for Special Needs, Ottawa Area ISD, Michigan

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