From July 12-15, some 165 special educators attended the 2015 CEC/CASE Special Education Legislative Summit in Alexandria, Va., to study the critical issues facing the field and build advocacy knowledge and skills, all in preparation for their most important mission: To advocate on behalf of the students back home in their districts and states with policy makers on Capitol Hill.
This year’s Summit was the first joint advocacy event between CEC and its special interest division, the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE), resulting in the broadest representation of special education, gifted education, and early intervention, and the biggest impact on Capitol Hill in CEC’s advocacy history. As in year’s past, CEC’s Children and Youth Action Network Coordinators, the individuals who lead CEC’s grassroots advocacy efforts for states and divisions, continued to be an integral part of the event.
The Summit’s special education, gifted education and early intervention star-studded agenda of presentations, updates and break-out sessions provided the training and preparation the advocates – teachers, administrators, researchers, higher education faculty, early interventionists, and teachers in training – needed to take CEC’s messages to Capitol Hill, the place where the policies that affect the children and youth we serve are made.
Hats off to our 2015 Special Education Legislative Summit attendees, who overcame the nervousness of meeting with their representatives to boldly, proudly and effectively share their stories with decision makers on behalf of CEC members across the country!
Thanks to our dedicated advocates, special education’s show of strength was felt within the halls of Congress and the success stories of the children and youth we serve provided excellent examples of how federal investments in special education, gifted education and early intervention pay off in successful individuals who are college- and career-ready.
Couldn’t make it? There’s always next year! Save the date: July 10-13, 2016, Alexandria, VA.
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Read some highlights of the action-packed, four-day Summit and view our photo gallery of the advocates in action.