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CEC Award Programs

At the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), we know special educators rarely receive the overwhelming appreciation they deserve.

From groundbreaking research to exemplary teaching practices, our award programs are a chance to celebrate the educators—and students—who are making a difference in special education.

Professional Awards

professional awards

Our Professional Awards recognize special educators who have advanced the field and the quality of special education service, as well as CEC members whose contributions have moved the Council forward in significant ways.

Yes I Can Awards

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The Yes I Can Awards recognize the accomplishments of children and youth with exceptionalities (ages 3-21) in six categories: Academics, Arts, School and Community Activities, Self-Advocacy, Technology, and Transition.

Student Awards

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Our Student Awards recognize CEC student members who have made outstanding contributions to the organization and to children with exceptionalities.

BIPOC Travel Awards

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CEC invites Black, Indigenous and People of color (BIPOC) who are CEC members to submit an application for our new BIPOC Travel Awards for the CEC 2022 Convention & Expo.

The CEC Impact Award

Building Resilience in Special Educators

The CEC Impact Award recognizes an individual or community/corporate organization that has had an impact on CEC’s strategic work.

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