Since 1922, the Council for Exceptional Children has been a national organization advocating for children who are gifted an/or talented, or who have disabilities. Based in the Washington, D.C. area since its inception, CEC is a strong advocate for parents, teachers and administrators of special education as well. Familiar with legislation at the national level, CEC makes frequent contact with decision-makers and elected representatives in the House and Senate, representing the interest of parents and professionals in the field. CEC has 17 divisions, including the Division for Learning Disabilities (DLD), the Council for Children with Behavior Disorders (CCBD), The Association for Gifted (TAG), the Teacher Education Division (TED), the Council for Administrators of Special Education (CASE), among others. For more information about CEC, check out their website at www.cec.sped.org
NH Chapter (formerly called “NH Federation”)
The New Hampshire Federation was active throughout the 80’s and early 90’s, then went into “inactive” mode for several years. Its primary activity was the annual conference in March, with winter conferences held as well; some “old-timers” may remember some good times at Waterville Valley. There were actually two chapters of the “old Federation” – Merrimack Valley and Seacoast. Some may recall that there was a North Country chapter as well, although that has not yet been verified by our research department. Student chapters once existed at our Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs), specifically Keene and Rivier.
As of the Fall of 2016, there are 250 active members in New Hampshire, with another 290 “lapsed” (inactive) members. The current revival of CEC in New Hampshire is sponsored by the NH Association of Special Education Administrators, which has 190 members across the State (some of whom also belong to CEC, with 46 CEC members also members of CASE – there is no requirement for a CASE member to be a member of NHASEA, nor is there any requirement for a member of NHASEA to be a member of CEC or CASE. However, you must be a member of CEC in order to join CASE, since CASE is one of the 17 divisions of CEC.
Goals for CEC-NH
Having been re-activated as of October 2004, CEC-NH will be a visible player in New Hampshire’s special education community. Members of CEC-NH will be on an active listserve, and will receive timely information about legislation at the State and national level. In addition, members will be alerted to conferences and workshops, some with discounts for CEC-NH members. Professional resources will also be listed on the CEC-NH website, and information about best practices, with links to resources and agencies, will be part of the service to members.
Currently, CEC-NH is developing their calendar for the 2017-18 year. We have decided to meet before the New Hampshire Association of Special Education Administrator meetings at their meeting location. Typically, these meetings are held at the Holiday Inn in Concord, at 10:30.