Why Attend

Why should you attend?

The 2017 Special Education Legislative Summit is not just for insiders and VIPs — anyone interested in special and gifted education and early intervention policy and advocacy is encouraged to attend, including: teachers, administrators, teacher educators, early interventionists, researchers, and 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 involved with CEC’s Children and Youth Action Network (CAN).


  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • Budget and Appropriations for Special and Gifted Education, Early Intervention and Research
  • Medicaid for Schools and Early Intervention Programs
  • Support Public Education
  • And more!

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