Professional Organizations

  • The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

  • Division TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic Children and related Communication handicapped Children). Their goal is to enable individuals with autism to function as meaningfully and as independently as possible in the community. Based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.