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Council for Exceptional Children

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is an organization whose purpose is to obtain optimal educational opportunity for individuals with disabilities, which the field is increasingly calling exceptionalities (those identified as needing special education). The categories of exceptionality on which the CEC focuses include individuals with physical disabilities, sensory deficits (e.g., blindness), cognitive impairments (e.g., intellectual disabilities or brain injuries), behavioral disorders, learning disabilities, communication disorders, or developmental delays; abuse victims; and those who are gifted and talented. This organization’s focus is on individuals whose educational needs differ from the general school population and whose needs would not be fully met without special education and related services.

The primary or core purpose of the CEC is to improve the success of individuals with disabilities. The ...

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