Last Update 8-1-02



As a CEC/PACEC member, you are an advocate for the rights of children and
youth with exceptionalities.  If your membership has lapsed; please renew
your membership today and encourage colleagues to join as well.  National
CEC has made it easy to join on line at <> or use the membership
application on page 30 of this issue of ACTION.

In the Winter 2002 issue of the ACTION newsletter, five CEC divisions were
featured: the Council of Administrators in Special Education (CASE), the
Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (CCBD), the Division for
Research (CEC-DR), the CEC Pioneers (CEC-PD) and the Council for Educational
Diagnostic Services (CEDS).  In this issue, five more divisions will be

The Division for Communicative Disabilities and Deafness (DCDD) is dedicated
to improving the education of children with communicative disabilities or
who are deaf or hard of hearing.  DCDD¹s members include professionals
serving individuals with hearing, speech, and language disorders in the
areas of receptive and expressive, verbal and non-verbal, spoken, written,
and sign communication.  Members receive the Communication Disorders
Quarterly and DCDD New Times newsletter, each quarterly.

The Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT) focuses on the
career development of individuals with disabilities and/or who are gifted in
their transition from school to adult life.  DCDT¹s members include
professionals and others interested in career development and transition for
individuals with any exceptionality at any age.  Members receive Career
Development for Exceptional Individuals twice yearly, and the DCDT Network
newsletter three times each year.
The Division for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners
(DDEL) is dedicated to advancing and improving educational opportunities for
culturally and linguistically diverse learners with disabilities and/or who
are gifted, their families and the professionals who serve them.  DDEL¹s
members include teachers, administrators, parents, paraprofessionals,
teacher educators, policy makers, researchers, and related service
providers.  Members receive two issues of Multiple Voices for Ethnically
Diverse Exceptional Learners and three issues of the DDEL Newsletter each

The Division for Early Childhood (DCE) is an organization designed for
individuals who work with or on behalf of children with special needs, birth
through age eight, and their families.  DEC¹s members include early
childhood intervention professionals as well as parents of children who have
disabilities, are gifted or are at risk of future developmental problems.
Members receive the Journal of Early Intervention (Regular and Student
members only) and Young Exceptional Children magazine, each quarterly, as
well as discounts on other DEC publications and the DEC annual conference.

The Division of International Special Education and Services (DISES) focuses
on special education programs and services in other countries.  DISES
activities cut across categorical lines and cover all age groups, from
infants through adults.  DISES¹ members include teachers, students,
administrators, faculty members and others.  Members receive one issue of
the Journal of International Special Needs Education and three issues of
DISES Newsletter each year.

Now is the time to join or renew membership in CEC!


PACEC membership is over 2500 strong.

As always, we invite new members and hope that each current member will renew membership and can recruit just one new member a year. Membership is important to special education professionals in order to increase influence on Capitol Hill in matters of special education. If you are committed to creating positive change in the lives of those who have disabilities and/or are gifted, CEC/PACEC membership offers a wide range of personal and professional benefits you cannot afford to be without.

Consider gaining access to an active network of more than 50,000 members who are special education teachers, administrators, college faculty, educational consultants, students and parents. When you join CEC/PACEC, you are put in touch with colleagues experiencing the same tough professional issues. The organization can boost your skills with networking and career development such as PACEC¹s annual convention held in Harrisburg and CEC¹s Annual Convention scheduled for Seattle, Washington in April 2003.

As a CEC/PACEC member, you receive wonderful journals that are widely respected in the field such as Teaching Exceptional Children, a classroom oriented magazine that reports on the latest methods, materials, and programs. Exceptional Children is a research journal that provides members with an early look at the findings and trends that will change both thinking and practice in the years ahead. Each of the 17 CEC Divisions publish and send out journals and newsletters. Of course, you also receive the PACEC newsletter, ACTION.

Finally, as a CEC/PACEC member, you advocate for the rights of children and youth with exceptionalities, as well as the special needs of those who teach them. Please renew your membership today and encourage friends and colleagues to join the largest special education professional organization in the world.

What is CEC?

The Council for Exceptional Children:

bulletIs widely respected as the most active organization in the world serving all exceptional children who have disabilities and those who are gifted.
bulletIs a network of over 52,000 professional members from every state and province in North America, plus many other countries throughout the world, who are involved in all aspects of special education.
bulletHas served those who serve the educational needs of exceptional children for 75 years, since 1922.
bulletOffers its members important professional benefits.
bulletInvites you to become a member.

CEC Professional Member Benefits include:

bulletThree Publications - Teaching Exceptional Children, bimonthly; Exceptional Children, quarterly; and, CEC Today, ten issues annually.
bulletDiscounted Professionally Recognized Special Educator application fees.
bulletAutomatic Membership in local, state/provincial, and international CEC.
bulletSeventeen CEC Subdivisions centered on various interests and exceptionalities.
bulletProfessional Development Activities, including conventions, conferences, academies, and workshops. Members get early notice and special rates.
bulletEffective Representation at all levels of government.
bulletInformation Services through the ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education.
bulletDiscount of 30% on over 100 CEC Professional products and services - books, periodicals, multi-media kits, and more.
bulletAccess to latest research, practice, and products linking technology to special education.
bulletSavings on professional liability, major medical, and term-life insurance through group plans.
bulletOpportunity to receive a major credit card with no annual fee for the first year.
bulletInvestment opportunities - CDs and money market accounts.

Joining CEC is easy!

As you can see from the list above, membership in the Council for Exceptional Children offers many great benefits, including publications, activities, and representation to all levels of government. Also included for Professional and Student members is the opportunity to join any of CEC's 17 specialized divisions for even more journals, newsletters, and workshop opportunities.

There are three types of membership:

bulletProfessional - open to all practicing education professionals;
bulletStudent - open to students and pre-service professionals; and,
bulletAssociate - open to paraprofessionals, parents, and other interested stakeholders.

For more information about the benefits of CEC membership, or to join, click on the links above, or call the CEC Membership department today at 1-888-CEC-SPED. Together, we can enhance the quality of life for all children and youth with exceptionalities.

CEC Launches Constituent Services Center

Effective immediately, you can dial 1-888-232-7733 (888-CEC-SPED) for all contacts with CEC. No more dialing multiple numbers until you get the department you need. This is another example of CEC continuing to improve to meet your needs.

Transition from Student to Professional Member Eased

CEC Headquarters in Reston has eased the process for those members who no longer qualify for Student Membership by discounting the first "transitional" year to Professional Membership. We all realize this is a time of great excitement for our members, but we also realize that new teachers tend to spend a lot of their own money preparing for that first job. With new clothes, a car, and all those teaching supplies it's a wonder that anything is left. But CEC membership is important, too! As a Professional Member you will continue to receive CEC's member journals, an important resource since you no longer have a professor teaching you all the newest information. For more information on how you can take advantage of this offer, contact your chapter advisor or CEC Headquarters at 888-232-7733.

3 Easy Steps to Organizing a New CEC Chapter

While there are currently 16 Professional and 24 Student Chapters in the Pennsylvania Federation Council for Exceptional Children, there is always room for more. Chapters are started by members for any number of reasons. For example, the Greater Lehigh Chapter (905) served members from both the Lehigh Valley and the Pocono areas. Members in the northern tier of Chapter 905 decided to organize a new chapter to reduce the travel time to meetings, and hence attract more local members to CEC activities. Chapter 620 kicked off and is very active, getting an even greater response to many meetings than the organizers had anticipated. As this is written, several new student chapters are being organized as well. Student chapters are often better able to meet the needs of their members because of the built-in connections of the students at a college or university.

So, how can you organize a new chapter? Well, its easy. Here's all you do:

  1. Contact the PACEC President and Membership Chair to discuss your intentions. Then contact CEC at 888-232-7733 for an application. Fill in the application and send it to the PACEC President for the appropriate signatures.
  2. Gather the names of at least 15 chapter members. These can be both new members or transfers. (Remember to complete the green membership transfer forms for any member who is transferring from another chapter.)
  3. Send the completed chapter application form, any new member application forms and dues, and any members transfer forms to CEC.

That's all there is to it! After the applications have been processed, you will be contacted with your new chapter number as well as other important information. Good Luck!

PACEC Membership Chair

Dreamalee Brotz
Plymouth-Whitemarsh HS
201 E. Germantown Pike
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Voice: (610) 825-1500 Ext 2014
Email: [email protected]

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