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About CEC-Ohio

State Mission

CEC-Ohio is committed to an effective and comprehensive educational service delivery system based on best practice and research. All persons have common rights and therefore CEC-Ohio promotes a positive quality of life and education for all persons.

Additional core values:

CEC/Ohio seeks to:

  •  Promote, create, and maintain opportunities for student and professional growth.
  • Value, and respect diversity.
  • Educate individuals with exceptionalities in their least restrictive environment  and their neighborhood schools.
  • Integrate through inclusionary activities, all individuals in all areas of their education and community life.
  • Facilitate  a positive quality of life so that all  individuals can be successful adults.
  • Support Ohio educators and service providers to offer comprehensive education through ongoing and open communication.  
  • Promotes interdisciplinary collaboration through strong and organized comprehensive service.
  • Support educational service delivery systems and programming based on research and best practice.
  • Encourage parents and families to serve as vital partners in education.
  • Enhance professional growth of practitioners in the field of special education through membership and involvement with professional organizations and networking.
  • Encourage learning as a lifelong process
  • Encourage members to be involved in the state legislative process to promote best practices. 
  • Promote recruitment into the field of special education through the sponsorship of university and high school chapters.
  • Serve as advocates for individuals with exceptionalities including the promotion of self advocacy.


Board Mission

The purpose of the CEC-Ohio board of directors is to represent and serve CEC members,  educators, and families, to advance the success of children with exceptionalities through advocacy, standards, and professional development.

In addition, the board seeks to:

  • Provide services to chapters, subdivisions, and members through conferences and conventions, publications, and opportunities which support personal and professional growth.
  • Advocate for and promote a positive awareness of individuals with exceptionalities.
  • Promote collaboration among parents, professionals and others who work with individuals with exceptionalities.
  • Recruit and retain professionals and others to work with children, youth, and adults with exceptionalities.
  • Recruit members (professionals, paraprofessionals, parents, college students, high school students, and others, including members of ethnic and minority groups) through active membership campaigns and personal contact.
  • Disseminate information, research, and resources for special educators, families, and higher ed faculty.
Last Updated:  13 October, 2021

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