Monday, 11 May 2009

Break out of the CE goldfish bowl

Chance for CE in US and Canada to make a show of it next year in Nashville

The previous item in Conductive World castigated Brits CE centres for not putting themselves about more, urging that English CE organisations should manage at least a presence at a forthcoming special educational needs conference in Birmingham at the end of June. No sooner had this been written when up popped a last-minute opportunity for the American and Canadian centers and programs to do much the same at a far less humble and far more important event, in Nashville next May.

Council for Exceptional Children
Annual Convention and Expo
Gaylord Opryland Hotel
Nashville, TN
24-25 April 2010

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS
27 MAY 2009

The Council for Exceptional Children, with more that forty-thousand members, describes itself as follows:

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides professional development, advocates for individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

A quick glance at the CEC’s eligibility criteria suggests that conductors fit the bill. Surely there are already some in there. Surely there could be a lot more.

The CEC’s activities resonate well with some of the requirements of the nascent North American CE movement and, reciprocally, the relatively slender attention that the CEC appears to direct towards ‘physical difficulties’ suggest that it could benefit considerably in return by taking CE on board.

And if you don’t fancy the big one…

…here are some somewhat smaller affairs to cut your teeth on:

Texas CEC 29th Annual Conference
Westin DFW Airport
Irving, TX
18-20 June 2009

63rd Annual Florida CEC Conference
Daytona Beach, FL
8-10 October 2009

25th Annual DEC International Conference
Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families
Albuquerque, NM
15-18, October 2009

Virginia CEC Annual Conference
“Balancing Trends and Issues: 21st Century Special Education”
Regent University
Virginia Beach, VA17
17 October 2009

15th Annual International DCDT Conference
Westin Savannah Harbor
Savannah, GA
28-31 October 2009

Arkansas CEC Annual Fall Conference
Hot Springs, AR
11-13 Novembe, 2009

26th Annual DEC International Conference
Young Children with Special Needs and their Families
Kansas City, MO
14-17 October 2010

All in all, plenty of opportunities to get CE known, to open its windows to blasts of fresh air, and to recruit sympathetic and useful professional special educators (and their trainers) to the cause of Conductive Education. The North American special education industry is truly colossal. It is high time for CE to get in on this act, come in from the cold and latch on to the action.

This will not just happen of its own accord. Push, and push, and then push again. Wait to be asked and you could be waiting a very long time.

Council for Exceptional Children

CEC homepage and introductory video

Annual Convention and Expo

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