Advocacy

Information Specialist

Taryn Wade

FCEC welcomes Taryn Wade as the incoming Information Specialist. Her responsibilities will include tracking and updating legislation that impacts children with disabilities and their families, monitor related legislation as well as disseminate this information to our members and advocacy partners. In addition, she will assist the CAN Representative in researching and formulating our Issue Briefs. In this role, Taryn functions as a communicator of information in order to encourage our community to engage in advocacy efforts at the local, state, and national levels.

Taryn Wade is currently a doctoral student in Special Education at Florida State University. Prior to enrolling in this program, she worked as a school psychologist and is passionate about advocating for the rights of children and families in the special education community.

2020 Special Education Legislative Summit

The 2020 Special Education Legislative Summit is going virtual and you’re invited to be a part of it!

Typically held in Washington, D.C., during July, the Special Education Legislative Summit (SELS) is an opportunity for educators from across the country to make a difference by advocating for change with Members of Congress.

The COVID-19 pandemic will bring the Summit to new heights with a Virtual SELS being held over the course of two weeks from July 13-24, 2020.

Here’s what this entails:

  • Once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.
  • Town Hall-style events where you can learn from and ask questions of policy experts and Capitol Hill veterans. You will experience first-hand what it’s like to be a decision-maker in Washington.
  • In-depth learning about key issues.
  • SELS Team Leaders and experts from the field will provide updated news and information about the key issues impacting special educators across the country including legislation, appropriations, mental health, educator shortages, and more.
  • Opportunities to improve your advocacy skills with the experts.
  • Learn from people who have done this work before about how to sharpen the message you bring to Members of Congress to advocate for infants, toddlers, children, and youth with exceptionalities. Virtual SELS will give you the support you need and many ways “to meet” with a Member to make a difference.


Additional Links

2020 Florida Issue Briefs and Policy Briefs

For regular legislative updates and action items, follow our advocacy blog.

2nd Annual Florida Legislative Summit

January 26-28th, 2020

Tallahassee, Florida

Mark your calendars to join Florida Council for Exceptional Children in our advocacy mission. Attend quality training to gain knowledge, inspiration and empowerment. Then, team up with colleagues to meet with Florida legislators and staff and advocate for the needs of our students.


Contact Jane Boritz for more information.

Click here for the Agenda