Special Interest Divisions

CEC's Special Interest Divisions

CEC's divisions individually explore a single facet of special education in thoughtful detail, bringing together professionals to exchange ideas, stimulate research, and promote expertise in key areas of each fast-growing field.

Journals, newsletters, conferences, workshops, and other professional development activities put you in touch and promote focused discussions among specialists. Help facilitate political action on issues that directly affect your own practice and interests. Network to bring you closer with experts and your professional peers.

Take advantage of this special opportunity to increase your knowledge and become more deeply involved in your profession. Join today and participate in as many divisions as interest you!


DADD (Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities)

  • Call for Papers has opened for the 21st International Conference on Autism, Intellectual Disability & Developmental Disabilities has opened!
  • Locals can come out! Conference is in Sarasota, FL.
  • Date of the conference: January 22-24, 2020
  • Link to the call for presentations and conference information:


TED (Teacher Education Division)

  • TED will be sponsoring 10 members travel ($1,000 each) to participant in the national CEC Special Education Legislative Summit (SELS) in Washington, DC! Application information can be found here:


  • TED is also sponsoring 10 doctoral students to attend SELS! Application information can be found here:


Florida Division on Career Development and Transition (FDCDT) Announces

2019 VISIONS: A Transition Planning Institute & Conference

Renaissance World Golf Village

St. Augustine, FL

April 10-12, 2019


Division for International Special Educationa & Services (DICES)

2019 Conference in Jamaica

Rose Hall Resort

Montego Bay, Jamaica

June 26-28, 2019


Florida Council for Children With Behavioral Disorders Announces

2018 Eleanor Guetzloe Outstanding Service Award Winner

Terry Roberts, Award Winner, with FLCCBD President, Dr. LaSonya Moore

So what’s he doing now?

Terry Roberts, a Support Administrator at Azalea Middle School in Pinellas County, received the 2018 FLCCBD Eleanor Guetzloe Outstanding Service Award last October at the Florida Council for Exceptional Children’s 71st Annual state conference. His seventeen years of teaching experience taught him the importance of advocating for the unique talents and gifts of students with emotional and behavioral complexities.

Mr. Roberts shared with the Selection Committee the three objectives he uses daily: simplicity, patience, and compassion. Students with emotional and behavior complexities require compassion. Often these students are misunderstood, or have a difficult time expressing their needs and frustration. A compassionate educator that is willing to listen to them can make the difference in a successful student education experience. These students also require patience. As an educator, it is important have patience when motivating exceptional education students. Successful motivation requires the understanding that there may be setbacks, but patience in the process helps to foster success. Lastly- simplicity. Successful motivation requires the same level of high standards and expectations as with all students.

We checked back with Terry at the beginning of the year to see what was happening since he was honored with the award. He is still at Azalea Middle School working with the same age group of students providing a multi-tiered system of support. He is entering the Administrator Preparation Pool to be a school administrator. Best wishes, Terry Roberts!

Submitted by: Carol Dinsdale, FLCCBD Secretary

Florida Council for Children With Behavioral Disorders (FL-CCBD) Recognizes Outstanding Student with 2018 Yes I Can Award

D’Qjuwan Collins and FLCCBD Secretary Carol Dinsdale at Graduation

FLCCBD annually recognizes a student who has demonstrated determination and achievement. D’Qjuwan Collins entered Bayside High School on February 16, 2016 during his 10th grade year, and at that time seemed to turn a corner academically and behaviorally. Prior to that year, he earned his fair share of referrals , but now he was responsible and mature. He made friends with Bayside students and was polite and respectful to teachers and other adults. His grades were now acceptable, his attendance was good, and his behavior … excellent! Throughout his time at Bayside, things just improved for D’Qjuwan. He became a favorite among the faculty, a student assistant in the art room, and demonstrated excellent leadership skills as a Student Assistant at the front desk. D’Qjuwan is known by everyone at Bayside for his kindness, his agreeable nature, and his good heart. He graduated from high school May 24. Everyone at Bayside will miss him, but they wish him nothing but the best in his bright future!! Congratulations, D’Qjuwan! Well done.

Are you a member of a CEC Division?

Are you active in your Florida Division? We are looking for CEC members who are or want to be active in their divisions (TED, CASE, DDEL, DADD, TAM, DLD, CCBD, etc.…). Florida CEC Executive Board goal is to create a collaborative network so that our CEC Division work can expand and be shared throughout our state and highlighted at or Florida CEC Annual Conference. If you are interested in organizing, reorganizing, or are already an organized Florida Division, please contact:

FCEC Subdivision Chair

Sacha Cartagena


Active subdivisions must report officers to their division and state unit each year.

Subdivision: How to Organize or Reactivate