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Student Life in Special Education

The Department of Special Education sponsors activities for students in special education programs to support their personal and professional growth.

Student Council for Exceptional Children

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the world’s oldest and largest professional organization of special education and related services personnel. CEC member benefits include subscriptions to the journals Exceptional Children and Teaching Exceptional Children (especially for practitioners); reduced fees for attendance at the national conference; receipt of electronic updates in new developments in the field; participation in online professional development activities; and purchase of special publications. Members may also join one or more divisions in their area of specialization or professional interest. Divisions also publish their own journals, hold annual conferences, and prepare specialized publications. For more information, please visit  Council for Exceptional Children.

The WVU Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC) is a student organization for campus-based undergraduate and graduate students. Students elect officers, hold monthly meetings, and plan and hold special events with guidance from a faculty advisor. At times, some members attend state and national CEC conferences.

Faculty Advisor(s): Melissa Hartley and Christan Coogle

For more information, please contact  Melissa.Hartley@mail.wvu.edu

Autism Speaks U

Autism Speaks was founded in 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Since that time, Autism Speaks has grown into the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization. The national organization is dedicated to science:funding global biomedical and other research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; awareness: raising public awareness about autism and its effect on individuals, families, and society (e.g., through various ad campaigns); and advocacy:bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder (e.g., by promoting state laws that mandate private health insurance coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders). For more information, please visit “Autism Speaks”: http://www.autismspeaks.org

Autism Speaks U at WVU is a student organization that hosts awareness, advocacy, and fundraising events that are planned and conducted by undergraduate and graduate student members. Students elect officers, hold meetings, and conduct events with guidance from a faculty advisor.

Faculty Advisor(s): MIchael Mayton

For more information, please contact: autismspeaksuwvu@gmail.com

Mountaineer Special Olympics

Special Olympics is a global organization founded in 1968 that provides opportunities for year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities to assist them in developing physical fitness, participating in activities with friends, families and community members, and having fun while promoting a better world through the acceptance and inclusion of all people. Activities are organized at the local, state, national and international levels and involve athletes, families, coaches, volunteers, partners, and sponsors in a wide variety of sporting events. For more information, please visit the Special Olympics website.

The WVU Mountaineer Special Olympics is a student organization for campus-based undergraduate and graduate students. Students elect officers, hold monthly meetings, and plan and hold special events with guidance from a faculty advisor.

Faculty Advisor(s): Ann Richards

For more information, please contact  Ann.Richards@mail.wvu.edu