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Upcoming Events

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ANNUAL PLANNING MEETING
for AZCEC - AZCASE - AZCCBD - AZDEC

Each year the boards and members of CEC and the various divisions of CEC gather to plan events for the coming school year.  All CEC members are welcome!  If you wondering what CEC is all about and want to get involved, please plan to join us:

Saturday, June 7, 2014
The Property in Casa Grande
1251 W Gila Bend Highway
Casa Grande, AZ  85193

8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Your input and participation is important to us!
Watch for registration information to come!

Membership

AZCEC is the Arizona branch of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). CEC is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

Mailing Address AZCEC
2401 W. Dante Way
Tucson, AZ 85741

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May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

Identify the Signs of Communication Disorders During
Better Hearing and Speech Month
8%–9% of Children Suffer From Speech Disorders,
Many Parents Wait Too Long to Seek Treatment

May 1, 2014—With 8%–9% of young children suffering from speech disorders, May’s Better Hearing and Speech Month is the perfect time for parents to learn how to recognize the early signs of these disorders. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has information to assist parents to educate themselves through their Identify the Signs campaign. This campaign is designed to combat an overall lack of awareness about communication disorders—a major barrier to treatment for the more than 40 million total Americans who suffer.

Speech, language, and hearing disorders are among the most common disabilities in the United States. However, unlike many other disabilities, these disorders often are reversible and even preventable with early intervention. Unfortunately, many parents do not recognize the first signs of these disorders. In young children, early treatment can help prevent them from falling behind academically, socially, and in other key areas at a critical time in their development.

In children, parents should watch for the following signs of speech and language disorders:

Does not interact socially (infancy and older)
Does not follow or understand what you say (starting at 1 year)
Says only a few sounds or words or makes only a few gestures (18 months to 2 years)
Says words that are not easily understood (18 months to 2 years)
Does not combine words (starting at 2 years)
Struggles to say sounds or words (3 to 4 years)

For further information, and other resources, visit http://identifythesigns.org. or the Arizona Speech-Language-Hearing Association at www.arsha.org or (602) 354-8062.

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Notice of AZCEC and AZCASE ANNUAL MEETINGS

The Annual Meetings for AZCEC and AZCASE will be held on February 28, 2014 at 4:00 PM immediately following the Annual Conference at the Black Canyon Conference Center, Phoenix, AZ. All CEC and CASE members are invited to attend.  The agenda for this meeting will be sent out to all members and will be posted during the Annual Conference. 

Business items include: 

  1. Review of Minutes from last Annual Meeting
  2. Review of financial standing for the year
  3. Election of officers
  4. Other items of business for the membership to consider

Announcements

Welcome to our new AZCEC Website!

The look is different but the workshops and services that AZCEC brings to you is better than ever! AZCEC is updating its website to make is easier for you to get the information that you need!

 
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