Alaska Council for Exceptional Children is set up for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes to advance the education of children and youth with exceptionalities and to establish and administer programs and activities for the education of its members.

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We are special education teachers just like you.  We are volunteering our time to assist with the advancement of our profession. Please ask us questions, share your successes and let us know how we can help you.


2013 - At this year's Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Convention in San Antonio, Texas the Division of Autism and Developmental Disabilities (DADD) Awarded Jesse Harbison the National Kennedy Shriver Student Achievement Award for his recent achievement of earning his Black Belt. This was an especially exciting for AK CEC President Healy who has the double honor of being one of both Jesse's and Geoffe's former teacher. Jesse's mom, Vicki, said it all at the award's ceremony, "When student's like Jesse have a loving support system there isn't anything they can't accomplish."  DADD board members, and membership gave Jesse and his mom a standing ovation. Six additional Alaskan's were there to support Jesse including family members, friends, FNSBSD Assistant Director of Special Education and former statewide director of special education.


Fairbanks Alaska CEC Statewide Student Members turned out on a chilly morning to support the Alaska Autism Walk. From left to right: Jackie Schmidthans, Stephanie Nafpliotis, Elizabeth Darrah, Melodee Sonnenberg, Julie Eberhardt, and Tiffany McCormack all completed the 5K Walk for Autism. Go Team!



Iris Hartshorn receives AK CEC Mini Grant from Past President, Joanne Healy and Treasurer, Phil Patterson.