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The Division for Physical, Health and Multiple Disabilities (DPHMD) is the official division of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) that advocates for quality education for all individuals with physical disabilities, multiple disabilities, and special health care needs served in schools, hospitals, or home settings. The goals of DPHMD include:  

(1) Promoting the continued development of adequate resources and programs that address the many areas of need associated with serving children and adults with physical and/or multiple disabilities, and special health care needs.

(2) Disseminating relevant and timely information on current issues, instructional strategies, adaptations, and research through the annual CEC convention, professional meetings, training programs and publications.

(3) Providing technical assistance and preservice and inservice education.

(4) Advocating for funds and policies that promote supportive legislation and funding for persons with physical disabilities, multiple disabilities and special health care needs.

(5) Supporting the activities, policies, and procedures of the CEC and the other CEC divisions


Member Benefits

Valuable Professional Publications

As a member of DPHMD, you will stay abreast of recent advances and trends in your field through your subscriptions to: Physical Disabilities: Education and Related Services. This journal provides information on relevant research, instructional innovation, and current issues in education and related services for individuals with physical and health impairments.  See the Journal link to the left for more information about the journal.  If you are interested in submitting a manuscript to the journal, please read the Information for Authors or contact our journal editor, Lisa Pufpaff.  

The DPHMD Newsletter provides information about current developments in the field highlighting topics of current interest, political action updates, conference and meeting dates, DPHMD activities, as well as information about CEC activities.  If you would like to submit an article for the newsletter, please send it to our newsletter editor, Kharon Grimmet.

Convention Sessions

DPHMD offers its members opportunities for professional growth and networking with colleagues who share their interests. DPHMD sponsors sessions on the education of individuals with physical disabilities, multiple disabilities, and special health care needs at the CEC Annual International Convention & Expo. Members are invited to submit proposals and make program suggestions. During the convention, DPHMD sponsors daily presentation and poster sessions as well as one DPHMD showcase.  

Other Important Benefits

DPHMD has three annual awards which honor the memory of late members.  The Elizabeth Wetzel Memorial fund was established to provide scholarship assistance to undergraduate and graduate students in preparation programs in physical and/or multiple disabilities. DPHMD also sponsors an annual Joan Wald Baken Award which goes to a professional in the field who makes a difference in the lives of individuals with physical and/or health disabilities.  The Albert R. Goldsmith Award provides money for a classroom teacher to purchase materials for his or her classroom.  Application information can be found in the Award section of this site. 

FREE WEBINAR on Wed, Oct 19, 5:00 pm

Free Webinar for the First 100 Participants, Join Dr. John D. Kemp as he presents Understanding Why Disability Issues Must Matter to Educators – Honoring Disability Culture.  John Kemp is Executive Director of the Viscardi Center in Long Island New York, has a Juris Doctorate and has received numerous awards from both national organizations and government agencies.  This presentation will give special education professionals a greater perspective and degree of mindfulness as Dr. Kemp shares specific examples from his experience and writings such as “advice that people with disabilities want all parents to have about parenting”. 

Below is the registration information:

Understanding Why Disability Issues Must Matter to Educators – Honoring Disability Culture



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  • DPHMD membership is the most cost-effective way to boost your professional skills and become a more informed practitioner. Remember: You must be a member of CEC to join DPHMD.   Call CEC at (888) 232-7733. Membership applications are available on CEC's website  http://www.cec.sped.org