The Virginia Federation of the Council for Exceptional Children (VA CEC) has been active since 1958. We have continued in CEC's mission of excellence by adding local resources for teachers, administrators, parents and other special education professionals. Resources include state and regional conferences and workshops, VA CEC Newsletters, and other professional development support. We also advocate for individuals with disabilities, their families, and their teachers. As an organization, we lead the state each year in recognizing children with disabilities in our Exceptional Children's Week and our "Yes I Can" awards for students with disabilities. With nearly 1,500 members we are the largest organization for children with special needs in the state of Virginia.