Friday, August 17, 2012

@CECMembership 's Yes I Can! Awards for #Specialneeds Kids

I received an email from Andrea Elkin, Communications Manager of the Council for Exceptional Children. Thanks to CEC for giving our deserving students with exceptionalities a chance to shine. Here I am posting Andrea's message:
Dear Maria,
Greetings from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). As you may know, we are an international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of children and youth with exceptionalities.
I am reaching out to share some information about our annual Yes I Can! Awards, in the hopes that you will mention the awards to your blog readers, who may be interested in submitting nominations or consider nominating someone you know. Through this program, students with exceptionalities — some for the first time in their lives — are recognized for their accomplishments in seven categories.
More about the Yes I Can! Awards: Students may be nominated by a parent, educator, or other adult. All 2013 winners will be acknowledged at the CEC 2013 Convention & Expo in San Antonio next April. All nominees receive a certificate of accomplishment, whether they win the award or not. And international candidates are welcome!
Nominations must be submitted by Oct. 19. This year our nominations are electronic, making submitting even easier! Please visit CEC’s Web site for more information, including eligibility guidelines and the Nomination Form.
For inspiration, you can also visit CEC’s YouTube page to watch footage from the 2012 awards ceremony.
I have also attached the 2013 Yes I Can! promotional flyer that you are more than welcome to use.
Thank you in advance for your support of this special awards program. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Very sincerely,
Andrea Elkin
Communications Manager
Council for Exceptional Children
2900 Crystal Drive, Suite 1000
Arlington, VA 22202-3557(P) 703-264-9481


Each 2013 Yes I Can! Award winner will:

  • Be invited to attend a special awards ceremony and celebration at the CEC 2013 Convention & Expo, April 3–6 and to participate in a special field trip in San Antonio.
  • Receive two nights' accommodations at a convention-affiliated hotel.
  • Receive a statue designed by nationally renowned sculptor Michael Naranjo.
  • Receive a letter of congratulations from the CEC President.
  • Be featured in CEC Today, CEC's member e-newsletter.
  • Be featured on CEC's Web site (
  • May be called upon by CEC to share his or her story to promote the Yes I Can! Awards program and to generally advocate for children and youth with exceptionalities.
But everyone is a winner! Each individual nominated for the Yes I Can! Awards will receive a certificate of accomplishment.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Candidates must be 2–21 years of age when they are nominated.
  • The nominee must have an identified disability.
  • Each candidate may be nominated in only one category.
  • International nominations are accepted.
  • Posthumous nominations are not accepted.


Nomination Information and Form

2013 Nomination Information
2013 Nomination Form

1 comment:

Andrea Elkin said...

Thanks for sharing about the Yes I Can! awards! We really appreciate it.

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