Help Children with ADHD: Boycott the Council for Exceptional Children 2017 Convention & Expo
Whereas the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) proclaims that their 2017 “Convention & Expo [is] the only special education professional development event for all educators servicing every child with no limits!”
Whereas the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and the United States Department of Education report that by 2011 “more than 1 in 10 (11%) US school-aged children [6.4 million children] had received an ADHD [Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder] diagnosis by a health care provider,”
Whereas the world’s leading experts on ADHD and scientists have long agreed that “ADHD is not a benign disorder. For those it afflicts, ADHD can cause devastating problems,”
Whereas the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights reports (July 2016) that their “most common complaint concerns academic and behavioral difficulties students with ADHD experience at school when they are not timely and properly evaluated for a disability, or when they do not receive necessary special education or related aids and services,”
Whereas “the Council for Exceptional Children is a professional association of educators dedicated to advancing the success of children with exceptionalities” and purports to have a “commitment to diversity, caring, and respect for the dignity and worth of all individuals,”
Whereas CEC’s 2017 Convention & Expo, being held in Boston, Massachusetts, “feature[s] over 500 sessions” and yet not one session is devoted exclusively to all children with ADHD," (Note: Enter the term “attention deficit” into the text search field.)
We, the undersigned, find CEC’s failure to address the needs of one of the largest populations of exceptional children at their 2017 Convention & Expo to be deplorable and reprehensible. Thus, we will not join, renew, or encourage others to pay membership dues to CEC, and will boycott all future CEC conventions until such time as the needs of 6.4 million children with ADHD are recognized and feature presentations for parents, teachers, college faculty, researchers, and all other stakeholders that are commensurate with the prevalence rates for ADHD.
- Director, Membership, Divisions, & Units
Council for Exceptional Children
- CEC President
- Executive Director, CEC
Alexander T. Graham
- Director, Conventions and Meetings
Millions of children have been diagnosed with ADHD and yet essentially no sessions are being presented at the 2017 CEC Convention and Expo that are devoted exclusively to meeting the needs of these children. I have pledged that I will not join, renew, or encourage others to pay membership dues to CEC. I will also boycott all CEC conventions until such time as your organization decides to dramatically increase the number of presentations at this annual event.
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