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Help Children with ADHD: Boycott the Council for Exceptional Children 2018 Convention

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Whereas the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) urges special educators to attend their “February 10, 2018, in Tampa, Florida, to learn best practices and skills to provide a high-quality education for EACH and EVERY ONE of [their] students” [emphasis added] and yet not a single session is devoted exclusively to children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

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 2018 Convention & Expo, being held in Tampa, Florida “feature[s] over 600 sessions” and yet other than one "exhibitor showcase" there are no sessions 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 2018 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 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.

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