The Divisions of CEC are organizational units within CEC that address many facets of special education. Divisions provide a platform for the membership to divide into special interest groups to discuss current research, exchange ideas, and pursue political action helpful to those with disabilities. Divisions provide journals, newsletters, conferences, workshops and other forms of professional development to their membership. Most importantly they have a political action group that advocates for improved services to persons with disabilities, their families and their educators.

Subdivisions are the state equivalent of the national division. Members choose to be a member of divisions, pay a small membership fee and are automatically added to the state subdivision rosters. In AR-CEC are many opportunities to meet with others who have similar interests.

About the Subdivisions

The Council for Children with Behavioral DisordersCCBD Logo

The Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (CCBD) is the official division of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) committed to promoting and facilitating the education and general welfare of children and youth with emotional or behavioral disorders. CCBD, whose members include educators, parents, mental health personnel, and a variety of other professionals, actively pursues quality educational services and program alternatives for persons with behavioral disorders, advocates for the needs of such children and youth, emphasizes research and professional growth as vehicles for better understanding behavioral disorders, and provides professional support for persons who are involved with and serve children and youth with behavioral disorders. Read more about what CCBD and its members are committed to by clicking on the following link.


President: Heather Lewis - lewish@fccare.org


AR-CCBD Constitution and Bylaws


Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities

The Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (AR-DADD) is the state counterpart to the Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (DADD) which exists within the Council for Exceptional Children. DADD supports the education and general welfare of individuals with cognitive disabilities/mental retardation, autism, and related disabilities. Members receive Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, and DADD Express Newsletter.


President: Ruth Eyres - reyres@eastersealsar.com


DADD Constitution and Bylaws



Subdivision on Early Childhood

AR-DEC is comprised of individuals who work with or on behalf of children with special needs, birth through age eight, and their families. Children with special needs include those who have disabilities, developmental delays, are gifted/talented, or are at risk of future developmental problems. DEC is dedicated to promoting policies and practices that support families of children with special needs and work to enhance the optimal development of children.


President: Renee Philpot - philpotr@fccare.org


AR-DEC Constitution and Bylaws



Subdivision on Career Development and Transition


The Arkansas Division on Career Development and Transition strongly supports the mission of National DCDT which is, ďto promote national and international efforts to improve the quality of and access to, career/vocational and transition services, increase the participation of education in career development and transition goals and to influence policies affecting career development and transition services for persons with disabilities.Ē



AR-DCDT takes a leading role in supporting cutting edge transition policy and programming in Arkansas. If you would like to become a part of improving post-school outcomes for Arkansas students with disabilities consider joining AR-DCDT. Also, take some time and visit www.arkansastransition.com. This site will provide you with excellent information related to Career Development and Transition.


President: Paul Johnston - pjohnston@starfishnw.org



Arkansas Council of Administrators of Special EducationCASE logo


CASE is an international professional educational organization which is affiliated with the Council for Exceptional Children whose members are dedicated to the enhancement of the worth, dignity, potential, and uniqueness of each individual in society.

Those who receive special education services are individuals who possess basic rights and responsibilities, and who command respect at all times. Special education embraces the right to a free appropriate public education.

The Mission of the Council of Administrators of Special Education, Inc. is to provide leadership and support to members by shaping policies and practices which impact the quality of education.



President: Angela Winfield - Angela.winfield@swaec.org



Arkansas Student Council for Exceptional Children


CECís Student Chapters give pre-service special educators a head start to meeting their professional goals. Through its student chapters, CEC provides members with professional development seminars, leadership opportunities, networking opportunities through meetings, workshops, and CECís Annual Convention & Expo with leading special education experts, the latest information on developments in the field, and guidance on job hunting -- including a job bank just for special educators.  Click here to visit the Council for Exceptional Children website for information on CEC membership for students.


AR-SCEC Executive Board

Leslie Rush

AR-SCEC Constitution and Bylaws