Convention Connection

Convention Connection


Some reminders…

You can still register for Convention Workshops. But, you might want to hurry because some workshops are filling up! Topics range from behavior modification to formative assessments to legally defensible IEPS to co-teaching. All 16 Convention Workshops will offer the practical, evidence-based information you—and your students need. Register today!

Share your #CEC16 attendance. Download the #CEC16 press release template, fill in your name and make headlines in your hometown newspaper.

Lunch tickets.  If you took advantage of the onsite lunch offer, plan on picking up your tickets on site at the Levy Restaurant booth in the Registration Area.

Download the App.  The CEC 2016 App on iTunes or Google Play  is available for you to download on your smartphone and/or tablet.  Browse from hundreds of sessions to 200+ exhibitors to dozens of social events, all be at your fingertips. This app is so smart it will keep track of all the booths you want to visit and the sessions you want to attend, and it can even help you navigate the America’s Center. Our App Fairies are updating it continuously, so don’t worry if you don’t see everything you need right away—it will all be there next week. Time to build your schedule!

Your badge.  Misplaced it or left it at home? No big deal! Replacement badges can be picked up in the Registration Area at America’s Center. If you live outside the United States and/or registered after March 24, you can pick up your badge at the Already Registered counter onsite. Program books and convention totes will be available in the Registration Area as well—just show your badge for a quick pick-up.

When you arrive…

Registration Area. Registration will open Tuesday at 2 p.m., and at 7 a.m. Wednesday-Saturday in the foyer outside Halls 1 and 2. For specific hours visit our Schedule at a Glance or consult The App.

Accessibility & onsite accommodations. All CEC 2016 sessions will take place at America’s Center, and business meetings and social events will be held at the Marriott St. Louis Grand. All CEC events are ADA accessible. If you require special accommodations, please visit the Accessibility Booth on the Ground Level of America’s Center.

Savings in STL. Check out the Show Your Badge options to save! We’ve got a big list of businesses that will give you a discount on everything from dining to local attractions if you just show ’em your badge.

Dressing for STL. You can expect temperatures in the morning to be in upper 60s/low 70s. We recommend comfortable shoes for walking and a sweater or jacket. America’s Center and our hotels are right in the heart of St. Louis, with easy walks to restaurants and shopping.

While you’re onsite…

Use Bookstore Bucks to receive $5 off any item in the CEC Bookstore. You can get your Bookstore Bucks from any CEC staff or board member or in the bookstore.

The CEC Bookstore.
It’s the place to be at CEC 2016!

We’ve planned a slew of fun events, from Community Discussions (drawn from the All-Member Forum), to taking a selfie with a “virtual” Elmo and Julia from Sesame Street, to talking with CEC authors and presenters! Make the most of your professional development dollars: All publications in the Bookstore are specially priced for CEC 2016; orders placed onsite receive a 10% discount off the Member price—that’s 25% off list price! Find us in CEC Central at the center of the Expo Hall. NEW purchase opportunity for all attendees! Pre-order one or more books by Keynote Speaker Temple Grandin, and pick up your books when you check in at the Registration Area! Choose from among Thinking in Pictures, The Way I See It, or The Autistic Brain—or buy all three! All are specially priced for CEC 2016!

Legislative Action Center. Be an advocate at CEC’s Legislative Action Center (LAC) in CEC Central at the center of the Expo Hall. Write letters to your members of Congress on CEC’s important issues.

Events. CEC 2016 has plenty of social events, so be sure not to miss them! There’s lots to do, from the Opening General Session with Keynote Speaker Temple Grandin followed by the President’s Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening in the Expo Hall to an Ice Cream Social on Thursday afternoon to Division and State/Provincial Unit Receptions on Thursday evening to our Friday Dessert with the Vendors in the Expo Hall. On Friday evening DON’T MISS the heartwarming Yes I Can Awards celebration starting at 4:30 p.m. Helping your students succeed is the reason you do what you do, so we hope you will celebrate the achievements of these 12 shining stars with us at this inspirational event!  Hit up the The App or convention program book for details.

Especially for students. Undergrads, Grads and Docs! Don’t miss the Student Forum on Thursday morning in America’s Center. This information-packed session includes presentations by CEC President Antonis Katsiyannis, the CEC Clarissa Hug Teacher of the Year, and other respected gurus in the field. It’s a great way to kick off CEC 2016!

Divisions and Caucuses in the Expo Hall. Many of CEC’s 18 Special Interest Divisions, as well as our CEC Caucuses, will be exhibiting alongside the companies and service providers supporting CEC 2016. So, if you’re looking to connect with a Division or want to learn more about the activities of a Caucus, follow the map in The App and find them in the Expo Hall.

Prizes, prizes and more prizes. There are so many ways to win big at CEC 2016, so watch for next week’s email when we tell you how to do it. Plan on sticking around until Saturday afternoon when we’ll be holding the final Really, Really BIG Prize Giveaway, with items worth thousands of dollars. Don’t miss it!

Can’t wait to #CECYouInSTL!  #CEC16

Rules and Conditions

All attendees of Council of Exceptional Children’s (CEC) events agree to comply with all rules and conditions of the event, including all rules published at and related event websites and brochures. Attendees of any CEC activity must wear the official event name badge. Name badges are required for admission to all events. Badges are closely monitored to prevent unauthorized persons from participating in the CEC event. CEC event registration may not be used for advertising, promotions, giveaways, sweepstakes or other trade purposes without express written consent of CEC.  Attendees must behave responsibly at all CEC events. Threatening physical actions and disorderly or disruptive conduct will not be tolerated and may result in removal from the event, denial of access to event facilities and other penalties. CEC event attendees voluntarily assume all risk and danger of personal injury (including death) and all hazards arising from, or related in any way to  the event, whether occurring prior to, during, or after the event, however caused and whether by negligence and/or otherwise. Rules and conditions are subject to change without notice.

Attendees may not under any circumstances conduct any live or recorded audio, video or photographic activities without the express permission of the Executive Director or Director of Communications and Marketing. Contact [email protected] with a request for photography/videography.