Kentucky Council for Exceptional Children

Advocating for the education of all children with disabilities

Welcome to KYCEC website. Here you will find information about KYCEC, each subdivision of CEC, membership information, and resources for special educators and parents.


View 2017 Post Conference Information under the Conference Tab!


FYI... Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services List of Guidance Documents Rescinded (Outdated, Unnecessary, or Ineffective) October 2017.  OSERS updated the chart with the list of documents that it has submitted to the Department’s reg reform task force for rescission. This chart includes the reason for the rescission." View Chart

View the 2017 Yes I Can! Winners

Deadline for 2018 Mini Grants is January 15, 2018. Go to Mini Grants Information page under KYCEC tab for information and application.

CEC is our professional home!  Enjoy this CEC video will never back down!


KCASE Summer Institute Materials & Presentations Available


KCASE Session Materials and PowerPoint presentations from the recent 2017 Summer Institute are now available under the KCASE tab.








passing the gavel

The President's gavel was passed from Kathy Maciel to Jenny Miller Horn at the KYCEC Summer Leadership meeting in Bowling Green.  Thanks to Kathy for her leadership and Welcome, Jenny.






Become Involved - Join the KYCEC Board: View information under KYCEC tab

Federal Government issues Final Regulations for improving equity in IDEA and address treatment of

students of color with disabilities - Go to State & Federal Regs under the KYCEC tab


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History of KYCEC

Note:  We are very interested in compiling historical Information on Kentucky Council for Exceptional Children.  If other news or documents are known, please contact Pam Matlock at

According to KYCEC’s historical archives, The Kentucky Derby Chapter, originally the Louisville and Jefferson County Chapter of the International Council for Exceptional Children, Chapter # 005, was organized in April of 1945 at George H. Tingley School in Louisville by Miss Alice Clark.  There were twenty members in this chapter, which was the 5th in the country, and dues were $1.50one of the very first CEC Chapters, meeting in the Louisville area.  The first President was Mrs. Forrest Hendershot.  This chapter was very influential in the advocacy of children with exceptionalities in Kentucky.  They received several Awards of Excellence from the Council for Exceptional Children. 

In 1955, Mary May Wyman organized the Kentucky Federation of Chapters and Divisions, Chapter # 234, and served as its first president.  The Mary May Wyman award is given by KY CEC to honor the member who has shown consistently unselfish service in promoting the education and welfare of children with exceptionalities in Kentucky. 

Judge Executive Mitch McConnell of Jefferson County signed the proclamation naming the week of May 13  - 20 Exceptional Children’s Week in Jefferson County.  Judy Ashmore of Kentucky became the first classroom teacher ever to be elected as 1st Vice-President of Council for Exceptional Children.


On March 18, the Articles of incorporation were approved for the Kentucky Federation of Chapters and Divisions of the Council for Exceptional Children in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  This is now the Kentucky Council for Exceptional Children.


KYCEC assisted with hosting the 2007 CEC National Convention in Louisville, KY.  A Kick Off Derby Party celebration was held at the 2006 CEC Convention in Salt Lake City.  The Certificate of Special Recognition was given to KYCEC by the Honorable John Warmuth, 3rd District.

Click on this link for a listing of the KYCEC Presidents. 

Click on this link for the archives to KYCEC Newsletters.

CEC serves all of the interests in the special education profession.  CEC invites professionalism, experience, and vision for its members to foster the best possible future of exceptional children.  If you are not currently a member of CEC, we invite you to join us today.  Sign up by visiting or contact one of the KYCEC officers.  

Click on this link for KYCEC Executive Board.


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Welcome to KYCEC

We believe all children can learn!

Our website supports the education of exceptional children and the teachers and school administrators charged with meeting that mission.

Our organization through this website provides all visitors with information on our activities and events in furthering the education of all exceptional children in Kentucky.