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DDEL is one of 17 special interest groups of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, including students with disabilities and those identified as gifted. DDEL advances educational opportunities for culturally and linguistically diverse learners with disabilities and/or gifts and talents, their families, and the professionals who serve them.

It is the only professional organization dedicated exclusively to the concerns of culturally and linguistically diverse exceptional learners.

DDEL’S Mission:

To improve, through professional excellence and advocacy, the education and quality of life for individuals with exceptionalities from diverse racial, ethnic, cultural and linguistic communities.

DDEL’S Vision:

DDEL is an education organization renowned for its leadership in advancing knowledge and practice, and shaping policy to enhance the quality of life for diverse individuals with exceptionalities. DDEL’s commitment to forging partnerships results in solutions to persistent and emerging barriers to social justice. DDEL is recognized globally for its expertise and advocacy.

Core Values

  • Diversity, social justice and equity
  • Inclusiveness
  • Advocacy
  • Inquiry leading to the development of practices that attend to unique learner characteristics

In order to join DDEL, you must be a member of CEC. It’s easy.

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