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We celebrate Exceptional Children’s Week (ECW) during the first week of May each year to promote awareness of exceptionalities in children and youth.  This is a time to celebrate diverse learners. The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) established this week to remind all individuals about the importance of acceptance and understanding.

Illinois CEC Celebrated Exceptional Children’s Week with daily themes:

Monday, May 3: Social Media Monday – Post: “I celebrate Exceptional Children’s week because…” #ICEC #ECW

Tuesday, May 4: Wear Red to Rally Against Bullying

Wednesday, May 5: Wacky Socks Wednesday – Bring out your most wacky socks to support being different!

Thursday, May 6: Thankful Thursday – Write a kind message to someone who works with individuals with exceptionalities.

Friday, May 7: Wear Your Special Apparel – Special Olympics apparel/medals, Best Buddies gear, or represent your school/organization.

Nomination students for “Yes I Can”.  All completed nominations are due May 15th.

ICEC “Yes I Can!” Award Website