Upcoming Events 

Social Media as a Practical Tool for Advocacy

May 27th, 2021, 3:30 PM Eastern Time 

Presented by Robyn DiPietro-Wells, MEd

with Kris Pedersen, SLPD, CCC-SLP, Diana LaRocco, EdD.; Kristi Lunceford, MEd from the DEC Policy & Advocacy Committee

Come learn tips and tricks for utilizing social media platforms within your community and state. Learn social media strategies to engage and mobilize stakeholders to take action. Register here.

Recent Events 

Communicating with Policy Makers

April 30th, 2021, 2:00 PM Eastern Time 

Presented by Alissa Rausch, EdD 

Join us for some tips on how to identify and communicate effectively with policy makers at local, state and national levels. Learn how to make connections with decision-makers and convey your message in a way that will bring about change.

Access the recording and handout here.​

What's Happening in Washington  
Archived March 31st, 2021 

Presented by Sharon Walsh, DEC's Governmental Relations Consultant. As you know, so much is happening in Washington DC! This session will focus on the new Biden Administration and the 117th Congress and how these changes relate to the important work we all do with and on behalf of young children and their families. Topics to be addressed include: COVID-19 relief efforts, CEC and DEC priorities for the new Administration and Congress, federal funding, child care and other early learning priorities, and other issues you care about!. Please come prepared with your advocacy hat on and your advocacy voice ready! Plan to leave the session with ways to stay involved in this important work!

Access the recording and handouts here.

Previous Events 

Turn Your Passion into Action - A Presentation on the Legislative Process and Advocacy Fundamentals 
Archived January 30th, 2019 


This webinar provides an overview of the federal legislative process and strategies for advocacy to support young children with disabilities and their families around issues supported by DEC’s mission. Participants will be able to describe the legislative process and identify policymakers and decision-makers at the federal, state, and local levels; identify opportunities for advocacy and strategies for contacting and meeting with policymakers and decision-makers; and describe strategies to engage DEC members in your state in advocacy efforts. The webinar is intended for CAN Coordinators and state subdivision leaders but all DEC members are welcome.


Presented by:
Sara Movahedazarhouligh, DEC Advocacy Team, is a doctoral candidate in special education, with an emphasis in early childhood special education (ECSE) at the University of Northern Colorado. She is a member of the Policy and Advocacy Committee for the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children. Sara has worked as an occupational therapist, a rehabilitation coordinator and now is looking forward to work on her dissertation. Her dissertation research will include leadership in ECSE. 


Christina Kasprzak, M.A., is a Senior Scientist at the Frank Porter Graham, Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a member of the Policy and Advocacy Committee for the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children. Christina has worked in the field of EI/ECSE for more than 20 years and currently serves as Director of the Early Childhood TA (ECTA) Center and is on the leadership team for the The Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy) 

Access the recording and handouts here.

What’s Happening in the 116th Congress
Archived March 6th, 2019 

 

Similar to the What’s Happening in Washington session held at DEC’s annual conference, Sharon Walsh will highlight the prominent issues and policies that will likely be addressed by the 116th Congress that are relevant to DEC’s mission. Join us to learn how you can get involved and support advocacy efforts for the benefit of young children with disabilities and their families.


Presented by: Sharon Walsh, DEC Governmental Relations Consultant, has worked in the field of special education and early intervention for over 30 years. She currently provides consultation to state and local agencies (e.g. SEAs, state lead agencies for Part C, school districts and local lead agencies) on the implementation of Part C and Part B of IDEA. She also is the Governmental Relations Consultant for the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children (DEC) and the IDEA Infant and Toddler Coordinators Association (ITCA), which is the national association representing the state Part C lead agencies. Sharon also works as a consultant on the federally funded Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA) and the Center for
IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy).

Access the recording and handouts here.

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