The Division for Early Childhood's Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families is the flagship of our professional development opportunities.
Each year, the Division for Early Childhood brings together a passionate group of dedicated individuals who work with or on behalf of young children (0-8) with disabilities and other special needs and their families. Leading experts will gather from all over the world to unite with other participants and attendees who are intimately invested in early intervention and early childhood special education. This is a tremendous opportunity for making connections with peers. Time is set aside for conversation and collaboration during breaks and often during sessions.
The Division for Early Childhood will bring together a passionate group of dedicated individuals who work with or on behalf of young children (0-8) with special needs and their families. Leading experts will gather from all over the world to unite with other participants and attendees who are intimately invested in early intervention, early childhood special education, and related disciplines.
Who attends the DEC annual international conference?
Our attendees include EI/ECSE Practitioners, Higher Education Faculty, Researchers,
The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) promotes policies and advances evidence-based practices that support families and enhance the optimal development of young children (0-8) who have or are at risk for developmental delays and disabilities. DEC is an international membership organization for those who work with or on behalf of young children (0-8) with disabilities and other special needs and their families.
LMSW --parent, poet, a compelling storyteller, and an award-winning advocate
Janice Fialka, LMSW --parent, poet, a compelling storyteller, and an award-winning advocate for families and persons with disabilities--will present the 2017 Keynote address "Still Dancing After All These Years! Stories from the Dance Floor". She is a nationally-recognized speaker, author, and advocate on issues related to disability, parent-professional partnerships, inclusion, and raising a child with disabilities. Her newest book, What Matters: Reflections on Disability, Community, and Love chronicles her son Micah's journey of living a fully inclusive life. Special education pioneer Ann P. Turnbull said of it: "If I could recommend a single book about family life and disability to families and professionals alike, hands down, it is this one."
Ted Burke has been involved in training and professional development in the field of early intervention since 1993. During his career, Ted has worked as a service coordinator, local program manager, statewide training director and as a professional development consultant for the delivery Part C Early Intervention Services using research driven evidence-based practices. Ted is very involved in local, state and national advisory boards which focus on providing services for children and their families and is currently Vice President of the Executive Board of Directors for the Division of Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).
Professor Emerita and Former Director
Diane Bricker, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita and Former Director, Early Intervention Program, Center on Human Development, and Associate Dean for Academic Programs College of Education, University of Oregon, Eugene. Dr. Bricker served as the director of the Early Intervention Program at the Center on Human Development, University of Oregon, from 1978 to 2004. She was a professor of special education, focusing on the fields of early intervention and social-communication. Her professional interests have addressed three major areas: early intervention service delivery approaches, curricula-based assessment/evaluation, and developmental-behavioral screening.