During the week of July 10th, special education professionals visited congressional offices in Washington, D.C. to advocate for more funding to support services for students with disabilities, address special educator shortages, and build positive school climates. The visits to Capitol Hill were part of the annual Special Education Legislative Summit hosted by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE).

The strategy for this advocacy work is to make connections between the special education community and legislators and to share specific stories about the challenges and accomplishments of schools and districts.

The advocates identified three focus areas for their efforts, which are: Educator Shortages; Appropriations; and Mental Health.

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