Uploaded imageJennifer Lesh, assistant professor in the Ross College of Education, advocated for students with exceptionalities during the Special Education Legislative Summit as an executive board member on the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

She met with several legislators and their education legislative assistants, including Kimberly Richey, newly appointed deputy assistant secretary of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education; and Ruth Ryder, acting director of the Office of Special Education Programs. And along with other Florida CEC members, she met with education legislative aides for Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Bill Nelson and Representatives Lois Frankel and Ted Deutch.


Jennifer Lesh and Kimberly Richey, the newly appointed deputy assistant secretary of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services


Education legislative aides for Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Bill Nelson and Representatives Lois Frankel and Ted Deutch

CEC, founded in 1922, is the international nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. CEC supports children and youth with exceptionalities but advocating for appropriate governmental policies, setting professional standards, providing professional development, and supporting the professionals who work on the behalf of children and youth with exceptionalities. CEC represents all disciplines in the special education field, including teachers, early interventionists, administrators, researchers and higher education faculty who are teaching the next generation of special educators.