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While we are excited to gather our community in Orlando this January for our in-person convention and 100th Anniversary Celebration, the safety and comfort of our attendees are our top priority. The staff and leadership of CEC continue to monitor guidance by the CDC and best practices laid out by the meetings industry to help mitigate any concerns around attending.

Given our desire to keep everyone as safe as possible, all attendees in the 2022 in-person convention must be fully vaccinated--including attendees, presenters, exhibitors, staff, volunteers, and vendors. Registered convention attendees will receive information on how to verify their vaccination status using a free, simple, secure, and HIPAA-compliant third-party vendor.

Accommodations requested at least three weeks in advance may be offered on a case-by-case basis for those unable to be vaccinated due to disability. Accommodations may be requested by emailing convention@exceptionalchildren.org. CEC respects everyone’s decision to make health choices that best represent your personal considerations and to deal with those consequences. Those who choose not to provide a vaccination verification may attend the virtual convention.

In addition to the vaccine requirement, we are considering additional safety measures as part of our onsite mitigation plan. Conclusive decisions on these will be made closer to the convention date in January. These considerations include possible mask mandates, social distancing, color-coded systems to show personal social distance comfort, etc. We continue to monitor and evaluate the outlook for in-person events and will share updates as they are available. We will post more information about what you can expect onsite as we get closer to our event dates.

While we understand that a vaccine requirement does not guarantee safety, it is part of the best practices for protecting our community. We are hopeful that the Delta variant will subside this fall and that gatherings safely with friends and colleagues can be something we return to.

We look forward to seeing many of you in Orlando.If you have questions, please direct them to Chad Rummel, Executive Director, director@exceptionalchildren.org.

Last Updated:  13 September, 2021

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