Opportunities for Families Attending the DEC 2020 Conference

The DEC Conference provides professionals and family members an opportunity to learn, network, and collaborate. The conference puts focus on evidence-based practices in the field of early intervention and early childhood special education. Family members will benefit from attending sessions related to the needs of infants, toddlers, and young children with disabilities (0-8) and their families. The sessions are led by national leaders including researchers, higher education faculty, professional development staff, practitioners, and family members. Time is built into the conference to offer the opportunity to network with professionals and family members from across the country.

Family Registration Waivers

Family members of young children with disabilities between the ages of 0 and 8 can apply for a registration waiver (free conference registration!).

You can learn more and apply for the waiver here. Applications for family registration waivers are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Family Scholarships

DEC will be offer three $750 scholarships plus free registration for families attending the DEC 2020 conference. The scholarships funding can be used for travel, child care, lodging, etc.

You can apply for the scholarship here. Please submit your application by June 15th, 2020 for consideration. The scholarship may not cover your entire costs. The sample Family Support Letter below offers guidance on securing additional funding.

Support Letter for Family Members attending DEC 2020

The DEC Family Committee has designed a template that you can use in requesting funding from sources in your state.

You can customize the letter to represent your request. The letter is available to download here.

If you have any questions, please email conference@dec-sped.org.

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