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YEC Special Issue Call for Manuscripts: Promoting Inclusive Practices to Advance Equity, Diversity, and Social Justice

YEC Special Issue Call for Manuscripts

Issue 28 Volume 1, March 2025

Young Exceptional Children (YEC), the leading practitioner journal to support young children birth to age 8 with disabilities, and their families, is seeking articles focused on promoting inclusive practices that advance equity, diversity, and social justice for the March 2025 Issue. Enhancing and sustaining opportunities for young children with support needs, including children with disabilities, to engage in inclusive environments is a core feature of high-quality early intervention and early childhood special education experiences. We are soliciting articles that include innovative strategies that will advance the field towards universally accessible inclusive environments for all young children.


Successful submissions will reflect the following features:

  • Include innovative strategies that enhance engagement in and access to inclusive settings for young children with support needs and their families/caretakers

  • Address equity, diversity, and social justice for young children and their families

  • Include at least one author whose current role is a practitioner, educator, or family member supporting young children with support needs. This may also include an author with lived experiences with disability.

  • Support DEC in actualizing the action steps highlighted in DEC’s Racial Equity Point of View



Due Date: August 31, 2024


If you have questions or need support crafting and submitting your paper, please contact guest Co-editor of special issue (Zhe An

As a part of this call, we are recruiting manuscript reviewers with the following areas of expertise/experience:

  • Lived disability experience

  • Lived experience as a family member or caregiver of a person with a disability

  • Currently working as an educator or service provider for young children and their caregivers in early intervention or early childhood special education

Guest Co-Editors:

Dr. Zhe Gigi An, University of Wisconsin (, and TBD

Contact the editor or guest co-editor if you are interested in reviewing the manuscripts submitted

for this special issue.


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