The Council for Exceptional Children represents the interests of educators, youth and adults on a local, national and international level. The Pinellas County Special Olympics Florida program is made possible through the generosity of local individuals, civic clubs, businesses and corporations. Athletes participate in the program at no cost. The program depends on volunteers and donations, otherwise the program would not exist.
Their website states: Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competition to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They serve approximately 1400 athletes in Pinellas.
The College of Education offers five specialized courses that give students who major in Exceptional Student Education (ESE) the additional tools they need to be successful teachers. Students can earn a Reading and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement through the program and are eligible to take the general education certification as well. These extra endorsements make students valuable job candidates to school systems. SPC offers continuing education for ESE coursework and autism endorsements.
Selected job profiles for careers in exceptional education can be viewed online from the U.S. Dept. of Labor Occupational Handbook 2012-2013 – Teachers–Special Education.
Donations in the form of cash or checks or items such as water, food, transportation, office supplies, and equipment, uniforms or shoes for our athletes.