About Exceptional Individuals

Exceptional Individuals is a journal designed to be a communication vehicle to all NYS CEC members by providing articles and resources as well as information on the activities of various NYS CEC Chapters and divisions.

We encourage individuals to submit material of interest to NYS CEC members, especially articles for publication. The editors of Exceptional Individuals have an open submissions policy and field submissions on a wide variety of practical issues confronting special education teachers, administrators, and parents of children with disabilities. We encourage submissions that include multiple authors representing the diversity of professional roles within the field. We seek to publish original work that describes: action research; research with an applied focus; specific instructional and management interventions; works that help us understand under-represented points of view (i.e., those of children, youth, families) concerning children’s exceptionality, schooling, or special education; issues in reform of service delivery, curriculum, and roles; strategies for fostering and/or improving special education professional development; information pertaining to state and federal legislation, rules, and regulations; and issues related to the effectiveness of special education or specific practices.

Authors are encouraged to be mindful that the purpose of a professional journal is not to publish all manuscripts having merit but to select those having the greatest merit given the aims and scope of the journal within the limitations of available space. If you have any questions about the appropriateness of your work for Exceptional Individuals, please contact the co-editors.

The current issue of Exceptional Individuals is available online.

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Submit An Article

Have an idea for an article in Exceptional Individuals? Perhaps it fits one of these sections:

  • Strategy Section- Have you researched or implemented a new strategy that seems promising? This section helps to bridge the research-to-practice gap by introducing research-based strategies that teachers and practitioners can implement with their students. 
  • Teacher's Corner- Currently teaching and doing something you'd like to share with colleagues? Use this as a place to share practical approaches that work in the classroom. We are looking for submissions on instructional strategies for specific populations or in specific content areas, behavioral interventions, progress monitoring and assessment and assistive or instructional technology. Please be sure to send us your name, the school where you teach and grade/content area, along with a stunning self-portrait to print along with your suggestions. Please limit to 1-page. 
  • Student Innovations- Are you in an undergraduate or graduate program in special education? Working on a research project that you would like to share? Send a synopsis of your research, along with your name, year in school, the  name and location of the institution you attend, and a “selfie” to print along with your innovative work. We are always looking for research about instructional strategies, behavior management techniques, assessment, technology, and any other places your research has taken you! Please limit to 1-page.
To submit an article for consideration, use the form below.

Contact Information

Meet the Editors
Dr. Annmarie Urso
SUNY Geneseo

Dr. Dee Berlinghoff
Mt. St. Mary College
Exceptional Individuals is provided with NYS CEC membership.  Copies of Exceptional Individuals are generally abstracted in Resources in Education and Exceptional Children Service.
Items for publication are due to the editor by March 1 for Spring, May 1 for Summer, June 1 for Fall. and August 1 for Winter.


Exceptional Individuals is the sole publication of the New York State Council for Exceptional Children and is read by over 3000 educators, administrators, state education officials, faculty, students, and parents across New York State. 

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