Tyler was humbled and flattered to receive the national Yes, I Can award from the Council for Exceptional Children. The annual convention was held in Boston, Massachusetts. Only two students are picked nationally for each Yes, I Can award. Several members of the West High School staff and the Iowa Council of Administrators Special Education (CASE) were in attendance.
CEC is proud to recognize children and youth with exceptionalities who have demonstrated their determination and achievements in multiple ways. Presented each year at the CEC Convention & Expo, the Yes I Can Awards recognize 12 outstanding students with exceptionalities in six categories: Academics, Arts, School & Community Activities, Self-Advocacy, Technology, and Transition.
The Yes, I Can Self-Advocacy Award recognizes students and youth with exceptionalities who have demonstrated achievement that far exceeds expectations in assuming practical responsibility for oneself, using knowledge of legal rights, advancing one’s goals, or advocating for one’s needs, such as effectively obtaining appropriate accommodations for oneself or others.
The Yes I Can Awards Ceremony is the highlight of every CEC Convention & Expo. Recipients and their families, with travel stipends from CEC, will join convention attendees as they are honored.
Senator Ted Kennedy was in attendance for the ceremony. He was a guest speaker and received an honorary Yes, I Can award for his advocacy work for kids with disabilities. Each of the twelve award recipients received an autographed copy of his newest book.