Maxx Christal and the California CEC Storm Capital Hill
The Council of Exceptional Children, CEC works to improve public policy affecting children and youth with disabilities and gifts and talents, their parents and the professionals who work with them, at all levels of government. The Summit held in Washington DFC was to support and push the, Supporting the Teaching Profession Through Revitalizing Investments in Valuable Educators (STRIVE) Act which addresses the California and National teacher shortage.
California was well represented at the summit with a strong legislative team. Additionally, the team had the unique representation from Santa Barbara of Maxx Christal, who is visually impaired.
Our meetings were highlighted by Maxx Christal discussing his special education programs and services. He also acknowledged those who have supported him. He will begin his senior year this fall. His participation as a student was acknowledged by CEC as a unique experience for the legislative summit. Maxx expressed his concern about all the students across the country that do not have the teachers and services that will help them be successful in life.
This note came from Jerry Hime, the Children’s Action Network (CAN) Coordinator for California: “This afternoon the CA CEC board had a conference call during which both Teresa Aceves and I discussed Maxx’s participation in the recent legislative seminar in Washington, DC. The board was very pleased and would like to recognize him for his efforts.” Although it was too late to nominate Maxx for the CEC Yes I Can! Award, the CA CEC board is planning on honoring him for his participation and contribution to the summit.