Yes I Can! Awards

Honoring Children and Youth Who Shine!

The Yes I Can! International Awards Program was established in 1981 to celebrate the achievements of children and youth with disabilities; to encourage children and youth with disabilities to seek their highest potential; and to increase public awareness of the abilities, aspirations, and personal qualities of people with disabilities.

Each year children and youth with disabilities (ages 2-21)  are recognized for their accomplishments through the Yes I Can!  International  Awards Program. Yes I Can! Awards nominations will be accepted in the following categories:

ACADEMICS – achievement in a particular subject area such as math, science, reading, social studies, language arts, foreign languages, etc. or a high level of achievement on standardized tests, etc.

ARTS – achievement in a particular medium such as music, art, drama, dance, or written expression, etc.

SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES – contributions to the school or community  in organized activities through groups such as Boy/Girl Scouts, Special Olympics,  church, clubs, or   through activities such as volunteer work, youth work, clean-up campaigns, etc.

SELF-ADVOCACY – achievement in assuming practical responsibility for oneself, using knowledge of legal rights, advancing one’s goals, and/or effective in obtaining appropriate accommodations for oneself.

TECHNOLOGY – significant achievement through the use of computerized devices and equipment.

TRANSITION (Independent Living, Work or Vocational Training)achievement  through mastering activities for daily self-efficiency such as personal hygiene, cooking, dressing, use of public transportation; work experience in either workshop settings or the competitive job market.


Award Benefits 

Montana Council for Exceptional Children recognizes one student from each of the five CSPD Regions.  Winners will be recognized at the Montana Council for Exceptional Children Conference Awards Luncheon at the Hilton Garden Inn in Missoula on February 20, 2020.

Each Yes I Can Award winner will:

  • Recognized at a special awards ceremony and celebration on February 20, 2020 at the Montana Council for Exceptional Children Conference   at the Hilton Garden Inn in Missoula Montana
  • Receive travel reimbursement to Missoula Montana
  • Provided lunch for the winner and two guests at the awards ceremony.
  • Receive a Yes I Can certificate and award.
  • Be featured on Montana CEC’s convention website.
  • Be nominated for the National CEC YES I CAN Award for 2021.

Click the button below to fill out the online nomination form (preferred) .  The form is also available to download and mail in.

Deadline for nominations:  January 14, 2020

If you have any questions about the Yes I Can Awards program, please contact Lowell Long at [email protected]  or 406 945-4209 

Online Nomination Form
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MCEC Professional Awards

Professional Awards give us a unique opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of our colleagues. Through these awards, we recognize the special translogoeducators who have advanced the field and the quality of special education service, as well as CEC members whose contributions have moved the Council forward in significant ways.

  • Teacher of the Year:  This award honors a MCEC member who currently provides direct services to students with exceptionalities and whose work exemplifies the best in special education teaching.
  • Business Award:  This award recognizes a business or corporation that has provided for the employment and enhancement of individuals with exceptionalities in order to promote and support their full participation in the community.
  • Public Service Award: This award recognizes an individual who has who exhibits unwavering dedication to supporting children, youth and adults with exceptionalities.
  • Special Education Research Award:  This award recognizes an individual or research team whose research has made significant contributions to the education of children and youth with exceptionalities.
  • Outstanding Leadership Award:  This award honors a CEC member who has made significant contributions to the Council’s programs and activities at the local, state/provincial and national/international level over an extended period of time.
  • Special Education Lifetime Achievement Award:  This award recognizes an individual who has made continued and sustained contributions to the education of children and youth with exceptionalities.

Click button below to submit a nomination.  Send letter of nomination and letters of support to:

Lowell Long, MCEC Past President,   email: [email protected]  or mail to P.O. Box 1144, Chinook, MT 59523 Questions:  contact Lowell at 406 945-4209.

Nominations are due January 14, 2020