At a State level, the Council served for a number of years as the Advisory Council for Exceptional Children with a primary mandate to advise the State Board of Education of the educational needs of exceptional children. Delaware Senate Bill 353, passed in 1977, gave the Council its present name and expanded its responsibilities to cover the human service needs (including education) of exceptional citizens of all ages.
At a federal level, the Council serves as the State Advisory Panel for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its amendments.
GACEC staff includes an Executive Director, Wendy Strauss, an Officer Manager, Kathie Cherry, and an Administrative Coordinator, Sybil White, each funded at 37.5 hours per week. The Executive Director performs administrative responsibilities, prepares Council reports and correspondence, and has liaison responsibilities specifically with the Department of Education (DOE) and generally within Delaware’s human services delivery system.
GACEC is a volunteer Council and holds scheduled meetings which are open to the public. Officers are elected annually, with the elected chairperson responsible for providing the Council its primary leadership and supervision for the staff members. The Board of Directors consists of the officers, committee co-chairs, and the Past Chairperson. The Council developed and is guided by its By-Laws, and a Code of Ethics to effectively discharge its diverse responsibilities.
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