Council for Exceptional Children was the first advocacy organization for children with disabilities. This group was established by students and faculty members concerned with the education of children with disabilities. CEC has played a huge role in the development of the field, the design and advocacy of special education legislation, and the passage of six successful re-authorizations of IDEA. The main focus for CEC is to advocate for all children with disabilities receive a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment and the promotion and development of the profession of special education. This event was important in the history of special education, because it started the advocacy for students with disabilities and worked with the legislation.