Message from the Director

Welcome to the Toni Jennings Exceptional Education Institute (TJEEI). Our institute is a dynamic collection of faculty and students guided by a goal to improve the lives of people with disabilities and their families. This is accomplished through research, education, demonstration services and technical assistance.

A consumer advisory council of individuals with disabilities, family members and staff liaisons advise the Center for Persons with Disabilities director about the institute’s impact on systems change, advocacy and capacity building. The council approves the TJEEI’s annual goals and reviews progress towards their accomplishments.

TJEEI research adds to knowledge about disability — its causes, diagnoses and best ways to accommodate it in daily life. Our programs pass research-based techniques onto educators, families and service providers in the community. Demonstration services further bolster training by providing a real-world environment where techniques are tried and trainees learn to provide services in their field. Service recipients benefit from the expertise of the institute, which provides education, evaluation and treatment. Technical assistance is provided to entities requiring help as they implement policies relating to disability.

Eleazar Vasquez, Ph.D.
Director, Toni Jennings Exceptional Education Institute