TJEEI Mission / Message from Director

Welcome to the Toni Jennings Exceptional Education Institute at the University of Central
Florida. TJEEI 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 done through research,
education, demonstration services and technical assistance.
A portrait image of Dr. Vasquez

A consumer advisory council composed of individuals with disabilities, family members, and
staff liaisons advises the CPD director about the Institute’s impact on systems change,
advocacy, and capacity building. The council approves the TJEEI’s annual goals and regular
reviews progress towards their accomplishments.

TJEEI research adds to the knowledge about disability, its causes, its diagnosis and best
ways to accommodate it in daily life. Our programs pass research based techniques on to
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 how to provide services in their field. The people who receive services benefit
from the expertise of the institute, which provides education, evaluation, and treatment to
people who need it. Technical assistance is provided to entities requiring help as they
implement policies relating to disability.