Voices from the Field: Interview with Toni Whitaker

Supporting Children and Families

Toni Whitaker

Toni Whitaker, MD, is a Professor of Pediatrics and the Division Chief of Developmental Pediatrics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. She directs the UTHSC Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and serves as consultant and Ambassador to Tennessee for CDC’s Learn the Signs. Act Early. program.

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Technologies to Support Students, Including Those with Disabilities, Showcased at the ED Games Expo 2023

ED Games Expo 2023
By the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 29, 2023) — Last week the U.S. Department of Education held its 9th annual ED Games Expo, Sept. 19-22. The annual event showcased game-changing education technology (EdTech) created through more than 50 programs across the government to the public.

During the Special Education & Technology Showcase, speakers emphasized the need for accessibility and inclusion considerations at the beginning of product development and discussed available tools and products used to help ensure accessibility.

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OSEP Releases New Fast Facts on Children Identified with Intellectual Disability

OSEP Fast Facts: Children Identified with Intellectual Disability. In School Year 2021-22, students identified with intellectual disability were more likely to be served inside a regular class less than 40% of the day than all students with disabilities.

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) released a new OSEP Fast Facts: Children Identified with Intellectual Disability, which explores our Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 618 data. This Fast Fact takes a closer look at our data on children whose primary disability is intellectual disability. 

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