Don Whittecar, himself a person with disabilities (“PWD”) and an internationally known photographer and artist, founded TEI out of the gratitude he has for his numerous accomplishments, and in an effort to “pay it forward.”
“I have witnessed Mr. Whittecar’s national speeches, his training seminars, and his ability to develop ‘networks’ around these issues. I believe that he is both eminently qualified and well positioned to lead an effort to help employ persons with disabilities in the Literary, Visual and Performing Arts.”
- Brian DeAtley, Associate Manager, NISH Institute for Economic Empowerment
"The onset initiated numerous personal crises, including the loss of his career conducting Social/Education research. Fortunately he has graduate degrees and post-graduate education in both Psychology/Education and Fine Arts, allowing for an easier transition into his present profession as a Photographer/Artist. Today Don is an internationally recognized photographer having been given, by invitation, the front cover and a six page profile in LeicaView (Spring 2003) one of the world’s most prestigious photographic publications. He developed a photo specialty working with wildlife biologists recording animal behavior for their research studies."
- Virginia Commonwealth University, Start-Up USA
“Don and TEI are have worked with us on research, technical assistance, and resource development and dissemination. We believe that Don and TEI are dedicated to the advancement of artists with disabilities.”
- Teri Blankenship, M.Ed., Virginia Commonwealth University.
“Don’s work in photography is nationally recognized, and his advocacy is well-respected. We are proud to call Don a formal mentor of others working to start businesses in the Arts and Entertainment realm.”
- Cary Griffin, Senior Partner, Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC