Joey Ellis currently serves as Director of Youth Services at STEP (Support and Training for Exceptional Parents). Joey joined TNSTEP July of 2011. He holds a B.S. Special Education from the University of Tennessee at Martin and has 5 years of teaching experience in both CDC and Resource settings. As a person who experiences disability, a mild form of Cerebral Palsy, Joey had an IEP growing up. He watched as his parents advocated for his rights and he eventually began advocating for his own rights. Joey is passionate about helping both students with special needs and their families. His areas of expertise and special interest are transition planning, Autism, and Cerebral Palsy.