A Kansas University professor was honored Thursday by the Kansas Federation of the Council for Exceptional Children.
Nancy Peterson, professor of special education, was presented an award of excellence at the 30th annual convention of the CEC, held Thursday and Friday at the Lawrence Holidome, 200 McDonald Dr.
Peterson is an educator of teachers at KU and an author of a widely used book, "Early Intervention for Handicapped and At-Risk Children," about early childhood special education.
She has strongly influenced Kansas' development of early childhood programs, and services for young children with special needs and their families, according to the CEC.
"It's rather special and it's a particular honor to have your colleagues recognize you for your work in special education," she said.
Peterson, who has been at KU for 23 years, is chair of the Kansas Interagency Council for Early Childhood Developmental Services, which is responsible for planning and organizing interagency services for young children with disabilities and their families in Kansas.
Members of the council include the secretaries of the state departments of social and rehabilitation services, and health and environment and the commissioner of the Kansas Board of Education.
The CEC conference featured several workshops and vendors for educators of the blind and visually impaired, and the hearing impaired. Psychologists, social workers and administrators also attended.