Policy Consultant
The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA)
United States

Sharon Walsh, Co-Director of Walsh Taylor Incorporated, has worked in the field of special education and early intervention for over 30 years.  She currently provides consultation to state and local agencies (e.g. SEAs, state lead agencies for Part C, school districts and local lead agencies) on the implementation of Part C and Part B of IDEA. She also is the Governmental Relations Consultant for the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children (DEC) and the IDEA Infant and Toddler Coordinators Association (ITCA), which is the national association representing the state Part C lead agencies.  Sharon also works as a consultant on the federally funded Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA) and the Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy). 

Sharon taught in a large suburban school district in early childhood and served as the district’s IEP Specialist, developing policies and procedures and designing and implementing training programs on the implementation of P.L. 94-142 when it was enacted.  She also has worked for several OSEP funded projects including The Data Accountability Center (DAC) and the National Center for Special Education Monitoring (NCSEAM); for the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE); and for LRP Publications serving as the Editor of The Early Childhood Report.  Sharon also served for several years as the Court Appointed Monitor in the federal Part C case, Marie O.