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The Institute Mourns the Passing of Autimn Nelson
A graduate of both the Academy for Adult Learning and Competence and Confidence: Partners in Policymaking - Emerging and Established Leaders, Autimn is remembered fondly by the entire Institute staff as well as Academy students and mentors from his graduation year (2011) and in the years since.
More about Autimn Nelson
New Institute Program—"Access Beyond the Stacks"—Featured in Local Newspaper
A new Institute program called "Access Beyond the Stacks" was featured in the Daily Local News, a newspaper covering Chester County. The story details the delivery of and training on new equipment at the Chester County Library in Exton. The equipment is designed to assist library patrons with vision loss to read books, magazines, and other items with greater ease and independence.
Read about Access Beyond the Stacks in the Daily Local News
Institute on Disabilities Releases New Video - "Autism and First Responders: Seeing Beyond the Smoke"
20-minute video helps increase awareness and inform first responders and others who support people with autism.
Read about the project and access "Autism and First Responders"
WEBINAR: Are You Ready? Emergency Preparedness for Individuals with Disabilities
This free webinar will discuss personal preparedness strategies in preparing individuals who have a variety of needs for disasters and emergencies. Join Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology on September 12, 2014 - 10:00am - 11:30am (EST).
Register and learn more about this webinar
Institute on Disabilities at Temple University Awarded Exhibits and Public Interpretation Grant from Pew Center for Arts & Heritage
The Institute on Disabilities is awarded a grant for its play "A Fierce Kind of Love" from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
Exhibits and Public Interpretation Grant - Full Story
Webinar: Exploring Assistive Technology (AT) for Autism
A look at examples of assistive technology to help with the functional needs of those on the autism spectrum. Date/time: Thursday, May 29, 3:00 p.m. EST.
AT Webinar details
Institute on Disabilities Hosts Senator Bob Casey
U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania visited Temple to discuss the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act — "The ABLE Act."
Press Conference Details
Institute Making the Most of A.T. Devices
The Institute has been matching devices to Temple University students and providing training on how to use them.
More about the Assistive Technology Device Demonstrations
Webinar: Emergency Shelters, Assistive Technology and the ADA
An overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements for emergency shelters. Date/time: May 28th 1:30-3:00pm EST.
Passing of a Visionary: Trina Losinno
The Institute mourns the passing of Trina Losinno, who was dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities in Pennsylvania. Her passion and enthusiasm was evident during her interview for the Institute's Visionary Voices project. Her interview will be added to the Visionary Voices section of our website within the next several months. A tribute to Trina Losinno can be found on the SPIN website.
Co-Executive Director Travels to New Delhi for UNESCO Briefing Session
Co-executive director Amy S. Goldman participated in the G3ict Accessibility Week in New Delhi, India. Experts from around the world gathered to share information and ideas about a wide variety of communication issues that affect people with disabilities.
Read the story - more about G3ict
Co-Executive Director Presents Testimony Before the Health and Welfare Committee, PA House of Representatives
Celia S. Feinstein testified on Pennsylvania's progress on implementing the 1999 U.S. Supreme Court "Olmstead" decision.
Read the story and access full testimony
WEBINAR: Emergency Shelters, Assistive Technology and the ADA
Registration is now open for this overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements for emergency shelters. Join Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology on April 7th, 2014 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (EST)
Register and learn more about the upcoming webinar
The Institute on Television
The Institute on Disabilities was recently featured on two news programs.
More about recent news coverage
Symposium: Disability and Change - March 26 at Temple University's Main Campus
Wednesday, March 26, 2014: Hosted by the Interdisciplinary Faculty Council on Disability at Temple University, the symposium investigates disability and change, with speakers examining practical, philosophical, and historical issues that hinge on the idea of in-betweenness, fluidity, and movement between spaces, places, and ways of being.
Registration, schedule, and more information about the Disability and Change Symposium
Webinar March 4: Hearing Equipment
Registration now open for a free webinar about Medical Assistance and hearing-related services, on Tuesday, March 4. The webinar is part of a free webinar series on durable medical equipment and Medicaid Managed Care.
More about the Hearing Equipment Webinar
Register now for Spring 2014 Mini Course Lectures
The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University hosts guest speakers and lecturers in order to present lectures and programs to students, parents, teachers and other professionals in the field of disabilities.
More about the Spring 2014 Mini Course Lectures.
Webinar March 11: Repairing Your Device
Registration is now open for a free webinar about durable medical equipment maintenance and repair services covered by Medical Assistance managed care health plans, on Tuesday, March 11. The webinar is part of a free webinar series on durable medical equipment and Medicaid Managed Care.
More about the Repairing Your Device Webinar
Family Webinars + Free Consultants + Leadership Network = C2P2FL
C2P2FL (Competence and Confidence Partners in Policymaking: Family Leadership for Inclusive Education in Non-Traditional Schools) offers webinars and access to free parent consultants with a focus on families of students who are homeschooled, educated in cyber charter schools, charter schools, private schools or parochial schools to offer leadership development training, guidance and technical assistance to help achieve true inclusion for children.
Register for the next C2P2 webinar
What is IM4Q? Why is IM4Q Important?
The Independent Monitoring for Quality (IM4Q) project conducts interviews to learn about the overall quality of life for people with disabilities in Pennsylvania.
More about IM4Q
Criminal Justice Program a Feature Story at Temple University
The Institute's criminal justice program is featured on Temple Today, Temple University's daily online news source, on Friday, January 31.
Criminal Justice in Temple Today - Read the Story
Institute on Disabilities Receives William Penn Grant
The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University receives a grant for its play "A Fierce Kind of Love" from the William Penn Foundation.
William Penn Foundation Grant - Full Story
Institute Co-Executive Director Appointed to Committee for People with Communication Needs
Amy S. Goldman has been appointed to the National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Communication Disabilities.
National Joint Committee Appointment - Full Story
New Program: C2P2 Family Leadership for Inclusive Education in Non-Traditional Schools
This new program helps families ensure that their children are afforded a quality education in the least restrictive environment (LRE) in non-traditional educational settings.
More about C2P2 Family Leadership
TakeFIVE - New Institute Project
A new project provides funding, training and support for faith-based and community organizations to develop or expand a volunteer respite program for families of children with special health care needs.
More about TakeFIVE
New at IOD - Inclusive Leadership in Action
New program is designed to train community organizations to recruit and support individuals with disabilities to be contributing members of their decision-making boards.
More about Inclusive Leadership in Action
November is Assistive Technology Awareness Month in Pennsylvania
Read the Governor's proclamation and the Senate resolution
Additions to Pennsylvania's Assistive Technology Lending Library
New items have been added to hundreds already available from Pennsylvania's Assistive Technology Lending Library (PA ATLL). The Lending Library seeks emails with a stories about how the PA ATLL helped you, a loved one, a co-worker or a friend.
More about additions to the Lending Library
Institute and Disability Rights Network Offer Free Webinar Series on Durable Medical Equipment and Medicaid Managed Care
"Getting Durable Medical Equipment (DME) through Pennsylvania Medical Assistance (Medicaid) Managed Care" will address the topic in four parts.
Durable Medical Equipment and Medicaid Webinar Series - Full Story
Institute on Disabilities Partners on Program to Bring iPads to Children with Disabilities
The Institute on Disabilities and Variety are partners in an exciting new program designed to bring iPads to eligible families, funded by a grant from the Comcast Foundation.
iPads for Children - Full Story
Institute Celebrates ACES 2013 Program
After a year of preparation and two weeks of hard work, participants, staff and friends and family were ready to celebrate.
ACES - Full Story
New Institute Program Gives First Demonstration
The program funded by the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation offers demonstrations of equipment designed to assist people who have limited movement due to a spinal cord injury to function independently in the home, office and community.
Environmental Access Program - Full Story
Dennis E. Haggerty, Esq. Dies at Age 85
Mr. Haggerty spent the better portion of his life and career changing the world for people with intellectual and physical disabilities.
Dennis Haggerty - Full Story
The Institute on Disabilities Presents the Annual Fialkowski Family Disability Studies Award
The Scholarship is awarded to a Temple University graduate student who exemplifies the mission and vision of the Institute and who has demonstrated excellence in the areas of community inclusion, integration or disability rights.
Annual Award - Full Story
Institute on Disabilities Sponsors Annual Expo in Harrisburg
Institute staff members met with policy makers, their staff and other visitors to the capital to introduce the Institute's programs and projects.
Annual Expo - Full Story
Institute on Disabilities Unveils Commissioned Painting
The Institute unveiled a work by local artist Jaither West at the commencement celebration of the Institute's Academy for Adult Learning.
Painting Unveiled - Full Story
The Institute Welcomes Visitors from Dubai
The Institute on Disabilities hosts visitors from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from the Community Development Authority.
Dubai Guests - Full Story
First Annual Graduate Student Poster Session
The Institute on Disabilities hosted its first annual Graduate Student Poster Session.
First Annual Poster Session - Full Story
Institute on Disabilities Marks 40 Years
More than 125 gathered to recognize the Institute's accomplishments and to honor individuals and organizations that exemplify the mission of the Institute and have worked to improve the lives of people with disabilities and their families.
Celebrating Forty Years - Full Story
Mini Course Lecture Series on Long Term Support Services for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
Allen I. Bergman will present "Long Term Support Services for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities," May 1-2 at two locations in Pennsylvania.
Full Story - Mini Course Series
Institute Announces New Partnership
The Institute on Disabilities announces a partnership with the Institute for Schools and Society (ISS).
Public Reading of "A Fierce Kind of Love" - a Play in Progress
The Institute on Disabilities will host a reading of "A Fierce Kind of Love" on Monday, March 18, at the Christ Church Neighborhood House, in Philadelphia.
"A Fierce Kind of Love" - Full Story
Institute Partners with Disability Rights Network for Surveys
The Institute on Disabilities in partnership with the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania (DRNPA) has created two surveys to gather information about people with disabilities in Pennsylvania.
Institute Staff Member Named Fellow of National Organization
Institute assistant director James Lemanowicz will receive the designation of Fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD).
Staff Member is Fellow of AAIDD - Full Story
Institute Calls for Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC) Nominees
The Institute CAC serves as a liaison between the Institute and the community, with the goal for the members to promote and share the Institute's mission and help achieve the its vision.
Read about the CAC and apply