Institute on Disabilities Marks 40 Years
The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, College of Education marked its 40th anniversary with a celebration on May 23, 2013 on the university's main campus.
Honoree William Brewer (center) with his parents William and Teri Brewer. More photos below.
More than 125 people gathered in Mitten Hall to recognize the Institute's accomplishments and to honor 20 individuals and organizations that exemplify the mission of the Institute and have worked to improve the lives of people with disabilities and their families.
The honorees ranged from policy makers such as US Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. and Sen. Christine Tartaglione, to parents like Mary Mikus, now working with in Early Intervention Technical Assistance and Ceclia Lee, a tireless advocate for her five-year old son, and finally to self-advocates William Brewer. The six organizations honored represented a variety of services and supports in Pennsylvania including Pennsylvania's Education for All Coalition and Pennsylvania's Coalition Against Rape. For a complete list of honorees, go to the website: http://disabilities.temple.edu/about/forty.shtml
Special recognition awards were given to Kathy Sykes, Director, Philadelphia Intellectual disAbility Services for her lifelong commitment in the field of disability and to Dr. James Earl Davis, Dean of the College of Education at Temple University.
Cheryl Bullock accepts award for US Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr., from Institute Co-Executive Director Amy Goldman.
Honoree State Senator Christine Tartaglione accepting award, with Co-Executive Directors Amy Goldman and Celia Feinstein.
Honoree Mary Mikus along with Jim Lemanowicz, Assistant Director of Research at the Institute.
Honoree Cecilia Lee along with son Alexander and Co-Executive Directors Amy Goldman and Celia Feinstein.
Honoree Kathy Sykes, Director, Philadelphia Intellectual disAbility Services, withAmy Goldman and Celia Feinstein.
Institute Co-Executive Directors Amy Goldman and Celia Feinstein present award to College of Education Dean James Earl Davis.
State Senator Shirley Kitchen reads a proclamation from Pennsylvania Senate.
Betsy Leebron Tutelman, Senior Vice Provost, Strategic Initiatives and Communications, Temple University (left) with Dr. Julie Kessler, College of Education.
Honorees Jay Layman, Capital Associates, Inc. and Rep. Gene DiGirolamo along with George Kenney, Director, Commonwealth & Federal Affairs, Temple University.
Ken Lawrence, Senior Vice President for Government, Community and Public Affairs; Celia Feinstein, Institute Co-Executive Director; James Earl Davis, Dean, College of Education at Temple University.