Institute Events and Trainings
Institute on Disabilities at Temple University


Fall 2015 Mini Course/Lecture Series on Disabilities

The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University hosts guest speakers and lecturers several times each year for its Mini Course/Lecture Series on Disabilities. Experts in a wide variety of fields including Disability Studies, Assistive Technology, Leadership Development, and Social Policy present lectures and programs to students, parents, teachers and other professionals in the field of disabilities.

 Multimedia archive of the Lecture Series
Listen to or view select presenters from past Mini Course Lecture Series events. Not all lectures are included in the archive.

Upcoming This Fall—Registration Now Open!

Wednesday, October 21
The Importance of Belonging
presented by David Pitonyak

PHOTO of presenter David Pitonyak


9:30 AM - NOON (Registration begins at 8:30 AM)
Registration is recommended.
Jump to online registration form now.

Harrisburg Hilton
1 North 2nd Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101

About the Presentation

A sense of belonging is critical to our well-being. David believes that a source of suffering for many people is not their experience with disability, but rather the isolation that often results from the experience of disability.

This workshop will examine the importance of relationships in our lives and ideas for helping people to build positive, enduring relationships.

About the Presenter

PHOTO of presenter David Pitonyak David Pitonyak is interested in positive approaches to difficult behaviors. He believes that difficult behaviors are "messages" which can tell us important things about a person and his or her surroundings. Understanding the "meaning" of an individual's difficult behaviors is the first step in supporting the person (and the person's supporters) to change. David has consulted with families and professionals in the US, Canada, England, Ireland and the Netherlands. He lives in Blacksburg, Virginia with his wife Cyndi and two sons, Joe and Sam.

Special Reception

At 12:30, join us for a light lunch and gallery talk facilitated by David Pitonyak at the Capitol Rotunda for Here. Stories from Selinsgrove Center and KenCrest Services.

Introduction from
Nancy Thaler, Deputy Secretary, Office of Developmental Programs and
Kevin Dressler, Director of State Operated Intermediate Care Facilities.


Register Online for October 21 Lecture

More information

  • This event is FREE.
  • Registration is recommended.
  • Requests for accommodations must submitted by October 5.
  • Act 48 Credits available. Permission to offer Social Work CEs has been requested. Please indicate on registration form.

The Mini Course Lecture Series is a program of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University. Co-sponsors: Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council and Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania.