Institute Events and Trainings
Institute on Disabilities at Temple University


2016 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.

Coming This Spring—Registration Now Open!

April 6, 2016
Fierce Love and Parental Activism

Moderated by: Ronnie Polaneczky

WEDNESDAY APRIL 6, 2016 at Temple University

9:30 AM - 12:30 PM. 8:30 AM registration and coffee
Temple University, Student Center Room 200 A/B
1755 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122 Directions and Parking

This Mini Course Lecture Series event will feature two round table discussions about the fierce love required to parent a child with an intellectual disability, or to parent as a person with an intellectual disability. Both discussions moderated by award winning Philadelphia Daily News journalist Ronnie Polaneczky.

About the Moderator
Ronnie Polaneczky
has been an award-winning columnist for The Philadelphia Daily News since 1999. Before joining the Daily News, she was the editor-in-chief of Atlantic City Magazine, associate editor at Philadelphia Magazine and, as a freelance writer, has been published in Ladies Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Reader's Digest, Men's Health, MarieClaire and others.

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Discussion One: A Brief History of Fierce Love and Parental Activism

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

This panel will explore the experiences of parenting a child with an intellectual disability in the mid-twentieth century before the emergence of community support systems and the role of parent activism in fighting to secure civil rights and create modern supports.


Joe Angelo
Past President and Founder of The Arc of Indiana County; Past President, The Arc of Pennsylvania

Allison Carey, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Interdisciplinary Minor in Disability Studies at Shippensburg University

Kate Fialkowski
Sibling Advocate; Former Executive Director, The Arc Maryland; Former Kennedy Public Policy Fellow, member Sibling Leadership Network; MTS Bioethics (May 2016), Catholic University of America; 2015-16 AAUW Career Development Grantee.

Eva Feder Kittay, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Stony Brook University/SUNY

Discussion Two: Contemporary Issues and New Family Forms

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Picking up where A Brief History left off, this panel will discuss contemporary issues confronting families, the changing landscape of parent activism, and the increasing recognition of and activism among parents with intellectual disabilities.


Sandra Azar, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, Penn State University

Harold Braswell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Health Care Ethics, Saint Louis University

Carolyn Morgan
Past president, co-founder, Self-Advocates United as One

Nancy Thaler
Deputy Secretary, Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs

More information

  • This event is FREE.
  • Registration is required.
  • Act 48 credits available.
  • Permission to offer Social Work CEs has been requested.
  • Requests for accommodations must submitted with your registration, by March 21, 2016.

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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 Pennsylvania.