Cathy Roccia-Meier, MPP is the Project Director of Leadership Development at the Institute on Disabilities and Temple University and the parent of a young man on the autism spectrum. She provides training and technical assistance to families and individuals with disabilities across the state through the Philadelphia based Families First program and state-wide Confidence and Competence, Partners in Policymaking and Confidence and Competence Partners in Policymaking: Early Intervention programs. She has been an active advocate in the School District of Philadelphia, has served as a Chairperson for the Local Right to Education Task Force, is Vice President of Autism Sharing and Parenting and currently serves as a Philadelphia representative and Chairperson on Pennsylvania's Special Education Advisory Panel.