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Five-Year Plan 2012-2017

Read our federally-approved, 5-year plan, detailing our goals and objectives for the years 2012 through 2017.

Goal 1: More People with Disabilities are Employed

  • 1.1: Improve the ability of employment professionals(e.g. job coaches, vocational rehabilitation counselors, vocational/technical instructors) to support individuals with disabilities through training and technical assistance.
  • 1.2: Increase employer, human resources manager, and employee awareness of accommodations for employees with disabilities.
  • 1.3: Increase the employability of individuals with disabilities.
  • 1.4: Provide training to people with disabilities and their families to improve their understanding of how paid employment affects their benefits.
  • 1.5: Engage in policy related efforts aimed at increasing employment and better employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

GOAL 2: Inclusive Education Across the Lifespan: In 5 years, schools (K-12 and Post-secondary) will be inclusive of more students with diverse disabilities.

  • 2.1: Reflecting current research, data and best practices, provide training and technical assistance to families, K-12 school personnel, undergraduate and graduate students and university faculty and staff, promoting inclusive education.
  • 2.2: The undergraduate and graduate Disability Studies curriculum will be revised, marketed and implemented at Temple University.
  • 2.3: Continue to provide access to higher education for students with developmental disabilities.

GOAL 3: Access to Technology: Provide information and opportunities for Pennsylvanians with disabilities and older Pennsylvanians to make informed choices in accessing and acquiring assistive technology.

  • 3.1: Implement the Pennsylvania State Plan on Assistive Technology (AT).
  • 3.2: Train educators, students, families, and policy makers so that they have the knowledge needed to advocate for the AT devices and services needed to be included in every phase of life.
  • 3.3: Integrate principles of assistive/instructional technology and universal design into undergraduate and graduate training.
  • 3.4: Promote and disseminate current practices and resources related to assistive technology and accessible information technology, including the World Wide Web, using both traditional and emerging technology.

GOAL 4: People with Disabilities of All Ages and Their Families Have the Knowledge, Resources, Networks, Supports and Services to Live Self-Determined Lives

  • 4.1: Measure outcomes regarding quality of life of people with disabilities supported by the intellectual disability system in PA.
  • 4.2: Provide training and technical assistance to families to assist them in developing and planning for the formal and informal supports their families need.
  • 4.3: Provide training and technical assistance regarding leadership development to assist people with disabilities and families to lead meaningful, self-determined, contributing, and integrated lives.
  • 4.4: Provide training and technical assistance to people with disabilities, families and professionals regarding integrated lives for people with autism.
  • 4.5: Provide training and technical assistance to people with disabilities and families regarding person directed services
  • 4.6: Provide technical assistance to government agencies regarding policy development with regard to person directed services.
  • 4.7: Provide training and technical assistance to agencies on recruiting and retaining a competent work force at school, work, home, etc.
  • 4.8: Provide training and technical assistance to medical and allied health professionals.
  • 4.9: Provide training and technical assistance to people with disabilities who are unserved or underserved with a focus on people who are members of ethnic minorities, homeless, etc.
  • 4.10: Through the Department on Aging, develop and implement Outcome assessment for people receiving supports.
  • 4.11: Provide people with disabilities and family members supports and services they need to participate fully in leadership roles in their communities, e.g. as board members, lead trainers, teachers and mentors of other family members and people with disabilities.
  • 4.12: Provide training on state of the art practices to broad stakeholder groups.

GOAL 5: Transition: Promote successful life transitions that naturally occur across the life span. People are empowered through informed decisions/choices for transitions that are safe and appropriate for all involved

  • 5.1: Early Intervention/Pre-School: Birth to Five - Stakeholders are informed of options and opportunities for best practices for young children's changing development and education.
  • 5.2: (Ages 5-21) Develop training and technical assistance on at least two phases of transition, the first focusing on the student's multiple transitions in school and the second preparing students for life after school.
  • 5.3: In collaboration with stakeholders, develop metrics for determining the success of various transition models.
  • 5.4: (Ages 22+) Training and technical assistance will be developed regarding living arrangements, post-secondary education, employment and full community membership for adults and older adults.

GOAL 6: People with Disabilities are Healthy and Safe

  • 6.1: Improve the treatment of people with disabilities as they come into contact with the criminal justice system as victims, witnesses, defendants, and convicted offenders.
  • 6.2: The direct involvement of people with disabilities and families in emergency planning efforts will be increased to improve the quality and relevance of those efforts.
  • 6.3: In the event of an emergency or disaster, the needs of survivors for assistive technology (AT) will be addressed through AT reuse programs.
  • 6.4: Provide training and technical assistance to people with disabilities and families regarding personal safety and sexual health.
  • 6.5: Assist in the implementation of the Adult Protective Services Act (APS) by providing training to people with disabilities, families, advocates and providers.

Institute on Disabilities at Temple University
Pennsylvania's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service