CELEBRATING...40 Years of Excellence

"Fostering Change and Moving Forward"

Thursday, May 23, 2013
Owl Cove, Mitten Hall
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

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We honored the following individuals and organizations that have played a significant role in helping to achieve our vision of a society where all people are valued and respected.

Honored Individuals Honored Organizations
Stacy Kyle
Business Leadership Network/AHEDD
As project director for the Pennsylvania Business Leadership Network (PA BLN), Stacy has worked tirelessly to promote the employment of people with disabilities by building positive and productive relationships with employers. She has made sure PA BLN creates opportunities where employers can communicate, peer-to-peer, to provide candid assessments of hiring successes and challenges.
Community Integrated Services (CIS)
CIS is an innovative employment services organization serving job seekers and employers throughout Southeastern PA and Delaware. CIS has worked closely with the Institute developing internship sites and supporting our Academy for Adult Learning students and leadership development participants to find internship placements based on their interests and skills.
Inclusive Education
Mary Mikus
Parent/Early Intervention Technical Assistance
Mary is a strong family advocate for inclusive practices. Her journey of including all children in the fabric of community life began with the birth of her son Sean. After completing the Institute's C2P2-Early Intervention training program, Mary became the program coordinator and promoted family leadership in inclusive practices though several Institute initiatives. Mary is currently an educational consultant at Early Intervention Technical Assistance and the executor of the Sean King Inclusive Practices Fund.
Pennsylvania's Education for All Coalition (PEAC)
Pennsylvania's Education for All Coalition, Inc. (PEAC) is a community of parents, educators, and individuals with disabilities who believe that children of all backgrounds and abilities should be successfully educated together in their neighborhood schools within the general education curriculum. The Institute on Disabilities is proud to have been the incubator for PEAC when it first began in 2000.
Assistive Technology
Jay Layman
Capital Associates
From providing us with an introduction to then-Representative Phillips, prime sponsor for the Telecommunication Device Distribution Program (TDDP), to successfully advocating for funding for post-secondary students with disabilities to have semester-long loans of Assistive Technology (AT), Jay has embraced our efforts to promote access to AT. His advice continues to be invaluable in these ongoing efforts.
United Cerebral Palsy of Central Pennsylvania
UCP Central PA has been an Assistive Technology Resource Center for Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT) for almost 20 years. They have built on the device demonstration and reuse resources provided by the Institute with additional AT-related grants and contracts. UCP Central PA promotes the importance of AT devices and services, providing the highest quality technology-related services to individuals of all ages and disabilities.
Self-Determination / Leadership Development
Cecilia Lee
Cecilia is the mom of two beautiful children, Isabelle (age 8) and Alex (age 5), who happens to have a disability. From the moment Alex was born Cecilia has been the ultimate advocate for him, and through her advocacy has begun to advocate alongside other families. She has been a referral magnet for C2P2EI, her first introduction to the Institute on Disabilities.
Self Advocates United as 1
The mission of SAUI is to support the self-advocacy of people with disabilities for positive impact in our communities and in people's lives. SAU1 has been active in partnering with the Institute in a host of activities and projects, including The PA Training Partnership for People with Disabilities and Families and so many others.
William Brewer, Self-Advocate Trainer
The Pennsylvania Training Partnership for People with Disabilities and Families
We first met William when he attended and graduated from the Institute's leadership development program, Competence and Confidence: Partners in Policymaking in Transition. Since graduating from C2P2 William has worked for The Partnership, developing and conducting trainings for self-advocates in southeastern Pennsylvania. William has also served as a photographer for the project which currently uses many of his images in printed materials.
Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network
The Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network (PYLN) is a group of young adults with disabilities who want to make a difference in the lives of youth in Pennsylvania. The mission of PYLN is to develop the self-determination, empowerment, and leadership of youth that promotes successful post school outcomes in the areas of education, employment, independent living, and health and wellness among youth and young adults throughout Pennsylvania. PYLN has been an Institute partner on projects such as C2P2 for Emerging and Established Leaders.
Health and Relationships
Terry Roth, Esq.
Terry Roth is a tireless advocate who has dedicated countless hours in intense efforts to influence state policy on behalf of people with disabilities. Terry's efforts, always collaborative and cross-disability, have included coordinating the Disability Budget Coalition and the Home and Community Stakeholder Planning Team. Terry's persistence, coalition building and strategizing were driving forces in the passage of the Adult Protective Services Act in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape
PCAR, in concert with its statewide network of 50 rape crisis centers, uses its voice to challenge public attitudes, raise public awareness, and affect critical changes in public policy, protocols, and responses to sexual violence. For more than 10 years PCAR has worked with the Institute to educate individuals with disabilities about sexual violence and the services available to victims.

Exemplary Service Award

Kathy L. Sykes
Director, Philadelphia Intellectual disAbility Services
Kathy L. Sykes has spent her career devoted to the premise that all people with intellectual disabilities have a right to live, work, play and recreate in the communities of their choosing. Kathy has fought tirelessly to help close Pennhurst, to spawn the Community Collaborative and to insure that all Philadelphians with disabilities have meaningful opportunities for employment.

For Support in Disability Policy

U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.
Since he took office, Senator Casey has provided tremendous leadership on issues important to disability communities including the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act, the Affordable Care Act, the CLASS Act and the ABLE Act. Senator Casey has also promoted the enhancement of interdisciplinary training programs which are so critical for excellence in services and supports for people with disabilities and their families.

Senator Shirley Kitchen
As a member of the Pennsylvania Senate since 1996, Senator Kitchen, through her personal passion as a social worker and her various committee appointments, has demonstrated her commitment to people with disabilities and their families. In January 2013, as part of a statewide effort called "Take Your Legislator To Work Day," Senator Kitchen came to the Institute and spent several hours with one of her constituents who is a person with a disability employed by the Institute.

Senator Christine Tartaglione
Senator Christine Tartaglione has been an indefatigable advocate for Pennsylvanians with disabilities in the Pennsylvania Senate. In particular, Senator Tartaglione has been a vocal champion for Assistive Technology programs, helping others in the General Assembly understand the importance of Assistive Technology as tools essential to facilitating the independence of people with disabilities in employment, living, and full participation within the community. She is always willing to provide sage counsel as we work toward creating an inclusive society.

Senator Andrew Dinneman
Senator Dinniman is a man who heard the voices of some of the most marginalized people in his district, adults with intellectual disabilities, and he acted. Senator Dinniman understands the history of the disability rights movement and took leadership on modernizing language in PA. He introduced and championed the "Words Do Matter" bill.

Rep. Thomas Murt
Representative Murt has been a friend to the disability community since his initial election to the House of Representatives. Representative Murt chairs the Mental Health subcommittee of the Human Services Committee and chairs the Disability Caucus in the House of Representatives. The icing on the cake is that Representative Murt is a doctoral student in the College of Education at Temple University!

Rep. Gene DiGirolamo
As the Chairman of the Human Services Committee, one of the most important committees to the disability community, Representative DiGirolamo has demonstrated his steadfast commitment to issues affecting people with disabilities and their families. Most recently, Rep. DiGirolamo championed efforts to restore the cuts to the human services budget and continues to support the comprehensive evaluation of the block grant program.

Rep. William F. Adolph
William Adolf has long been an elected representative who has heard the concerns of people with disabilities and families. In his role as Chair of the Appropriations Committee in PA's General Assembly, it was Representative Adolf's leadership that finally ensured the passage of the Adult Protective Services Act and solidified the FY12-13 Waiting List Initiative.

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40 years of excellence

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