Programs and resources promoting, supporting and training self-advocacy/advocacy for people with disabilities and families. For a complete list of Institute on Disabilities programs, visit the Programs page. If you know the name of the program, try the "Quick Links to Programs" function at the top right section of every page.

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Vocabularies and Symbol Sets
    Vocabularies that individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and their families need to participate in socially-valued adult roles.
    Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Vocabularies and Symbol Sets

  • College of Direct Support
    Online curriculum designed for those who support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
    College of Direct Support: Program Page

  • Criminal Justice
    Providing information, training and products which focus on the interaction between the criminal justice system and people with disabilities.
    Criminal Justice: Program Page

  • Emergency Preparedness
    Helping Pennsylvanians with disabilities, families and support personnel think about and prepare for emergencies.
    Emergency Preparedness: Program Page

  • IM4Q: Independent Monitoring for Quality
    Collecting and disseminating information that might help improve the quality of life of people with disabilities.
    IM4Q: Independent Monitoring for Quality: Program Page

  • Leadership & Career Studies
    A four-year certificate program providing young adults with intellectual disabilities an authentic college experience while developing academic abilities, career aspirations, work skills and independence at Temple University.
    Leadership & Career Studies: Program Page

  • Leadership Development
    Teaching people with disabilities, family members, and students to assume leadership roles in their communities and at the local, state, and national levels.

    • C2P2 - Competence and Confidence: Partners in Policymaking
      Leadership development training for adults with intellectual disabilities or autism, and families of young children with intellectual disabilities or autism.
      C2P2: Program Page

    • C2P2 EI - Competence and Confidence: Partners in Policymaking for Families of Children in Early Intervention
      Offering information about local, state and national issues that affect young children with disabilities, with a particular emphasis on early intervention issues.
      C2P2 EI: Program Page

    • Families First
      Empowerment training on the basics of early intervention—teaching about early intervention system, meeting with other families, becoming an equal member in your child's Individual Education Plan.
      Families First: Program Page

  • The Mini Course Lecture Series on Disabilities
    Several times each year, the program hosts guest speakers and lecturers - experts in a wide variety of fields, including Disability Studies, Assistive Technology, Leadership Development, and Social Policy.
    The Mini Course Lecture Series on Disabilities: Program Page

  • Technical Assistance
    Providing technical assistance at the local, state, and international levels to individuals, agencies, and government entities, focusing on increasing the independent productivity and inclusion of all people with developmental disabilities.
    Technical Assistance: Program Page

  • Visionary Voices | Leaders. Lessons. Legacy.
    A history of the Intellectual Disability Movement in Pennsylvania, bringing together interviews with leaders in Pennsylvania's Intellectual Disability Movement with a collection of historically significant archival documents.
    Visionary Voices | Leaders. Lessons. Legacy.: Program Page

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