Five-Year Work Plan 2023-2027

Read the Institute on Disabilities' federally-approved 5-year plan, detailing our goals and objectives for the years 2023 through 2027.


Goal 1: Increase the Competitive, Integrated Employment Of People With Disabilities

  • 1.1. Raise awareness of employers regarding hiring and retention of people with disabilities.
  • 1.2. Create opportunities for mentoring, internships, and employment for people with disabilities at Temple University.
  • 1.3. Educate families, providers, and people with disabilities on the benefits and possibilities of employment.
  • 1.4. Engage in policy analysis regarding increasing employment and better employment opportunities for people with disabilities.


Goal 2: Promote Inclusive Education Across the Lifespan

  • 2.1. Expand opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to attend inclusive post-secondary education.
  • 2.2. Create free accessible educational programming centered on lived experience of persons with disabilities.
  • 2.3. Integrate principles of inclusive education, universal design, and assistive technology into undergraduate, graduate, staff and faculty training and technical assistance.


Goal 3: Increase Access To And Acquisition Of Technology

  • 3.1. Increase awareness of people with disabilities, older Pennsylvanians, and others regarding the potential and scope of AT.
  • 3.2. Increase use of available AT resources, including but not limited to PA’s AT Lending Library (ATLL) and Assistive Technology Resource Center’s (ATRC) onsite loan programs.
  • 3.3. Promote acquisition of assistive technology devices for people who are unable to obtain them through public or private funding.
  • 3.4. Increase the ability of Pennsylvanians with significant communication support needs to receive appropriate services and supports, across the lifespan.
  • 3.5. Embed information about the scope and benefit of, and funding for assistive technology in the preservice education of diverse disciplines.


Goal 4: Promote Self-Determined Lives For All People With Disabilities.

  • 4.1. Increase statewide capacity to implement person-directed supports and services (PDSS).
  • 4.2. Provide education and technical assistance on high quality, integrated community supports.
  • 4.3. Measure outcomes regarding quality of life of people with disabilities supported by the intellectual disability (ID)/autism system in PA.
  • 4.4. Provide training and technical assistance on effective Direct Support workforce development practices.
  • 4.5. Provide training and technical assistance to people with disabilities, families, and professionals regarding integrated and inclusive lives for people with autism.


Goal 5: Promote Successful Transitions Across The Lifespan

  • 5.1. Provide family training and education about the transition from early intervention to pre-school as well as the transition out of secondary education.
  • 5.2. Address issues of aging for people with disabilities, families, and providers.


Goal 6: Support the Health and Wellbeing of People with Disabilities Through an Inclusive Health Equity Lens

  • 6.1. Increase the safety and wellbeing of people with disabilities before, during, and after an emergency or natural disaster.
  • 6.2. In the event of an emergency or natural disaster, needs for assistive technology (AT) will be addressed through AT reuse programs.
  • 6.3. Increase the ability of emergency preparedness systems to address the needs of people with disabilities affected by emergencies or natural disasters.
  • 6.4. Advocate for and teach healthy sexuality for people with disabilities, families, and professionals.
  • 6.5. Increase awareness (public and disability professionals) of the effects of victimization against people with disabilities in education, the workplace, and the community at large.
  • 6.6. Increase the awareness and understanding of provider organizations, family members, and criminal justice and victim services systems on the connection between sexual violence and sexually offending behaviors.
  • 6.7. Work with the Institute on Protective Services at Temple University to deliver training on interviewing people with intellectual disabilities.

  • 6.8. Create opportunities for research, education, and training to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure health equity for all Pennsylvanians including those with the most significant disabilities.

  • 6.9. Provide training and technical assistance to medical and allied health professionals.


Goal 7: Support Families of People With Disabilities Across Pennsylvania

  • 7.1. Provide training and technical assistance to families to assist them in developing and planning for the formal and informal supports they need.
  • 7.2. Build capacity for lifelong planning resources.


Goal 8: Create Statewide Leadership Development Activities For People With Disabilities, Families, and Professionals

  • 8.1. Use the Competence and Confidence Partners in Policymaking (C2P2) model to provide leadership development training.
  • 8.2. Provide interdisciplinary pre-service training, mentoring, and work experience for the next generation of professionals.
  • 8.3. Act as a catalyst for the re-ignition of a Self-Advocacy Movement in PA.


Goal 9: Using A Social Justice Framework, Transform Society to Acknowledge And Embrace Disability as a Part of the Human Experience

  • 9.1. Use the Arts as a tool for civic engagement and social change.
  • 9.2. Work in collaboration with Temple Special Collections and other Pennsylvania archives/collections in collection, preservation, and the creation of meaningful opportunities for community engagement and educational programming.
  • 9.3. Develop a statewide social movement network inclusive of disability rights.


Goal 10: Increase the Racial and Social Equity of People with Disabilities Who Are Intersectional Members of Marginalized Ethnic, Racial, and Immigrant Groups

  • 10.1. Explore the intersection of disability and other marginalized communities.
  • 10.2. Develop intersectional partnerships to address disparities.
  • 10.3. Expand the representation of members from marginalized communities in social and professional networks.

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