College of Direct Support

Supporting people with information and education to develop more fulfilling lives.

College of Employment Services

Education designed for Direct Support professionals who guide people with disabilities toward fulfilling jobs

Disability Studies

An Interdisciplinary collaboration: a cluster of curricula including accredited programs, mini-series lectures, performances, symposia and more.

Equal Justice

Providing information and resources for people with developmental disabilities who encounter the criminal justice system.

Home and Community Based Services

Providing information, resources and personal stories about the HCBS Final Rule in Pennsylvania and nationally.

Independent Monitoring for Quality

Pennsylvanians who receive support through the Office of Developmental Programs in Pennsylvania are interviewed to learn about their quality of life.

Leadership & Career Studies

Provides an authentic four-year college experience for students with intellectual disability, and intellectual disability and autism.

Leadership Development

Training programs designed for people with disabilities and their families offering information on local, state and national issues affecting people with disabilities.

Media Arts and Culture

Arts initiatives addressing important community issues with innovative, fully accessible cultural programming.  


The Institute’s assistive technology program—finding tools and technology for people across Pennsylvania.

About the Institute

The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University one of the 67 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service funded by the Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Established in 1974, the Institute has mirrored the changes in the field of developmental disabilities, evolving into a model of self-determination and individualized supports in the community.

Located within the College of Education and Human Development at Temple University, the Institute is a vibrant, diverse organization and is considered a national leader in leadership development, assistive technology, Disability Studies, justice for people with disabilities, policy analysis and inclusive education.

Our Vision

A society where all people are valued and respected, and where all people have the knowledge, opportunity and power to improve their lives and the lives of others.

The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University learns from and works with people with disabilities and their families in diverse communities across Pennsylvania to create and share knowledge, change systems and society, and promote self-determined lives so that disability is recognized as a natural part of the human experience.

Institute on Disabilities
College of Education and Human Development
Ritter Annex 4, Room RA 430
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Sally Gould-Taylor
Executive Director

Institute on Disabilities
Associate Research Professor,
Department of Teaching and Learning
College of Education and Human Development
Temple University