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

Leadership & Career Studies

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

Home and Community Based Services

Providing information and resources about the HCBS Final Rule in Pennsylvania and nationally

Resources for Supports Brokers

Best practices in supporting people to lead their own services and supports in Pennsylvania

Research and Evaluation

Conducting participatory action research designed to improve the lives of people with disabilities

Inclusive Health Equity

Programs to help ensure health equity for Pennsylvanians with disabilities, who are aging and those with mental health issues

Media Arts & Culture

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

Disability Studies

Interdisciplinary collaboration offering lectures, performances, symposia and more

College of Direct Support

Education for support professionals to help people with disabilities develop more fulfilling lives

College of Employment Services

Education designed for those who guide people with disabilities toward fulfilling jobs


About the Institute

The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University is 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, health equity, 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.

Our Mission

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