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

Assistive Technology Services

The Institute is home to TechOWL, Pennsylvania’s Assistive Technology Act program. TechOWL helps people with disabilities explore, find, and get the tools and technology they need to lead a productive life in the home, community, and at work.

Activities include:

  • Borrowing devices from the Lending Library
  • Providing device demonstrations
  • Receive a free special phone
  • Find a used device at low cost or free
  • Receive equipment for people who are deaf and blind
  • Schedule a training or presentation
  • Get a custom-made device



  • Leadership & Career Studies - A four-year certificate program providing young adults with intellectual disabilities an authentic college experience at Temple while developing academic abilities, career aspirations, work skills, and independence.
  • The Mini Course Lecture Series on Disabilities - Hosts guest speakers – experts in Disability Studies, Assistive Technology, Leadership Development, Social Policy, and more.
  • College of Direct Support - Online curriculum designed for Direct Support Professionals who support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Disability Studies at Temple University - Interdisciplinary collaboration offering inclusive programming with diversity in both scholars and students.

Community Integration and Supports

Research and Evaluation

  • Conducting Participatory Action Research - Designed to improve the quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism, speech, language and communication disorders, and other disabilities that result in access and functional needs.
  • IM4Q: Independent Monitoring for Quality - Collecting and disseminating information that might help improve the quality of life of people with disabilities.


Programs working with people with disabilities to help achieve equal employment opportunities.

Media Arts and Culture

Media Arts and Culture - Arts initiatives, and working collaboratively with university and community-based arts organizations and practitioners, to create innovative, fully accessible cultural programming, including oral history, archival preservation, documentary, exhibition, and public performance.


Contact Us

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

voice: 215-204-1356