Institute Awarded Art & Culture Grant

posted: March 2020

Philadelphia Cultural Fund awards grant to the Institute's Media Arts & Culture program.
Learn more about the grant

Vocabulary Board for COVID-19 Coronavirus

posted: March 2020

part of the vocabulary board, a grid of pictures and wordsTechOWL, a program of the Institute on Disabilities, developed a vocabulary board with key words around the COVID-19 pandemic topic.
Download the COVID-19 vocabulary board

Institute Names Interim Executive Director

posted: March 2020

photo of Sally Gould-Taylor PhDSally Gould-Taylor, PhD has been named Interim Executive Director of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, College of Education.
Full story about Dr. Gould-Taylor

April 17: Voice, Identity and the Performative Possibilities of Voice AI

posted: March 2020

Katherine Skovira and Robert Whalen of SoundLAB, and Dr. Rupal Patel, CEO and Founder of VocaliD, will present at this free event at Temple University in Philadelphia.
More details and registration for the Mini Course/Lecture Series event

Announcing 2020 Disability and Change Symposium - March 25 at Temple University

posted: February 2020

Text: Combating Implicit Bias: EmploymentRegister now for the one-day symposium, Disability and Change - Combating Implicit Bias: Employment on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
Read more about the Disability and Change Symposium

Community Forum About Person-Directed Services March 18, 2020 in Harrisburg

posted: January 2020

Learn more about Person-Directed Services (PDS) and share your experience directing your services at this free community event.
Read more and register for the PDS community forum

Save the Date - 2020 Disability and Change Symposium

posted: January 2020

The 2020 Disability and Change Symposium – Combating Implicit Bias: Employment – is scheduled for March 25, 2020 at Temple University.
More information about the upcoming symposium

AAIDD Awards Institute Executive Director

posted: January 2020

photo of Celia S. Feinstein, Executive DirectorCelia S. Feinstein has received AAIDD's 2020 Service to the Field Award.
Read more about the AAIDD award

"Community Strong" Rally on January 7

posted: January 2020

Pennsylvania's legacy to citizens with disabilities and their families should be full and inclusive lives in the community with supports and services...
Community Strong rally details

Institute Announces New Associate Director

posted: December 2019

photo of Sally Gould-Taylor PhDSally Gould-Taylor, PhD was recently named as the Associate Director of Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, College of Education.
New Associate Director - details

Press Conferences on Proposed Polk and White Haven Closure Moratorium

posted: December 2019

Pennsylvania Coalition for Inclusive Community will hold two press conferences on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 11 a.m. in Harrisburg and Philadelphia. Press release and press conference details

Institute Receives Grant to Aid in Philadelphia's Census Effort

posted: November 2019

The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, College of Education joins eight organizations selected to support the outreach efforts of the City's 2020 census initiative.

Full story about the Digital Literacy Alliance grant awards

Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council Appoints Lisa Tesler as Executive Director

posted: November 2019

Lisa Tesler, graduate of the Institute's Competence and Confidence: Partners in Policymaking (C2P2) program, was appointed in September to succeed Graham Mulholland.

Read about Ms. Tesler's new role

Governor Proclaims November Assistive Technology Awareness Month in Pennsylvania

posted: November 2019

Assistive Technology Month proclamation

Read the governor's proclamation for Assistive Technology month

Institute on Disabilities Partners with People's Light and The National Theatre of Great Britain to Present Revolutionary Smart Caption Glasses

posted: September 2019

people seated at tables, wearing smart glassesThe Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, College of Education, is collaborating with People's Light theater in Chester County, PA, and the National Theatre of Great Britain, on a project that will revolutionize arts accessibility for the deaf and hearing loss communities.

Read more about the Smart Caption Glasses collaboration

Institute on Disabilities Executive Announces Plan to Step Down in 2020

posted: September 2019

Photo of Celia S. FeinsteinCelia Feinstein, Executive Director of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, College of Education, has announced that she will step down early in 2020.

Read the full announcement about the executive director

Polk Center Closure: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

posted: September 2019

This week in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: " 'The people who benefited the most from deinstitutionalization were the people with the most significant support needs,' according to the Pennhurst Longitudinal Study of people who left that institution, said Ms. [Celia] Feinstein. 'I don’t buy, Too old, too disabled, too behaviorally challenged.' "

Read the Post-Gazette story about the Polk Center closure

Institute Executive Director Comments on State Center Closures

posted: August 2019

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) announced plans to close the Polk and White Haven State Centers, two of the four remaining state-run public intermediate care facilities for people with intellectual disabilities in Pennsylvania.

State Centers - read our full statement

HCBS - Know the Facts:
Understanding the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Final Rule

posted: August 2019

Person holds sign with words, I have a voice. Visit our office at Temple University for a Lunch & Learn on September 20 and learn the facts of the HCBS Final Rule.

For people with disabilities, family members, and support professionals.

HCBS training registration and information

Institute and Partners Honored by AAIDD

posted: July 2019

Photo of Institute's Western Coordinator accepting awardIn June 2019, the American Association on Intellectual Disabilities and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) awarded the Institute and its partners for leading the effort to collect, preserve and disseminate the history of struggle for equality by people with disabilities in western Pennsylvania.

Award details

TechOWL Program Expands to Include Mobile Devices

posted: June 2019

Logo for TechOwl: Technology for Our Whole LivesMobile equipment, including smartphones and tablets, will be available through TechOWL's Free Special Phone Program, starting July 1, 2019.

Free special phone program mobile expansion