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photo of smiling student wearning headphones, with laptop nearby

posted October 2020

Opening Doors to College: Multi-Million Dollar Grant Will Change Lives at Temple University and Partnering Pennsylvania Universities

The $2.38 million grant will help to change lives, create learning opportunities, and promote the value of full inclusion for all community members.
Department of Education grant: story

week ending October 2, 2020

Policy Tip: Early Voting in PA

Exercise your right to inform policymakers.
Early voting

photo of Ruth Bader Ginsburg wearing black robe and lace collar

posted September 2020

On the Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg passed away Friday, September 18, 2020, at the age of 87. While perhaps best known for her work to promote gender equality, Justice Ginsburg was a tireless advocate for equality of opportunity for all.
Read the full statement by Sally Gould-Taylor

posted September 2020

Policy Tip: Your Vote is Your Voice

Be Prepared. Be Informed. Have a Plan. Vote!
Read the policy tip

Colleen and her support professional Latoya sit happily together

posted September 2020

Direct Support Professionals Appreciation Week

Celebrate those who support people with disabilities by helping them be part of their communities. Read "salutes," or appreciations, of support professionals and share your own.
Direct Support Professionals Appreciation Week

photo of sunset beyond tall grasses

posted September 2020

On the Passing of Thomas Gilhool, Esq.

A personal reflection on the passing of Thomas Gilhool, attorney and vocal advocate for people with disabilities in Pennsylvania, by Kate Fialkowski, Institute Director of Academic Programs.
Thomas Gilhool remembered

posted August 2020

Policy: Testimony before PA House Committee

This week's Pinch of Policy features advocate Shawn Aleong's testimony addressing the need for inclusive education.
Read the full text of testimony

Institute Recieves Grant for Older Pennsylvanians

Posted August 2020

A $672,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging will enable the Institute's TechOWL program to purchase hundreds of iPads, laptops and other devices to facilitate communication for older Pennsylvanians across the Commonwealth.
More about the Department of Aging grant

Illustration of a theater light known as a punch light

posted August 2020

Institute Launches Virtual Performance Series

Punch Light, a virtual performance project highlighting the work of artists with disabilities, is now available on the Institute's website.
More about the Punch Light series

posted July 2020

Policy: Federal Relief Package

This week's Pinch of Policy is about the federal COVID-19 relief package (COVID 4)—its key points and how you can support it.
More about the relief package

photo of Sally Gould-Taylor, PhD

posted June 2020

Comments from our Interim Executive Director

"We can't expect others to take up the anti-ableist fight with us, if we aren't anti-racist. ... I am so proud of our work and our staff's continued commitment to creativity, flexibility and social justice."
Comments by Sally Gould-Taylor and letter from Temple's College of Education Dean, Gregory Anderson

photo of Celia S. Feinstein

posted June 2020

Celia Feinstein Receives Service to the Field Award

The award is given annually by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) for "contributions to improved service to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities."
Feinstein receives award

Institute Adapts during COVID-19 to Continue and Improve its Work for and with People with Disabilities

update: May 2020

Our existing programs have adapted, and in response to needs, we introduced new programs and provided important resources.
Read the latest updates about our work

Colleen and her support professional Latoya sit happily together

posted May 2020

Salute Your Supports

Join the #SaluteOurSupports movement to recognize your support service professional, direct support professional, or personal care attendant.
Learn how to join the Salute Our Supports movement

Woman sitting on steps in front of a home holding papers and looking at smartphone

posted April 2020

Institute's Project Encourages Full Census Participation

Community Conversations, Connections and Counting project engages with undercounted Latinx and disability communities to enhance Census participation.
Census project - how to follow and learn

New Program Gets Tech to the People Who Need It

posted April 2020

TechOWL's new program, "Connect With Tech," sends unused devices to people with disabilities in Pennsylvania to help them communicate with others while social distancing.
Donate or apply for technology

Institute Awarded Art & Culture Grant

posted March 2020

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

part of the vocabulary board, a grid of pictures and words

posted March 2020

Vocabulary Board for COVID-19 Coronavirus

TechOWL, 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

COVID-19 Information and Resources

posted March 2020

A list of websites and other resources for people with disabilities and others in Pennsylvania and beyond.
COVID-19 Information and Resources

Updates on the Institute's Work During the COVID-19 Pandemic and How We Will Continue to Serve You

posted March 2020

The COVID-19 virus is rapidly changing the way we all interact and support one another, and the way we do our work. Please read our updates regarding our events and services for the upcoming weeks/months.
Read the updates about our work

photo of Sally Gould-Taylor PhD

posted March 2020

Institute Names Interim Executive Director

Sally 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

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