Issue 7 | Fall 2023

New Grants Announced

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The Institute has been awarded four new grants by the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council. The programs represent a variety of issues across the lifespan including unemployment, supported decision making, school-to-prison-pipeline and assistive technology.  

The full story about these grants can be found on our website.


Dance Installation a Sold-Out Hit

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Rhythm Bath, an immersive dance installation by Susan Marshall and Mimi Lien, and produced by the Institute on Disabilities and Studio Susan Marshall, enjoyed a sold-out run as the centerpiece of Philly Fringe Festival 2023 in September.  

Coverage of Rhythm Bath, including reviews and local news features, can be found on our website.


Leadership Program Celebrates a Year of Learning

C2P2 2023 cohort pose together on their graduation day

C2P2 — Competence and Confidence: Partners in Policymaking, 2023 cohort, recently celebrated the completion of the year-long leadership development program.

The story about the year-end C2P2 celebration can be found on our website.

Please note: Applications for C2P2 2024 are now open.


Institute Partners with Opera Philadelphia

row of panelists with Sally Gould-Tayor at microphone

Photo, left to right: George Shands, CEO of G Fresh Emporium; Charlie Miller, Community Engagement Director, Dauphin County Library System; Amy Nieves, Executive Director Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities; Sally Gould-Taylor, Executive Director, Institute on Disabilities

The Institute's executive director, Sally Gould-Taylor, PhD, moderated a round table discussion after a performance of the world-premiere opera "10 Days in a Madhouse." The select group of audience members and guest panelists reflected on how the opera libretto parallels the historical institutionalization of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Pennsylvania.  

The story about the performance and round table can be found on our website.


L&CS Applications Now Open

The 2024-25 application for the Institute's Leadership & Career Studies (L&CS) is now open. L&CS is a four-year certificate program providing young adults with intellectual disability or intellectual disability and autism an authentic college experience while developing academic abilities, career aspirations, work skills, and independence at Temple University.

More information about Leadership & Career Studies can be found on our website.

Open House — December 6

Save the date — L&CS will hold its annual Open House to meet potential students and introduce the program and Temple's campus.


Upcoming Workshops

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The Institute's Health Equity team is sponsoring two workshop series — one virtual and one in person.

Thriving Together Workshops

Thriving Together: Relationships, Sexuality, and Gender on the Autism Spectrum for LGBTQIA+ People and Allies, in person at Temple's main campus on Thursday October 26. Complete information about Thriving Together Workshops is available on our website.

Sex and Disability Fall 2023 virtual workshops label over photo of disabled couple using wheelchairs together

Sex and Disability: Building Connection

TechOWL joins forces with the Health Equity team to present Sex and Disability: Building Connection and Space for Intimacy. A virtual presentation on Wednesday, November 1. More information about Sex and Disability: Building Connection is available on TechOWL's social media platforms, including Facebook.


Policy Notes

Disability Awareness Day

Senator Tartaglione and Jamie Ray-Leonetti in front of marble wall and ornate column

Photo: Senator Tartaglione and Jamie Ray-Leonetti, the Institute's Associate Director of Policy, during the Disability Awareness Day.

On October 3, 2023, State Senator Christine Tartaglione hosted her annual Disability Awareness Day at the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg, PA. This event celebrates October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University was on hand to share resources and information.


2023 Disability Summit

Photo: Sally Gould-Taylor, Executive Director of the Institute, at the speaker's podium offering opening remarks at the 2023 Disability Summit

The Annual Disability Summit 2023 was held at Temple's Student Center on September 14. Hosted by State Representative Joe Hohenstein, along with the Institute and other partners, the event welcomed more than 200 people with disabilities, family members, educators and other professionals to address the theme of Self-Determination: Shaping Our Own Lives.


News from the West

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The Western Pennsylvania Disability History & Action Consortium is sponsoring free, virtual event on October 26. Transforming Community Living — From the Era of Institutions to the Innovative Options of Today will examine the development of home- and community-based services with a look to the future.

Complete information and registration can be found on The Western Pennsylvania Disability History & Action Consortium website.


Other News

New resource available for researchers with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), as well as other research team leaders, who want to use peer support to engage their peers with IDD in research.

Toolkit: Peer Support to Engage People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Research.


Disability Pride

Jamie and Stacy wearing rain gear

Despite the rain, Disability Pride Harrisburg was a huge success. Jamie Ray-Leonetti and Stacy Phillips (pictured) braved the weather to represent the Institute.


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