Institute on Disabilities Names Co-Executive Directors

January 2012

PHOTO: Celia S. Feinstein and Amy S. Goldman
Celia S. Feinstein, left, and Amy S. Goldman, Co-Executive Directors of the Institute on Disabilities

The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, College of Education, has announced that Associate Directors Celia S. Feinstein and Amy S. Goldman have been named Co-Executive Directors of the Institute, effective January 2, 2012.

James Earl Davis, Interim Dean of the College of Education at Temple University, made the announcement in late December after a yearlong search. "Both Ms. Feinstein and Ms. Goldman bring many years of professional experience to this position," Dean Davis said. "I am certain that they will approach future challenges of the Institute with the creative energy and resourcefulness that is the standard here at Temple University."

The Institute on Disabilities is Pennsylvania's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service—one of 67 centers across the country—and was established in 1974 at Temple University. The Institute is a unit of the College of Education.

Ms. Feinstein has been with the Institute for more than 30 years, most recently serving as Associate Director of Training and Technical Assistance directing the Institute's Leadership Development initiatives. In addition, Ms. Feinstein directs The Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Partnership for People with Disabilities and Families, as well as evaluation activities such as Independent Monitoring for Quality, Montgomery County monitoring and waiting list initiatives. Ms. Feinstein received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Medical Sociology from Temple University. She has also completed her doctoral coursework in Medical Sociology.

Ms. Goldman has served as Associate Director of the Institute since 1992, managing a portfolio of assistive technology-related projects, including Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology, the Commonwealth's "Assistive Technology (AT) Act" Program. She directs other statewide projects providing services and supports to Pennsylvanians with disabilities and older Pennsylvanians including Pennsylvania's Assistive Technology Lending Library and the Telecommunication Device Distribution Program. As a licensed speech-language pathologist, she is a national leader in the area of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Ms. Goldman received her undergraduate degree from Ithaca College and her Master's degree from State University College of New York at Buffalo; she was a doctoral candidate in Special Education at Temple University.

Ms. Feinstein and Ms. Goldman plan to continue the groundbreaking work of the Institute to achieve its stated vision of 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."

"We are both very excited to enhance and expand the programs the Institute has established during the past 20 years," Ms. Feinstein said. Ms. Goldman agreed, stating, "We are also anxious to reach out to discover underserved populations within the disability community and apply the formidable talents of our entire staff to creating new and innovative initiatives."

The new Co-Executive Directors said that they are looking forward their continuing work for and with people with disabilities, as well as integrating disability culture into Temple University and other educational institutions.

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