The Institute on Disabilities Presents the Annual Fialkowski Family Disability Studies Award
Amy S. Goldman and Celia S. Feinstein, Co-Executive Directors of the Institute on Disabilities with the winner of the Annual Fialkowski Disability Studies Award Ross Whiting, and Kathryn Fialkowski.
The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University presented the annual Fialkowski Family Disability Studies Award on May 20, 2013, to Ross Whiting, a Temple University graduate student working at the Institute for the past academic year.
The Scholarship is awarded to a Temple University graduate student who exemplifies the mission and vision of the Institute and who has demonstrated excellence in the areas of community inclusion, integration or disability rights.
During the past year at the Institute, Ross called on his experience as a high school music teacher to design and execute research to measure quality of life of students and community members. His objective for the next two years is to develop research that will lead to the removal of barriers to choice for people with disabilities.
The scholarship was established several years ago by the Fialkowski family—Philadelphia natives who led grassroots activism for the right to education, community living, and employment for individuals with developmental disabilities. The family created the scholarship "to assist young leaders in furthering their growth and commitment to the field of disability—personally, academically or professionally." To that end, Ross intends to use the scholarship money to help fund course work that will help him achieve his research goals.