Institute on Disabilities at Temple University Names Celia S. Feinstein as Executive Director

January 2017

photo of Celia S. Feinstein in front of a mural at Temple University
Celia S. Feinstein, Executive Director of the Institute on Disabilities and AUCD Board President

The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, College of Education, has announced the appointment of Celia S. Feinstein as Executive Director, beginning on December 1, 2016. Ms. Feinstein has been a staff member and leader of the Institute for more than 35 years serving in a variety of roles, most recently as Co-Executive Director overseeing all leadership development programs and policy activities at the local, state and national levels. In addition, she has led the Institute's research and evaluation, and quality assurance initiatives, including Independent Monitoring for Quality, a statewide quality of life assessment for people with intellectual disabilities receiving support through Pennsylvania's Office of Developmental Programs.

For the past several years, Celia has shared the Co-Executive seat with Amy S. Goldman. Upon Ms. Goldman's retirement from Temple University on November 30, 2016, Celia was appointed Executive Director.

In her new role, Celia will continue to oversee the Institute's leadership development, quality of life, education and research programs, but now adds the leadership of Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT), Pennsylvania's Assistive Technology Act Program.

Celia brings to the position a wealth of knowledge and experience with renewed focus and energy. "I know every member of our staff is dedicated to the Institute's mission of working with people with disabilities to share knowledge, change systems and society, and promote self-determined lives," Celia says.

The more than 25 active Institute programs address different aspects of learning, living, working and leading in our society. "Each initiative touches on our mission, one that I have worked toward for more than 30 years.

"I am confident that the Institute will continue to make significant progress in fulfilling the goals of our mission and that we WILL have a society where ALL people are valued and respected."

In addition her appointment as Executive Director, on December 1, 2016 Celia began her year-long term as board president of the Association of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Research, Education and Service, the organization representing the University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND programs) and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers (IDDRCs). The Institute is Pennsylvania's UCEDD, one of 67 across the country.

"I'm proud of the achievements made by the Institute, the College of Education at Temple University and AUCD and I am excited by the new opportunities and challenges that we will face in the next few years."

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