Institute on Disabilities Executive Announces Plan to Step Down in 2020

September 2019

Photo of Celia S. Feinstein Celia Feinstein, Executive Director of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, College of Education, has announced that she will step down early in 2020. She will remain at the Institute to manage several key programs.

During her 40 years with the Institute, Ms. Feinstein has served in a variety of positions and has become a leader in the intellectual disability community in Philadelphia, throughout the Commonwealth and nationally.

Her early years were focused on the closing of Pennhurst and working on the research with former residents as they transitioned into the community. That experience helped direct her work at the Institute spearheading, leading, and in some cases securing funding for significant programs for people with disabilities, their families, support staff and other professionals.

Celia helped form the vision and mission of the Institute, seeking to create 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." She has been recognized both locally and nationally for her work including her appointment as Board President of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, the national membership organization of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service.

"As I review my time at the institute, I can be proud of what we have accomplished. We have assembled a team of professionals dedicated to our vision and mission and each person is passionate about making Pennsylvania a community where everyone is included," Celia said when announcing her decision.

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