The Institute's programs and services are the instruments we use to realize our mission with the greatest possible impact across Pennsylvania. Driven by our 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 focus our work and expertise in these program, project, and service areas:


Programs which encourage, enrich, and inspire people with disabilities and their families to advocate for themselves, for family members, and for the community as a whole, to help achieve a society where ALL people find justice, and are valued and respected.
Advocacy-related programs

Assistive Technology

A series of programs which help people with disabilities, their families, service providers, and others access and acquire assistive technology (AT) devices. AT devices range from complex to simple and assist people with daily living activities in their home, work, and community.
Assistive Technology programs


Programs which facilitate, support, and promote competitive and inclusive employment opportunities for people with disabilities, so that everyone has the chance to work where they want to, and at the job of their choice.
Employment Here and Now

Learning and Academics

A wide range of programs, about and for people with disabilities, which address disability across the life-span, including disability history, professional enrichment, post-secondary learning, and aging.
Education-related programs

Media Arts and Culture

Arts initiatives and projects developed collaboratively with university and community-based arts practitioners to create innovative, fully accessible cultural programming.
Media Arts and Culture projects


Programs which promote self-determined lives by sharing knowledge to help change systems and society, so that disability is recognized as a natural part of the human experience.
Policy-related programs

Research and Evaluation

Participatory Action Research projects and dissemination of the findings, designed to improve quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, speech, language, and communication disorders, and other disabilities.
About Participatory Action Research


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