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

Community Integration and Supports

Information about Supports Brokering in Pennsylvania as well as resources related to Home and Community Based Services and Participant-Directed Services.
Community Integration and Supports programs

Health Equity

Programs and information related to our four current areas of focus: Healthy Sexuality, Food Justice, Access to Care, and COVID-19 and Public Health Emergencies.

Health Equity Programs

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

Public Policy

Programs and resources which offer training, support, and technical assistance for and about people with disabilities and families to help understand and shape policy at the local, state and national levels.
Public Policy-related programs

Research and Evaluation

Projects that engage key community members to examine the issues and identify the solutions most important and impactful to the intersectional disability community.
Research and Evaluation


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