Note: Application period ended January 10, 2022. All applicants will be notified via email whether they were accepted, during the week of January 17, 2022.

C2P2 2022

Learn to work with policymakers to make a difference in the quality of life for people with intellectual disabilities and/or on the autism spectrum.

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C2P2 is a free program for

  • Family members of a school age child with an intellectual disability and/or on the autism spectrum;
  • People with an intellectual disability and/or on the autism spectrum.

Become a LEADER in your community.

Diverse group of people together in a conference room

2022 session dates

  • February 4 and 5 (now Zoom sessions, not in-person)
  • March 4 and 5
  • April 1 and 2
  • May 13 and 14
  • June 3 and 4
  • June 24 and 25
  • August 26 and 27
  • September 23 and 24

Session Times

Fridays: 1 PM - 9 PM
Saturdays: 8 AM - 3 PM


February 4 and 5: Virtual Zoom Session

All Other Sessions*: Harrisburg Hilton, 1 N. 2nd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101

*Participants will be notified of changes in advance.

Participants Will Learn

  • About local, state and national issues affecting people with disabilities;
  • To foster a partnership between people who need supports and services and those who make policy and law;
  • To advocate for themselves and others;
  • To teach policymakers a new way of thinking about people with disabilities.


  • History of the Self-Advocacy and Independent Living Movement
  • History of the Family Movement
  • Visioning for a Preferred Future
  • Best Practices in:
    • Early Intervention
    • Inclusive Education
    • Transition
    • Employment
    • Community Inclusion
  • Federal, State and Local Laws and Regulations
  • How to effectively educate Legislators
  • How to run a meeting
  • How to serve on a Board of Directors
  • Effective Communication
  • Conflict resolution
  • Assistive Technology
  • Waivers
  • Community of Practice in Supporting Families and in Employment
  • Community Engagement
  • Community Organizing and Resource Development


  • Applicants MUST commit to attending both sessions, all eight weekends.
  • Attendees must review all materials before and after each session.
  • Homework will be assigned and must be completed.
  • Social distancing and masking for in-person activities are strongly encouraged and may be required by the funder, venue, or other rules.

More Information

C2P2 is free but only a limited number of applications will be accepted.

Funded by Pennsylvania's Office of Developmental Programs.

Contact Us

Cathy Roccia-Meier, Institute on Disabilities Project Director of Leadership Development
Voice: 215-204-1772 | TTY: 215-204-1805

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