A list of all programs of the Institute on Disabilities. If you know the name of the program, try the "Quick Links to Programs" function at the top right section of every page.


  • Criminal Justice / First Responders
    Providing information, training and products which focus on the interaction between the criminal justice system and people with disabilities.
    Criminal Justice/First Responders: Program Page

  • Emergency Preparedness
    Helping Pennsylvanians with disabilities, families, and support personnel think about and prepare for emergencies.
    Emergency Preparedness: Program Page

  • IM4Q: Independent Monitoring for Quality
    Collecting and disseminating information that might help improve the quality of life of people with disabilities.
    IM4Q: Independent Monitoring for Quality: Program Page

  • Leadership Development
    Teaching people with disabilities, family members, and students to assume leadership roles in their communities and at the local, state, and national levels.

    • C2P2 - Competence and Confidence: Partners in Policymaking
      Leadership development training for adults with intellectual disabilities or autism, and families of young children with intellectual disabilities or autism.
      C2P2: Program Page

    • C2P2 EI - Competence and Confidence: Partners in Policymaking for Families of Children in Early Intervention
      Offering information about local, state and national issues that affect young children with disabilities, with a particular emphasis on early intervention issues.
      C2P2 EI: Program Page

    • Families First
      Empowerment training on the basics of early intervention—teaching about early intervention system, meeting with other families, becoming an equal member in your child's Individual Education Plan.
      Families First: Program Page

  • Technical Assistance
    Providing technical assistance at the local, state, and international levels to individuals, agencies, and government entities, focusing on increasing the independent productivity and inclusion of all people with developmental disabilities.
    Technical Assistance: Program Page


  • College of Direct Support
    Online curriculum designed for those who support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
    College of Direct Support: Program Page

  • Disability Studies at Temple University
    An interdisciplinary collaboration offering accredited programs, mini-series lectures, performances, symposia and more, Disability Studies at Temple is inclusive programming with great diversity in both scholars and students.
    Disability Studies: Learn More

  • Graduate Student Assistantship Program
    Twenty hours per week paid, practical learning experience for full-time current graduate students at Temple University.
    Graduate Student Assistantship Program: Program Page

  • Interdisciplinary Faculty Council at Temple University
    Fostering collaboration across Temple University on disability-related projects including research, teaching, programming, publication, and grant-seeking.
    Interdisciplinary Faculty Council at Temple University: Program Page

  • Leadership & Career Studies
    A four-year certificate program providing young adults with intellectual disabilities an authentic college experience while developing academic abilities, career aspirations, work skills and independence at Temple University.
    Leadership & Career Studies: Program Page

  • The Mini Course Lecture Series on Disabilities
    Several times each year, the program hosts guest speakers and lecturers - experts in a wide variety of fields, including Disability Studies, Assistive Technology, Leadership Development, and Social Policy.
    The Mini Course Lecture Series on Disabilities: Program Page

  • Transitions in Aging
    The Transitions in Aging learning modules discuss planning strategies that help aging individuals with developmental disabilities lead a healthy and independent life in the community.
    Transitions in Aging: Learning Modules

  • Visionary Voices
    History of the Intellectual Disability Movement in Pennsylvania includes interviews with leaders and a collection of archival documents.
    Visionary Voices - Interviews
    Visionary Voices - Archives


  • Employment Here and Now!
    People with intellectual and developmental disabilities are offered unpaid internships at Temple University with a goal of achieving long-term employment.
    Employment Here and Now: Program Page

  • Employment-Related Programs at the Institute on Disabilities
    Programs designed to make employment available and successful for people with disabilities.
    Employment-Related Programs

Media Arts and Culture


  • Person Directed Services and Supports (PDSS)
    The two-year Developmental Disabilities Council funded Person Directed Services and Supports (PDSS) Project includes a demonstration project, research and advocacy.
    Person Directed Services and Supports (PDSS): Program Page

  • HCBS - The Home and Community Based Settings Final Rule
    Information about the HCBS Final Settings Rule and resources in Pennsylvania and nationally.
    HCBS: Information and Resources

Research and Evaluation

  • Research at the Institute on Disabilities
    Programs which promote, conduct, and disseminate constituency-oriented, collaborative research and evaluation focusing on people with disabilities and systems.
    Research at the Institute on Disabilities: Program Page

  • Sibling Investigation
    Information about the Sibling Ambassadors Program, a leadership training program for adult siblings of people with disabilities in Pennsylvania.
    Sibling Investigation: Program Page

  • Transition Discoveries Focus Groups
    Hosting a series of focus groups for young persons with disabilities, and their families, who are planning for the transition to life after high school.
    Transition Discoveries Focus Groups: Program Page


  • Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT)
    Program designed to enhance access to assistive technology for Pennsylvanians with disabilities and those who support them. We provide Assistive Technology services and resources for Pennsylvanians with disabilities and those who support them.

    PIAT is now TechOWL.

    This new portal will give you easy access to all of our Assistive Technology services.

    Find programs like –
    - Assistive Technology Lending Library
    - Reused and Exchanged Equipment Partnership
    - Telecommunication Device Distribution Program
    - iCanConnectPA
    - and more.

    Be sure to change your bookmarks.

    Welcome to TechOWL!

  • Augmentative & Alternative Communication

    Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Vocabularies and Symbol Sets
    Vocabularies that individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and their families need to participate in socially-valued adult roles.
    Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Vocabularies and Symbol Sets

  • AAC Community
    AAC—Augmentative and Alternative Communication—is communication methods other than verbal speech. AAC Community is a resource for and about people who communicate without speaking.
    Visit the AAC Community website

Completed Institute Programs