The Second Annual Conference—Beyond Inclusion:
Tools and Strategies for Including Diverse Learners

Presented by the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University in collaboration with the College of Education.

About the Conference

Beyond Inclusion: Tools and Strategies for Including Diverse Learners 2011 brings together educators, principals, school teams and parents/members of the school community. Experts in the fields of instructional/assistive technology, education, parent leadership, positive behavioral supports, universal design, transition and disability studies will provide presentations, discussions, and interactive activities to teach about tools and strategies for creating successful inclusive classrooms, schools, and communities.

This year's focus: building relationships with colleagues, with students and with parents.

July 12 - July 14, 2011
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Temple University Student Center
1755 N. 13th Street
Room location to be determined
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Designed for:

  • Professionals, administrators and teachers in Philadelphia schools and surrounding areas
  • School community members
  • Graduate students
  • Parents
  • Act 48 credits are available
  • Continental breakfast served daily
  • Free parking and SEPTA tokens available

Fee for three day event:

For School Personnel

$350 per person for INDIVIDUAL registrants
$280 per person for TEAM registrants
Register by June 20 and save 10%!

For Parents

$75 per person

Preliminary Program

Promoting Meaningful Collaborative Relationships
Presented by: Patrick Schwarz, PhD, professor at National-Louis University, Chicago, and author, motivational speaker and leader in Education (Inclusive Education, Special Education, General Education, Educational Leadership) and Human Services
Collaborative relationships are essential for human growth, support, understanding and learning. Proven techniques to promote successful relationships in schools, classrooms, after-school settings and the community will be provided. A major focus will be on collaboration structures and areas of interest. A hands-on approach to achieve realistic applications for self-advocates. Use of technology, education for sexuality and protective behaviors will be highlighted. Participants will leave this workshop with practical, real-life relationship action steps that can be immediately implemented.

PANEL DISCUSSION—Establishing Life-Changing Relationships for ALL Students in Higher Education
Presented by: Kathy Miller, the Academy for Adult Learning Project Director and a panel of Temple students
Students and mentors from the Institute's Academy for Adult Learning program will be featured in a panel discussion about the importance of establishing and maintaining relationships among students in higher education to not only encourage full inclusion but to enhance the experience of all students. The Academy for Adult Learning is a two year post-secondary inclusive educational experience for young adults with intellectual disabilities at Temple University. Each Academy participant is partnered with a matriculated Temple student called a "mentor."

Sexuality and Sex: Negotiating Between Perceptions and Reality
Presented by: Beverly Frantz, EdD, coordinator of the Criminal Justice and Sexual Health initiatives at the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University.
Talking about sexuality/sex can be difficult, especially with students with intellectual disabilities. This workshop will help participants understand the difference between sexuality and sex and how the participants' own life experience, education, and work responsibilities help shape their attitudes and influence their response to perceived or real sexual behavior of students. It will also illustrate the slippery slope from healthy sexual behavior, to questionable sexual behavior, and to sexual violence, as a victim or offender.

Dr. Frantz has extensive experience in victim and disability, She is co-founder of A Woman's Place, a domestic violence program and shelter, and serves on the faculty of AEquitas, the National Institute on Prosecution of Sexual Violence.

Internet Safety and Cyber-bullying
Presented by: Janene M. Holter, Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, Education and Outreach Program
This interactive session will focus on prudent and safe use of the internet, offering tools and education for individuals to protect themselves online. Social networking, internet games and other sites will be addressed, as well as issues such as cyber-bullying.

Ms. Holter holds Masters of Public Administration with a concentration in Criminal Justice degree from Marywood University.

Bullying Awareness and Prevention for Students with Disabilities
Presented by: Parents Education Network in collaboration with PACER Center's National Bullying Prevention Center (PACER is the Minnesota Parent Training and Information Center)
Important information about bullying of children with disabilities including the definition, perceptions, types of, and dynamics of bullying. Also the impact of bullying on students, what parents and school personnel can do, laws and rights of students with disabilities, and intervention strategies.

iPads - There's an App for That!
Presented by: Therese Wilkomm, Director of the New Hampshire Statewide Assistive Technology Program, with the Institute on Disability, and Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of New Hampshire
Explore the many iPad, iTouch, and iPhone applications or "apps" that can benefit students with disabilities. These apps are organized by functional areas and activities and include apps for communication, voice recognition, vision and hearing, organization and memory, "fidget", creative expression, as well as access solutions addressing fine motor abilities. This session will demonstrate low-cost methods for mounting the iPad and iTouch to a desk, table, chair, or bed. Hands-on opportunities to explore the devices and learn about new apps will be included!


Julie Kessler
Phone: 215-204-1977

Institute on Disabilities at Temple University
University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service