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2017 Mini Course/Lecture Series on Disabilities

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - Pittsburgh
Changing the Conversation: Engaging Communities in Improving Outcomes for Individuals with Disabilities

Thursday, May 3, 2018
9:30 AM - Noon (Check in begins 8:30 AM)
This is a free event.


Rodef Shalom
4905 5th Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

About the Workshop

Erik Carter standing outdoors with tree in backgroundA "community conversation" is a unique, asset-based approach for engaging a cross-section of diverse citizens—including people from both within and (especially) beyond the service system—in making local changes that enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities. This workshop will focus on the practice and power of this approach to spurring community-level changes in areas as diverse as integrated employment, inclusive education, community participation, independent living, and congregational inclusion. Learn a practical and creative approach for launching local movements that invite ordinary citizens (not just the "usual suspects") to be part of expanding opportunities and supports for community members with disabilities.

About the Presenter

Erik Carter, PhD, is Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Special Education at Vanderbilt University. His research and teaching focuses on evidence-based strategies for supporting access to the general curriculum and promoting valued roles in school, work, community, and congregational settings for children and adults with intellectual disability, autism, and multiple disabilities. Prior to receiving his doctorate, Dr. Carter worked as a high school teacher and transition specialist. He has published more than 200 articles, chapters, and books in the areas of educational, transition, and community services for children and youth with disabilities.

More information

  • Registration is required.
  • Act 48 CEs available.
  • Social Work CEUs available.
  • Requests for accommodations must submitted with your registration, by April 16, 2018.

The Mini Course Lecture Series is a program of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University.
Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council, Disability Rights Pennsylvania, CLASS - Community Living and Support Services, Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care, and 21 and Able.

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