Institute Events and Trainings
Institute on Disabilities at Temple University


Fall 2015 Mini Course/Lecture Series on Disabilities

The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University hosts guest speakers and lecturers several times each year for its Mini Course/Lecture Series on Disabilities. Experts in a wide variety of fields including Disability Studies, Assistive Technology, Leadership Development, and Social Policy present lectures and programs to students, parents, teachers and other professionals in the field of disabilities.

 Multimedia archive of the Lecture Series
Listen to or view select presenters from past Mini Course Lecture Series events. Not all lectures are included in the archive.

Upcoming This Fall—Registration Now Open!

December 1 or December 2
Bridges to the Community: Building Social Capital

PHOTO of presenter Cathy Ficker Terrill

presented by

Two Dates
Two Locations

9:30 AM - NOON (Registration begins at 8:30)
Registration is recommended.
Westmoreland Casemanagement and Supports Inc. (WCSI)
770 East Pittsburgh Street
Greensburg, PA 15601
Location information:

Register Online for December 1 Lecture

9:30 AM - NOON (Registration begins at 8:30)
Registration is recommended.
Berks County Services Center
633 Court Street
Reading, PA 19601

Register Online for December 2 Lecture

About the Presentation

How can you help individuals with disabilities build their social capital to enhance their lives?

The Mini Course Lecture Series is a program of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University. Co-sponsors: Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council, Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania, and PACA MH/DS—Pennsylvania Association of County of Mental Health and Developmental Services.

About the Presenter

PHOTO of presenter Cathy Ficker Terrill Cathy Ficker Terrill is the CEO of CQL, the Council on Quality and Leadership. Her job is to define, measure and improve personal quality of life for people with disabilities. Her career has included working in leadership positions in government, non-profit organizations, university teaching, advocacy and supporting and mentoring self-advocates. Before joining CQL as CEO Cathy was the CEO of The Institute on Public Policy for People with Disabilities, an organization dedicated to providing leadership and technical assistance to drive public policy and promote best practices for individuals with disabilities.

Previously Cathy served as CEO of the Ray Graham Association, where she used the CQL Personal Outcome Measures® to reinvent a provider agency to become a more community based, person-centered organization. She joins the ranks of Past Presidents of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), as well as a former President of Illinois TASH. She has authored a manual on Consent Issues for Self-Advocates and Direct Care Staff. She is a past two term White House Appointee to the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID). For the past 25 years, Cathy has volunteered internationally, helping to create services for people with disabilities in Kosovo, Poland, Russia, Korea, Cyprus, Lithuania, Japan, Saudi Arabia and China.

More information

  • This event is FREE.
  • Registration is recommended.
  • Requests for accommodations must submitted with your registration, by November 16.

October 21, 2015
The Importance of Belonging
was presented by David Pitonyak


OCTOBER 21, 2015
Harrisburg, PA

About the Presentation

A sense of belonging is critical to our well-being. David believes that a source of suffering for many people is not their experience with disability, but rather the isolation that often results from the experience of disability.

This workshop examined the importance of relationships in our lives and ideas for helping people to build positive, enduring relationships.

The Mini Course Lecture Series is a program of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University. Co-sponsors: Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council and Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania.

About the Presenter

PHOTO of presenter David Pitonyak David Pitonyak is interested in positive approaches to difficult behaviors. He believes that difficult behaviors are "messages" which can tell us important things about a person and his or her surroundings. Understanding the "meaning" of an individual's difficult behaviors is the first step in supporting the person (and the person's supporters) to change. David has consulted with families and professionals in the US, Canada, England, Ireland and the Netherlands. He lives in Blacksburg, Virginia with his wife Cyndi and two sons, Joe and Sam.

Special Reception

12:30 PM: light lunch and gallery talk facilitated by David Pitonyak at the Capitol Rotunda for Here. Stories from Selinsgrove Center and KenCrest Services.

Introduction from
Nancy Thaler, Deputy Secretary, Office of Developmental Programs and
Kevin Dressler, Director of State Operated Intermediate Care Facilities.