Let’s Not Repeat the Past: Employment & Real Potential for People with Disabilities

Thursday, October 18, 2018
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Rodef Shalom Temple 4905 Fifth Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Join the Western Pennsylvania Disability History and Action Consortium and the Heinz History Center as we present a brief talk, “From Almshouses (1705) to Today: Work Models/Options for People with Disabilities” by Guy Caruso, Western Coordinator for the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, and a rich discussion with experts in Western Pennsylvania exploring that history and contemporary efforts to increase inclusive employment for people with disabilities.

Funding for this event provided by the Edith L. Trees Charitable Trust. Support also provided by ACHIEVA; the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, 21 and Able Initiative; and the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University.


Registration for this program is free. Please register HERE by October 10th.

Accessibility: ASL interpretation will be provided. Other accommodations available upon request. Please request by contacting Mary Hartley at info@wpdhac.org or 412-204-7199.

Parking is available and the location is close to major bus lines.

Panel 1: People with Developmental Disabilities & Employment Changes-What still needs to happen in Western Pennsylvania?

Moderator: Steve Suroviec, CEO, ACHIEVA
? Suzanne Ratnavale, Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania
? John Seely, Empowering Lives (Altoona)
? Eric Welsh, ACHIEVA
? Kelly Gunther, ACHIEVA

Panel 2: Innovative Models of Employment in Western Pennsylvania

Moderator: Marci Katona, District Administrator Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)
? Phil Glofelty, Game Masters
? Bernadette Kazar, Pawlicious Pet Food
? John Miller, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
? Jeremy Shapira, Giant Eagle
? Heather Sedlacko, United Way Southwestern Pennsylvania

Panel 3: How to Work when you Need Essential Benefits

Moderator: Dr. Josie Badger United Way’s #IWantToWork
? Erin Guay, Pennsylvania Health Law Project
? Joy Smith, AHEDD
? Libby Powers Disability Options Network Center for Independent Living
? Heather Tomko, University of Pittsburgh