The 13th Annual Disability Symposium will be held at the University of Pennsylvania on Friday, April 11, 2014.  Listen to outstanding keynote speakers.  Participate in workshops on contemporary topics. Contribute to breakfast and lunch conversations. Extend discussions at the symposium-ending snack and chat. Take away ideas and inspiration.

We invite you to Add Your Voice!

LOCATION is Houston Hall on the University of Pennsylvania campus.  Houston Hall is located at 3417 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA.  Breakfast, lunch, and the two plenary sessions will be held in Houston Hall's Bodek Lounge.  Registration is located next to Bodek Lounge.  Workshops will be held in Houston Hall and next door at Irvine Auditorium.  Both buildings are wheelchair accessible.

Featured Speakers

Angela Duckworth, Ph.D. is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and a 2013 MacArthur Fellow.  Angela studies non-IQ competencies, including self-control and grit, which predict success both academically and professionally. Her research populations have included West Point cadets, National Spelling Bee finalists, novice teachers, salespeople, and students. Dr. Duckworth received a BA in Neurobiology from Harvard in 1992 and, as a Marshall Scholar, a Masters in Neuroscience from Oxford. She completed her Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to her career in research, Dr. Duckworth founded a non-profit summer school for low-income children which won the Better Government Award for the state of Massachusetts and was profiled as a Harvard Kennedy School case study. Dr. Duckworth has also been a McKinsey management consultant and, for five years, a math teacher in the public schools of San Francisco, Philadelphia, and New York City.

Adam Taliaferro, Esq. While playing football for Penn State in a game against rival, Ohio State, Mr. Taliaferro made a routine helmet-to-helmet tackle that would change the course of his life. He had broken his neck�a similar injury suffered by the late, Christopher Reeve.  Given only a 3% chance of ever walking again, he fought insurmountable odds to not only walk, but to walk well.

Though playing football is no longer in Adam's future, many around the nation have followed his inspirational tale of recovery, leading authors Scott Brown and Sam Carchidi to chronicle his remarkable story in their 2001 book Miracle in the Making. Mr. Taliaferro is currently a Health Care Advocate with Bristol Myers Squibb and holds office as the youngest Freeholder in the state of New Jersey as a member of the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders. He has also started his own foundation, "The Adam Taliaferro Foundation," that provides financial assistance to individuals affected by spinal cord injuries which has raised over $1 million to date. Through his foundation and his passion for motivational speaking, Mr. Taliaferro continues to provide hope for many people who may feel that there is no reason to hope at all.



*If you missed registering for this year, please make sure you save the date for next year's symposium on April 10, 2015!

Registration Form

Hotel and Travel Information

Symposium Schedule

Workshop Descriptions

Plenary Descriptions

Speaker Biographies

Exibitor Information and Registration

Symposium Handouts

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Weingarten Learning Resources Center
Student Disabilities Services
3702 Spruce Street, Suite 300; Philadelphia, PA 19104-6027
Phone:  215.573.9235      TDD:  215.746.6320
FAX:    215.746.6326
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