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Logo reads:  Let's Not Repeat the Past: History Meets Disability Advocacy 2018

Panelists Announced for October 18th Event

Employment & Real Potential for People with Disabilities at Rodef Shalom

Please REGISTER  by October 12th                                              

Opening message by Representative Mike Turzai, Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Panels follow brief history lecture by Guy Caruso, Institute on Disabilities at Temple University.

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
  • 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
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.

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 9:30 am-Noon at Rodef Shalom Temple, 4905 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh 15213

Accessibility: ASL interpretation will be provided. Other accommodations available upon request. Please request by contacting Mary Hartley at or 412-204-7199 no later than October 9th. Parking is available in the free lot and the location is close to major bus lines.

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