Institute on Disabilities

Temple opens innovative TechOWL Community Space
Type: News Story
The space serves as a hub for people with disabilities.
May 1, 2024
ACES 2023 participants in front of the Owl statue
Temple ACES program empowers young adults using communication for nonspeakers
Type: News Story
Temple’s TechOWL at the Institute on Disabilities hosts a two-week residential program assisting and encouraging young adults using communication for nonspeakers.
August 8, 2023
Six people at a wheelchair repair workshop. The instructor is repairing a manual wheelchair. One of the students is using a wheelchair.
TechOWL receives a $500,000 grant to open a community lab in North Philadelphia
Type: News Story
TechOWL, Pennsylvania’s designated Assistive Technology Act program, has received a $500,000 grant to create a community space in North Philadelphia.
March 22, 2023
Temple flag outside Sullivan Hall
COVID-19 poses increased risk to those with autism or intellectual disability
Type: News Story
While people with autism or intellectual disability face the same risk of contracting COVID-19 as the general public, they are more likely to die from it.
December 2, 2020
Diana “D” Rich, a student, receiving a customized visor for her communication device.
From cardboard comes possibilities
Type: News Story
The students from the HMS School in West Philadelphia received customized, life-changing fittings through a collaborative Temple project.
December 12, 2017
Mark Ovington, 5, sitting in his adaptive chair made of cardboard
Project creates cardboard adaptations for kids with disabilities
Type: News Story
The cardboard adaptations are affordable for families and ensure the children can participate and thrive at home and elsewhere.
September 25, 2017
Alumna Ariell Johnson talking with comic books in the background.
Confronting society’s conceptions of disabilities in the arts and media
Type: News Story
Alumni, faculty, students and experts join in a day of conversation about representation of the disability community in the arts and media at the annual Disability and Change Symposium.
March 24, 2017
Bringing justice to those with disabilities
Type: News Story
For people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, navigating the criminal-justice system is difficult. That is where the Criminal Justice Project in the Institute on Disabilities at Temple comes in: The project helps individuals with disabilities, their families and others understand the justice system.
January 30, 2014
Play brings "A Fierce Kind of Love" to life
Type: News Story
“A Fierce Kind of Love,” a play sponsored by Temple’s Institute on Disabilities that portrays the history of the intellectual disabilities movement, will have its first public reading on Monday, March 18, at Christ Church Neighborhood House in Philadelphia.
March 13, 2013
Performance art helps deepen understanding of disabilities at Temple institute
Type: News Story
Since last spring, Temple's Institute on Disabilities has been awarded six new grants totaling $1.1 million, including $75,000 from Pew Center for Arts & Heritage to produce a play featuring people with intellectual disabilities as part of the cast.
January 9, 2013
Bookmobile aids visually impaired
Type: In the Media
September 20, 2011