With a goal to increase employment, transition and independent living options for persons with disabilities, The University of Scranton will host its 12th Annual Northeastern U.S. Conference on disAbility on Wednesday, Oct. 2, in the Patrick and Margaret DeNaples Center on campus. The daylong conference, hosted by the University‘s Panuska College of Professional Studies with the support of the Edward R. Leahy, Jr. Endowment, is themed “Real Rehabilitation Renaissance: Ignited by Inspiration and Innovation.”
While in previous years the conference has focused on a specific topic, the theme of this year’s conference is more wide-ranging. “Rehabilitation, by its very nature, encompasses a wide range of programs and services,” says Rebecca Spirito Dalgin, Ph.D., associate professor of rehabilitation counseling at Scranton, and the conference co-chair. “With tracks in employment, transition and independent living, the conference will explore topics that are at the core of rehabilitation."
Conference topics will be of interest to educators; community, rehabilitation and school counselors; school psychologists; independent living specialists; social workers, nurses, physical therapists and occupational therapists; and individuals with disabilities and their families. Continuing education units will be available.
State and nationally recognized leaders will speak at the conference. The opening keynote features Janet LaBreck, nominated recently by President Obama for commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration of the Department of Education. LaBreck currently is the commissioner of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB), a position she has held since 2007. She has served in various positions with MCB since 1985. She is also an adjunct professor at Assumption College, where she teaches courses in rehabilitation of the blind and case management in rehabilitation. She was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the New England College of Optometry.