13th Annual Northeastern U.S. Conference on disABILITY

2014 Save the Date


  • Electronic Registration
    • Registration is closed for this year's conference.

  • Paper Registration
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  • disABILITY Conference Mission
    • The University of Scranton believes that disability is part of the human experience and that assisting individuals and families living with disabilities to achieve optimal quality of life requires multidisciplinary interventions, education, research and leadership. The mission of the Conference on disABILITY is to positively influence the quality of life and wellness of individuals and families living with disabilities by promoting in its deliberations the foundational principles of individualization, self-determination, productivity, employment, independence and full participation in community life by creating an effective learning environment, collaborative and focused discussion and the identification and sharing of effective practices useful in the United States and around the world.


  • Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D.
    • President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Archbishop of Louisville, Ky.

      Elected President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on November 12, 2013,
      Archbishop Kurtz serves on the executive and administrative committees of that body. He is the vice
      chancellor of the board of the Catholic Extension Society and serves on the boards of numerous
      organizations, including: Catholic University of America, the National Catholic Bioethics Center,
      St. Charles Seminary, Leadership Louisville, and the Advisory Board to the Cause for Archbishop
      Fulton Sheen’s beatification.

      His Holiness Benedict XVI appointed Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D. as the fourth Archbishop
      and ninth bishop of the Archdiocese of Louisville in 2007. He was installed as Archbishop of Louisville
      on August 15, 2007. Previoiusly, Archbishop Kurtz served as Bishop of Knoxville from 1999 to 2007.
      Archbishop Kurtz was born in Mahanoy City, Pa., earned bachelor and master of divinity degrees
      from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia and a master’s degree in social work from
      Marywood University. Before becoming Bishop of Knoxville, he served for 27 years in the Diocese
      of Allentown, Pa.

      Archbishop Kurtz is known as an advocate for persons with disabilities and his lifelong devotion
      to his brother, Georgie, who had Down’s Syndrome. His keynote address will discuss disability from
      a faith-based perspective.

  • Janet L. LaBreck
    • Commissioner, Rehabilitation Services Administration, U.S. Department of Education

      Although Commissioner Janet LaBreck lost her vision by the age of ten, she has never let her disability get
      in the way of her dreams. In 2007, after more than 20 years as an advocate for the blind community, LaBreck
      was appointed Commissioner of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind by Governor Deval Patrick.
      As an ambassador for more than 30,000 legally blind residents, LaBreck has organized campaigns that have
      effectively increased employment opportunities for the blind. There is no better testament to her profound
      influence than the Commission’s award-winning internship program which is being replicated throughout the
      country. In August of 2013, the United States Senate confirmed Commissioner LaBreck as the Commissioner
      of Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) within the United States Department of Education.

  • Kathleen West-Evans
    • Director of Business Relations for the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR)

      Kathleen West-Evans has more than 30 years of vocational rehabilitation and employment experience and
      is fluent in American Sign Language. Kathleen worked within the Washington State Division of Vocational
      Rehabilitation as a VR counselor, assistant regional administrator, and a regional business relations specialist
      before moving to the federal level with Region X office of the RSA, where she worked until 2005. Currently,
      she is the founder and lead staff person for development of the National Employment Team — the national
      Vocational Rehabilitation-Business Network. The network serves business customers, VR consumers with
      disabilities, and the 80 state vocational rehabilitation agencies.


  • Conference Co-Chairs
    • Lori Bruch, Ed.D.

      e-mail: bruchl1@scranton.edu

      voice: 570-941-4308

      fax: 570-941-7950

      Rebecca Spirito Dalgin, Ph.D.

      e-mail: dalginr2@scranton.edu

      voice: 570-941-7819

      fax: 570-941-7950


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    • As with all special events, it is so important to have support from dedicated sponsors to achieve success. Our financial sponsors and participating vendors are an essential part of the conference experience. We invite your organization to join us in the celebration. Several packages are offered to meet your corporate needs and donation comfort level.

      To receive a sponsorship packet, please contact:

      Meg Hambrose, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

      Email: margaret.hambrose@scranton.edu

      Phone: (570) 941-4262

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