14th Annual Northeastern U.S. Conference on disABILITY

Disability Conference Save the Date


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


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.


  • Laura Owens is the president of TransCen, an organization that provides training and technical assistance to improve educational and employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. She was the Executive Director of APSE (the Association of People Supporting Employment-First), and is the founder of Creative Employment Opportunities, Inc. (CEO), and employment agency for individuals with disabilities.
Rebecca Alexander, born with Usher Syndrome type III, has been simultaneously losing both her vision and hearing since she was a child, and was told that she would likely be completely blind and deaf by age 30. Then, at 18, a fall from a window left her athletic body completely shattered. Rebecca is a psychotherapist, author, fitness instructor, advocate, and extreme athlete who holds two master’s degrees from Columbia University in Public Health and Clinical Social Work. She currently lives in New York City where she maintains her psychotherapy practice treating individuals, couples, and families. As a fitness     instructor with over 12 years of experience in the field, Rebecca is a leader in the fitness industry. Rebecca’s memoir, Not Fade Away: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found (Penguin Books; September 2014) received an Indie Book Award and an award from the MS Society's Books For A Better Life. In her memoir, Rebecca tells her extraordinary story by turns harrowing, funny, and inspiring. Rebecca has been featured on The Today Show, The Meredith Vieira Show, The Dr Oz Show, Morning Joe, the New York Times, the New York Post, New York magazine, Fitness magazine, Glamour magazine, Shape magazine, Marie Claire magazine, Glamour UK magazine, and The Daily Mail.


Rebecca Spirito Dalgin, Ph.D.
e-mail: dalginr2@scranton.edu
voice: 570-941-7819
fax: 570-941-7950

Lori Bruch, Ed.D.
e-mail: bruchl1@scranton.edu
voice: 570-941-4308
fax: 570-941-7950

Please click here for this year's conference brochure.


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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