18th Annual U.S. Conference on disABILITY

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    Contact Information and Registration

  • Contact Information and Registration
    • The conference is free and open to the public, but for those who would like to receive CEUs, there is a $25 fee. CEUs available for this year's conference include NBCC, PA/Professional Counselor/LSW, and CRCC.

      If you would like further information about the conference, please contact the conference co-chairs: Rebecca Dalgin, rebecca.dalgin@scranton.edu, 570-941-7819 or Lori Bruch, lori.bruch@scranton.edu, 570-941-4308.

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  • Conference Mission

  • 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.

  • Speakers

  • Patrick R. Progar, Ph.D., BCBA-D
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      Patrick R. Progar, Ph.D., BCBA-D Is Vice President of Behavioral Services at The Center for Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Health and an adjunct faculty member at Rider University. Previous to this he served as the Executive Director of Princeton Child Development Institute for several years. Patrick also served as the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Applied Behavior Analysis at Caldwell College (now Caldwell University). Patrick received his BA degree from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire and his MS and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Patrick has served as a faculty member at several colleges and universities and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in developmental disabilities and applied behavior analysis at Children’s Seashore House of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Research interests involve choice behavior, behavioral economics, self-management and a general interest in translational research.

  • Kerry Magro
    • Defining Autism: From Nonverbal to Professional Speaker


      Kerry Magro is an award-winning professional speaker and best-selling author who's on the autism spectrum. He started professional speaking 8 years ago via the National Speakers Association and has spoken at over 800 events during that time. In addition Kerry is CEO & President of KFM Making A Difference, a nonprofit organization that hosts inclusion events and has provided 60 scholarships for students with autism for college. In his spare time he hosts a Facebook Page called A Special Community that now has 160,000 Facebook followers where he does on-camera interviews highlighting people impacted by a diagnosis. His videos have been watched over 25 Million times. He'll be available during the event to interview several self-advocates to give them a platform to spotlight their stories.

      Kerry’s best-selling books Defining Autism From The Heart, Autism and Falling in Love and I Will Light It Up Blue! have all reached Amazon Best-Seller Lists for Special Needs Parenting. He’ll be available after his talk to sign copies of his books. For his efforts, Kerry has been featured in major media and worked with amazing brands including The Today Show, CBS News, Inside Edition, Upworthy and Huffington Post among others. Kerry resides in Hoboken, New Jersey and you can learn more about him and his work at Kerrymagro.com or contact him directly at Kerrymagro@gmail.com.


  • Jeremy & Chantal Sicile-Kara
    • Greatly I Dream….The Journey Towards A Colorful Life with Autism

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      Jeremy Sicile-Kira

      Jeremy Sicile-Kira is an autistic San Diego-based intuitive artist. In his early years, Jeremy was placed  in moderate/severe classrooms as well as having an after-school home program. By age 17, Jeremy had little speech but learned to type and point to letters. Subsequent to assessments, his local high school placed him in general education classes, and  Jeremy graduated at age 21 with a full academic diploma. Advocacy for others is an important part of Jeremy’s life and he  co-authored a book  A Full Life with Autism : (Macmillan) to help others transitioning to adult life.

      In 2012, Jeremy  began to tell others about his dreams: dreams that he was painting the emotions of people into colorful abstract portraits. Jeremy was encouraged by his mother to make his dreams come true, and began to paint in real life. In 2016 his first  curated solo show was covered by local and national media resulting in a sold-out show and many private commissions.  Jeremy continues his art career by participating in art shows and meeting clients for private commissions in his studio in San Diego or via Facetime.  To inspire others, Jeremy  gives “ability awareness” talks at local elementary and high schools, and does live painting demonstrations at conferences. For more information go to: Jeremysvision.com   

       Chantal Sicile-Kira

      Chantal Sicile-Kira’s passion for empowering others, her love of writing, and her interest in autism has led her to become an award-winning author, speaker, and leader in the field of autism. Chantal has over 25 years of experience as a parent and professional on both sides of the Atlantic.  Years ago, working at Fairview State Hospital provided Chantal with her first practical experience with autism. She taught self-help and community living skills to developmentally disabled and autistic adolescents in preparation for their de-institutionalization. This provided Chantal with the knowledge she would need later in life for raising her son, Jeremy.  

      In past years, Chantal served on the Transitional Services & Supports Taskforce of The California Legislative Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism, and as Co-Chair, South Counties Autism Regional Taskforce. Chantal and her family have been highlighted in Newsweek, on PBS, NPR, MTV, and Fox, Huntington Post and Psychology Today.  Her books are:  Autism Spectrum Disorder; A Full Life with Autism (co-authored with her son Jeremy); What is Autism?; Autism Life Skills; and  Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum. Currently, besides writing and speaking, Chantal  assists Jeremy in managing his painting career at Jeremy’s Vision and in continuing to develop his self-advocacy skills. For more information go to  AutismCollege.com 

  • Itinerary

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  • Lodging

  • Lodging Information
    • A block of rooms has been reserved for the conference for October 9 and 10, 2019. Please contact one of the hotels below if you are interested in booking a room.

      Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel
      Rate: $109 per night

      Cutoff Date: September 9, 2019

      Hilton Scranton & Conference Center
      Rate: $119 per night

      Cutoff Date: September 18, 2019


  • Sponsorships

  • Information Abount Sponsorship Opportunities
  • Sponsorships

  • The Graham Academy
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