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Event: Attend the 17th Annual Disability Symposium


Each year the University of Pennsylvania and the Office of Student Disabilities Services, which works closely with the Office of Learning Resources here at the Weingarten Center, coordinates an annual disability symposium (previous Symposia information) to discuss how university staff, faculty, and administrators can better serve students of all abilities.

  • This year’s symposium will be held on Friday, April 13th
  • The location will be at Houston Hall is located at 3417 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA.
  • The theme for this year’s symposium is Positive Outlooks.

With this in mind, the day will include discussions that consider optimism and resilience in our work with students and in our own lives.

This year’s symposium looks to be a day that is full of engaging and worthwhile discussions. There are two plenary speakers (Speaker Biographies):

  • Jeanne Kincaid, JD, who is a disability lawyer that works with universities across the country, and
  • Karen Reivich, PhD, who is the Director of Resilience and Positive Psychology Training here at the University of Pennsylvania.

In addition to these two speakers, there are smaller breakout discussions. Some of the ideas covered in these workshops will be utilizing Universal Design to increase access across college campuses, reconsidering how we respond to cope with adult ADHD, understanding how micro-aggressions and stigmas impact the lives of students with disabilities, and on how campuses can better respond to students who are living with serious mental health conditions.

The symposium promises to bring people together not only from Penn but also from other colleges and universities across the region. For a closer look at the schedule, see below:



7:45 AM Symposium Opens; Breakfast Begins
8:15 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM Morning Plenary – “Keeping it all in Perspective”
10:45 AM – Noon Concurrent Morning Sessions
Noon – 1:00PM Lunch
1:00 PM – 2:15 PM Afternoon Plenary – “Cultivating Optimism for Resilience and Wellbeing”
2:30 PM – 3:45 PM Concurrent Afternoon Sessions
3:45 PM – 4:30 PM Afternoon Snack-and-Chat

If you are interested in attended, the symposium is free for all students, staff, and faculty who are affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. If you are interested, register here: . For more information, visit this link from the Office of Student Disabilities Services website.

By Staff Writer: Kelcey Grogan, Learning Instructor and Research Fellow

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