Institute Events and Trainings
Institute on Disabilities at Temple University


2014 Mini Course/Lecture Series on Disabilities

The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University hosts guest speakers and lecturers several times each year for its Mini Course/Lecture Series on Disabilities. Experts in a wide variety of fields including Disability Studies, Assistive Technology, Leadership Development, and Social Policy present lectures and programs to students, parents, teachers and other professionals in the field of disabilities.

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Listen to or view select presenters from past Mini Course Lecture Series events. Not all lectures are included in the archive.

Upcoming Programs
October 2014

Redesigning Health Care for Children with Disabilities: Strengthening Inclusion, Contribution, and Health

Presented by Dr. Heidi Feldman, Stanford School of Medicine, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford


6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (6:30 - 7:30 PM Presentation, 7:30 - 8:30 PM Questions/Dessert Reception)
Registration is required by October 20.

Rodef Shalom
4905 Fifth Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

About the Topic

Going far beyond the traditional model of treating and reducing symptoms, renowned pediatrician Heidi Feldman gives families of children with disabilities as well as health care and human service professionals a big-picture blueprint for improving the lives of children with disabilities and helping them participate fully in family and community life.

Dr. Feldman's presentation will address the key priorities that improve children's lives: inclusion in community life, contribution to society, and health and well-being. She will discuss the challenges of delivering health care to children with disabilities including techniques to collaborate on comprehensive, integrated care plans with parents and other professionals.

About the Presenter

PHOTO: Heidi M. Feldman MD PhD Heidi M. Feldman MD PhD holds the Ballinger-Swindells Endowed Professorship in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine and serves as the Medical Director of the Mary L Johnson Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Clinical Programs at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.

Dr. Feldman earned a PhD at the University of Pennsylvania in Developmental Psychology. She was on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh and worked at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh for 22 years before moving to Stanford University in 2006. She is also served as director of both the LEND Pittsburgh and of the Down Syndrome Center, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (1989-1991).

Dr. Feldman has had long-standing research interests in child language, particularly in children with medical and neurological conditions that put language learning at risk. Between 1995 and 2006, she served as the Project Director of a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities grant to the University of Pittsburgh, which trained advanced professionals to serve children with disabilities through leadership and advocacy.

Since 2006, she has worked closely with First 5 San Mateo County to improve the identification of children with special health care needs at young ages and to coordinate care for these children and their families. Dr. Feldman has held leadership positions in the American Academy of Pediatrics, Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, and American Board of Pediatrics.

She is on the Board of Abilities United, a community-based organization that serves individuals with disabilities across the age span. She has taught Developmental Disabilities: From Biology to Policy in Human Biology at Stanford University.

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More information

  • This event is FREE.
  • Registration is required by October 20.
  • Requests for accommodations must submitted by October 13.


  • Achieva
  • Jewish Family and Children's Services of Pittsburgh
  • Peal Center
  • Consumer Health Coalition
  • Nina Butler, Parent/Advocate
  • Aurelia Carter-Scott, Parent/Advocate

The Mini Course Lecture Series is a program of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University.


For more information:
Guy Caruso, Ph.D.
Western Coordinator, Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, College of Education
Voice: 724-934-1142