11th Annual Northeastern U.S. Conference on disABILITY

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September 27, 2012


  • Electronic Registration
    • Registration is closed for the 2012 disABILITY Conference.

  • Paper Registration
    • Registration is closed for the 2012 disABILITY Conference.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Schedule of Events
  • Conference Program
    • Information coming soon.
  • Conference Brochure

  • Susan H. Connors
    • Susan H. Connors is president and chief executive officer of the Brain Injury Association of America. She was executive director of the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators from 2001 to 2005 and BIAA's national director of state affairs from 1995 to 2001. During the past 15 years, Ms. Connors has served in advisory capacities and on expert panels for several federal agencies, universities, and non-profit organizations and has authored numerous publications, position statements and articles. She has a bachelor's degree in public communication from George Mason University.
  • Kathleen West-Evans
    • Kathleen West-Evans is the Director of Business Relations for the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR). She has more than 30 years of vocational rehabilitation and eomployment experience and is fluent in American Sign Language. Kathleen worked withni 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 the 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.
  • Steven H. Suroviec
    • Stephen H. Suroviec is the Executive Director of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation within the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. Mr. Suroviec's disability policy experience spans 20 years. Prior to joining OVR, he served as the Executive Director of ARC of PA. In that position, he ran a statewide advocacy organization for people with intellectual disabilities and their families. He also served in numerous leadership positions including the Director of Human Services for Erie County, the Polict Director for the PA Department of Health, and then Deputy Secretary of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. He was an Executive Policy Specialist for the PA Department of Public Welfare ansd also served in Washington, D.C. as a Legislative Assistant for then-Congressman Tom Ridge (1991-1995) where he handled issues ranging from health care reform, aging, disability, social security, veteran affairs, national defense, and foreign affairs. Mr. Suroviec holds a Master's Degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor's Degree from the National University in California. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1984 to 1988 and earned an honorable discharge. He is a native of Waterford, Pennsylvania. The Mission of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation is to assist Pennsylvanians with disabilities to secure and maintain employment and independence.
  • Oswald "Oz" Mondejar
    • Oswald "Oz" Mondejar is the Vice President for Human Resources, Community Relations and Communications of Partners Continuing Care, Inc. ("PCC"), the non-acute care services division of Partners Healthcare. PCC includes rehabilitation and long term care hospitals, outpatient centers, skilled nursing facilities and home care. He has worked as a Human Resources Executive in a number of different industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, hospitality, and finance.
  • Anthony Aquan-Assee
    • Anthony Aquan-Assee, M.Ed., B.Ed., B.Sc., works in Toronto, Ontario, as a special education teacher, author, and motivational speaker. He is a recipient of The Courage to Come Back Award from the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health in Toronto after sustaining a Traumatic Brain Injury following a serious motorcycle accident. Anthony was in a coma for two weeks and not expected to live. Through his persistence and determination, Anthony has been able to recover the capacity to function effectively despite the overwhelming odds against him. His story was featured in Reader's Digest, July 2002. Anthony is also the author of Second Life, Second Chance: A Teacher's Chronicle of Despair, Recovery, and Triumph, winner of the Eric Hoffer Award for independent authors; Starting Over: A Survivor's Guide and the newly published fiction fantasy novel, Vendeka's Creed. Eight years after his accident, Anthony graduated from the University of Toronto with a Master of Education degree in Applied Cognitive Science. He lives in Toronto, Canada, with his wife Jennifer, and their two cats.

  • Become a Corporate Sponsor
    • 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 :

      Lori Bruch, Ed.D.

      e-mail: bruchl1@scranton.edu

      voice: 570-941-4308

      Rebecca Spirito Dalgin, P.D.

      e-mail: dalginr2@scranton.edu

      voice: 570-941-7819
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