Pennsylvania Forum: #NextGenInclusion

Toward Increasing Inclusion in Schools

Together, we can restart the positive discussion about the benefits and realities of including students with disabilities

November 30, 2023 9:30 am-4:30 pm

Harrisburg Hilton

This All Day Inclusion Forum with National/State Speakers is designed for Pennsylvania Self-Advocate and Family Leaders.

More Information about #NextGenInclusion

What you can expect from this forum:

  • Learn about Pennsylvania’s long history of inclusion leadership
  • What remains to be done to increase inclusion
  • Learn how inclusion can be built into schools and districts
  • Learn how to find resources so all students can be supported
  • Share messaging with families about inclusion

Featured Speakers Include: 

Michael McSheehan, national leader in education and systems change

Valerie Williams, Director of the Office of Special Education

Andrew Peterson, Self-Advocate

Jenna Rufo, founder and owner of EmpowerED School Solutions

Resources from the event:

The Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council is supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $3,095,416.00 with 100 percent funding by ACL/HHS. Council efforts are those of the grantee and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACL/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

PEAL promotes inclusion and access to education and healthcare and empowers families and young adults across Pennsylvania with funding from federal and state partners, nonprofit organizations, and donors. This forum is funded by a grant from the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council and the Pa. Department of Health’s Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant. Additional support is from the S. Kent Rockwell Foundation and the FISA Foundation. To learn more about our funders and donors, please visit the first page of our website: