Dean Pellegrino Presents at NEPA Learning Conference

    September 22, 2020

    Dr. Debra Pellegrino, dean of The University of Scranton’s Panuska College of Professional Studies (PCPS), served as a panelist for the virtual NEPA Learning Conference that was held on Thursday, Sept. 17. Dean Pellegrino’s presentation was titled “Collaborative Philanthropy in Action” as she presented the work of The University of Scranton and the Autism Collaborative Center of Excellence (ACCE) alongside five other panelists.

    “It was a wonderful opportunity to explain the story of ACCE with the positive aspects of collaboration as well as its peaks and valleys,” Dean Pellegrino said. “Collaboratives are messy but so worthwhile especially when you are serving individuals with autism in the 13 county region of Northeastern and North Central Pennsylvania. The key with any collaborative is come to the table with your ideas and stay at the table.”

    The 19 projects of ACCE will now be presented at the 19th annual U.S. Conference on disABILITY presented by PCPS and The Edward R. Leahy, Jr. Endowment. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the conference will be held virtually on Tuesday, Oct. 6. This marks the second consecutive year that the conference will focus on exploring Autism across the Spectrum and building inclusive communities.

    “The ACCE conversations began in 2017 after examining the census data research. In the 13 county region, one in 68 individuals are diagnosed with ASD (autism spectrum disorder),” said Dean Pellegrino.

    Registration for the 19th annual U.S. Conference on disABILITY is now open and can be completed by clicking here

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