House Democratic Policy Committee to hold hearing on Building Inclusive Disability Curriculum Thursday in Capitol

HARRISBURG, July 21 – State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, announced today that the House Democratic Policy Committee will hold a public hearing on Building Inclusive Disability Curriculum as part of Disability Pride Philadelphia’s Virtual PA 2020.

The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 23, in Room G-50 Irvis Office Building in Harrisburg. The media and public are urged to watch the livestream at

The hearing was requested by State Rep. Joe Hohenstein, D-Phila., to explore how educational curriculums can be more inclusive of the disability community. Testifiers and members will participate in person and remotely.

Testifiers will include: 

  • Jamie Ray-Leonetti, Associate Director of Policy, Temple Institute on Disabilities
  • Alan Holdsworth, Director, Disability Equality in Education
  • Dr. Thomas Neuville, Professor and Disability Studies Advisor, Millersville University
  • ShaVon Savage, Elementary School Principal, School District of Philadelphia
  • Lisa Aquila, Home Care Worker and Disability Advocate
  • Nadine Silber, Autistic Activist and Disability Educator
  • Nancy Ostroff, Disability Advocate
  • Shawn Aleong, Student, Temple University

Following the hearing, testimonies and full hearing video will be posted at