Allen Condeluci





Dr. Al Condeluci has been a leader in human services and disability advocacy work for the past 45 years. Holding a PhD and MSW from the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Condeluci has been the CEO of CLASS (Community Living and Support Services) a major nonprofit organization in Pittsburgh, PA since 1973. He holds faculty status at the University of Pittsburgh in the Schools of Social Work, and Health, Rehab Sciences. He is author of 7 books including the acclaimed, Interdependence: The Route to Community (1995) and more recently, Social Capital: The Key to Macro Change (2014). He serves on a number of nonprofit boards and government commissions on state, local and national levels. He helped found, and convenes the Interdependence Network, an international coalition of professionals, family members, and consumers interested in community engagement and macro change. He can be reached at, or @acondeluci on Twitter.

Conference Presentation

Keynote Lecture: The Power and Potency of Social Capital – An Antidote for Social Isolation

Friendships are essential to all of us – but especially for children and young adults, who begin to frame their worth and self-esteem through the mirror of others.  Yet vulnerable people are clearly at risk of social isolation from peers for a variety of reasons.  New evidence is being uncovered through action research that is documenting this disconnection – especially for children and adults who are experiencing disabilities.  Our opening plenary will examine this phenomenon by exploring the notions of social capital, social isolation, and community engagement activities.  Recent macro data will be revealed, but more, strategies and actions to mitigate this disconnection will be introduced.



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