Al Condeluci presents Belonging Matters - Rochester

Al Condeluci presents Belonging Matters - Rochester

May 19, 2018 8:15 am until May 19, 2018 3:30 pm

At The Strong | National Museum of Play


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Tags: self-direction, community, inclusion

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NOTE: Online registration is closed. Please contact Joyce Steel at (585) 224-7334 to register between May 15th and May 19th.

Starbridge is pleased to welcome Dr. Al Condeluci back to Rochester!

Al Condeluci

In times of happiness or worry or change, who do you call on for support? Family? Friends? Your faith community? Having a network of meaningful relationships is a critical component of a healthy, happy life for all people. For people who have disabilities, it is important to build connections outside of immediate family and support staff.

This network of connections beyond immediate family is often referred to as social capital. Having more social capital leads to increased opportunities and a sense of belonging—whether in school, at work, or in our community.

Starbridge is pleased to welcome internationally respected scholar Dr. Al Condeluci back to Rochester to continue the conversation about social capital and how this leads to inclusive, vibrant communities.

In the morning session, Al will review what social capital is and why belonging matters. He will debut new information from recent research conducted by CLASS, Chatham University, and Mamre, an organization in Brisbane, Australia. Together they are examining patterns of family engagement.

In the afternoon session, we will continue the conversation around some important aspects of social capital, exploring questions such as:

  • What is your greatest fear in engagement?
  • What skills do you think are necessary in building relationships?
  • What role does culture play in building relationships?

Conference Schedule

Registration and continental breakfast—8:15-9:00am

Morning session—9:00-12:00pm

Lunch (provided)—12:00pm-1:00pm

Afternoon session—1:00-3:30pm

Registration and Fees


$59/person for professionals

FREE for self-advocates and family members of people who have disabilities—thanks to funding provided by Starbridge’s grants from FL DDRO and PTIC

Registration is required by May 14, 2018.



About Al Condeluci, PhD

Al Condeluci has been an advocate, a catalyst for building community capacities, and leader in understanding social culture since 1970. He has worked as an attendant, caseworker, advocate, planner, program director, and CEO of CLASS—a family of corporations dedicated to its mission of a community where everyone belongs. He is a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh.

Al is a national leader and consultant on human services and community issues. He speaks annually to national and international audiences, and has published multiple books.

You can read more of Al’s thoughts on social capital and other topics on his blog at

For a printable version of the flyer, please click here.


If you need support to attend, please call Joyce Steel at 585-224-7334.


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