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Jesse A. Torisky

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Jesse A. Torisky

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daniel A. Torisky

Daniel A. Torisky

President Emeritus

Daniel A. Torisky

Vitae:

Parent of autistic son, Edward, born 1957

President, Autism Society of Pittsburgh, 1996-present

Secretary, Autism Society of Pennsylvania, 1999-present

Member (10-term president), Board of Trustees, Western Center and Mayview Mental Retardation Unit, 1976-2001

Secretary, Parents Group, Western Center, 1967-2002

Co-Founder, Incorporator, Pennsylvania Disabilities Rights Network, Inc. (formerly Pennsylvania Protection & Advocacy Inc., and Developmental Disabilities Advisory Network, Inc.), 1972

Former Vice-Chairman, Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council, 1970-1981

Consultant, Federal Developmental Disabilities and Bill of Rights Act, 1970-1972

Coordinator, U.S. Surgeon General’s Workshop on Autism and Related Disorders of Behavior and Communication, 1990-1992

Jefferson Award Winner, 1990

Co-Founder (current secretary) Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Association, 1983*

Co-Founder, Summer Program for the Education of Autistic Kids (SPEAK), 1974*

Past President, Autism Society of America, 1990-1992

Co-Founder, Autistic Children’s Program, Allegheny Intermediate Unit, 1971*

Founder, Parklands Payback Proposal to Employ Developmentally Disabled Individuals in Pennsylvania State Parks, 1972

Acting Director, Allegheny County Mental Health/Mental Retardation/Drug & Alcohol/Homeless & Hungry, 1996

Co-Founder, First Community Group Home for Retarded in Pennsylvania and nine more since 1970-1974*

Co-Founder, Proposal to Integrate State Centers with Community-Living settings, based on The Western Region Growth and Development Survey, 1974

Co-Founder, Spectrum Charter School for Developmentally Disabled Adolescents, 2000

Chair, Pennsylvania Autism Showcase Conference on Autism Task Force Findings, 2006

Co-Founder, Pennsylvania Autism Information System (autismresources.com), 2009*

*Indicates current programs and projects currently ongoing