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President / CEO

Jesse A. Torisky


Jesse A. Torisky







Daniel A. Torisky

Daniel A. Torisky

President Emeritus

Daniel A. Torisky


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 (, 2009*

*Indicates current programs and projects currently ongoing