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July 31 – August 3, 2017
The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel
State College, Pennsylvania

Tanya Regli

Tanya Regli currently serves as the executive director of The Arc of Philadelphia. She became involved in advocacy for children with special needs when her son was diagnosed with autism in 2002. At that time, she founded the Special Needs Advocacy Group to address issues affecting children with special needs in Cheltenham and Montgomery County. Regli also co-founded and ran Viewpoints Learning Project, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization designed to support inclusive environments in community centers and throughout the area. Raised in Colombia and Venezuela, she moved to the United States to attend college. Her early professional experience included paralegal work at Ayuda (Washington, D.C.), with a special focus on immigration issues with Central American immigrants, and she continued this work at Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigration Services in Boston. Her responsibilities ranged from refugee resettlement to the administration of adult ESL/literacy programs. She was also the executive director of a micro lending organization in Mexico City in the late 1990s. Her professional career in Philadelphia has included work at Taller Puertorriqueño, Congreso de Latinos Unidos, and The Philadelphia Foundation. Most recently before taking her position at The Arc of Philadelphia, she developed and ran the Secondary Transition program with Aspira at Olney Charter High School. Since 2008, Regli has worked as an advocate and continues to serve on the board of Hispanos Unidos Para Niños Excepcionales, Inc. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from Georgetown University and was the recipient of the Louis McCahill award as part of the class of 1991. She subsequently earned a master's in social service as well as a master's in law and social policy from Bryn Mawr College.

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