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Al Condeluci, Ph.D.
Al Condeluci has been an advocate, a catalyst for building community capacities, and leader in understanding social culture since 1970. Born and raised in the steel town of Pittsburgh, PA, still making his home there, Al received his Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Youngstown State University, his Masters in Social Work and Ph.D. in Education from the University of Pittsburgh. Since 1973, he has worked as an attendant, caseworker, advocate, planner, program director and now, CEO of his organization, Community Living and Support Services (CLASS). CLASS has created a family of corporations and is dedicated to its mission - working toward a community where each belongs. CLASS, under Al’s leadership, has grown to become the third largest disability specific agency in Southwestern PA with a budget of $26 million and a staff and payroll complement of 700. CLASS was listed in the 50 “Best Places to Work” in Allegheny County, PA in 2007 and 2011.
Along with his work at CLASS, Al is associated with the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work and School of Health and Rehabilitation Science and Robert Morris University Graduate School of Business. In these academic roles Al teaches, supervises students, and serves as advisor and consultant.
Al has emerged as a national leader and consultant on human services and community issues. He speaks annually to national and international audiences reaching some 15,000 people each year. His books can be found here and have won praises and awards for their thoughtful approach to culture and community and are now used at many colleges, universities and in-service settings.
In 2008, Al organized the Interdependence Network (IN) when working on publishing a special issue in the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation. The article explored the impact of social capital and hypothesized how to address the high rate of social isolation among people with disabilities. IN is a collaborative effort between disability-based human service organizations from around the United States and Canada. The network was formed to explore the concept of social capital and community engagement and their role in the field of rehabilitation and in the lives of people with disabilities. Its purpose is to provide the rehabilitation community with a central repository of information in order to research, develop, evaluate and disseminate successful ways that the Interdependent paradigm of social capital can be embraced.
Over the past four years, the Interdependence Network has continued to regularly meet, research, and develop new and innovative approaches to include social capital building into services and supports. The IN member agencies have shifted their emphasis from a traditional rehabilitation approach, which relies heavily on teaching functional and adaptive skills (The Medical Model) to building and fostering social capital and social inclusion within communities (the Interdependent Model) as the primary strategy for enabling people with disabilities to become full members of society.
Along with his professional activities, Al is involved in a variety of civic volunteer roles. He is on the board of the Southwest PA Partnership for Aging, The Advisory Committee of Hattie Larlham Services System, and the immediate past chairman of the PA Statewide TBI Advisory Board.
Al has lived his entire life on the family homestead of “Condeluci Hill.” Settled in 1917 by his grandfather, Antonio and honed by his father, mother, uncles, and aunts, “Condeluci Hill” is currently home to 15 families and was featured in LIFE MAGAZINE (Aug, 1996). Al still lives on the “hill” with his wife Liz, children Dante, Gianna, and Santino, and some 45 other members of the Condeluci family.