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, 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. 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. In 2009, Al received the Frieda Shapiro Medal for exemplary leadership in nonprofit management. Dr. Condeluci was also honored with the Award for Public Policy by the North American Brain Injury Society (NABIS) at the Ninth Annual Conference on Brain Injury in 2011. 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. Al has also launched a blog discussing his ideas on social capital, culture, and the disability community, which can be found at http://alcondeluci.com/blog.
Recently, Al recorded several videos on the CLASS YouTube Channel.
- Part 1: Building Community with Al Condeluci - Four Critical Steps
In the first part of this series, Al explains inclusion and the four steps toward building a healthy and happy community. View Building Community with Al Condeluci- Four Critical Steps.
- Part 2: Building Social Capital with Al Condeluci - Graphing Relationships
In the second part of this series, Al describes the importance of building relationships and walks viewers through the different levels of relationships with graphic cues. View Building Social Capital with Al Condeluci- Graphing Relationships.
- Part 3: Beyond Difference with Al Condeluci - Changing Perceptions
In the third part of this series, Al discusses looking beyond our personal differences in order to find our similarities as one community. Click here to view Beyond Difference with Al Condeluci - Changing Perceptions.
- Part 4: Understanding Community with Al Condeluci - Connecting People
In the fourth part of this series, Al examines the different factors of a community and explains what happens when communities are created. Click here to view Understanding Community with Al Condeluci - Connecting People.
- Part 5: Framing the Problem with Al Condeluci - Changing the Focus
In the fifth part of this series, Al persuades viewiers to change the way they perceive the "problem" of disability. He compares the Micro and Macro views of framing the problem. Click here to view Framing the Problem with Al Condeluci - Changing the Focus.
- Part 6: Social Isolation with Al Condeluci - Eliminating the Problem
In the sixth part of this series, Al reveals the negative power of social isolation and how it can affect the way people live. Click here to view Social Isolation with Al Condeluci - Eliminating the Problem.
Part 7: Communications with Al Condeluci - Learning the StrategiesIn the seventh part of this series, Al discusses the importance of Communication and teaches some of the best strategies to practice in order to become a master at communicating. Click here to view Communications with Al Condeluci - Learning the Strategies.
Part 8: Leadership with Al Condeluci - Identifying the Skills
In the eighth part of this series, Al stresses the keys to being a good leader and reviews the methods that good leaders should follow in order to positively engage their followers. Click here to view Leadership with Al Condeluci - Identifying the Skills.