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Alumna and former unit director named director of the University of Cincinatti's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
(June 2013)

Ilka Riddle, a UD alumna and former unit director of Health and Wellness at the Center for Disabilities Studies, has been named director of the University of Cincinnati University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UC UCEDD). Riddle's areas of interest and research are health care transition of youth and young adults with developmental disabilities, improved access to health care and health promotion and addressing existing health disparities for individuals with disabilities.

Volunteers, people with disabilities connect over art therapy projects
(October 2012)

The University of Delaware Review published this article about University students who volunteered for the Center's 2012 Artfest and worked alongside people with disabilities to create artwork.

Durable medical equipment partnership with Goodwill of Delaware

(December 2011)

The News Journal featured the durable medical equipment business established by Goodwill of Delaware through a partnership with the Center for Disabilities Studies. The Center received a federal grant to examine the feasibility of the equipment reconditioning, reuse and recycling concept, and Goodwill is providing the retail aspect. Goodwill starts rehabbing medical equipment was in the business section on December 19, 2011.

Center offers program to help people with disabilities get active, stay fit

(March 2011)

UDaily published this article about the "14-week Plan to a Healthier You" that the center's Healthy Delawareans with Disabilities project is sponsoring with the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD).

UD partners with CDS to host Disability Mentoring Day

(November 2010)

UDaily published this article about the second annual Disability Mentoring Day hosted by CDS in partnership with the University and Newark businesses. Several photos accompany the article.

College-bound despite disability

(July 2010)

STEP - CDS' Summer Transition Education Program - was featured in a July 16, 2010 News Journal article, "College-bound despite disabilitiy."

Disabilities are no hurdle to exercise

(July 2010)

The feature article of the July 13, 2010 DelawareHealth section of The News Journal is "Disabilitities are no hurdle to exercise." Eileen Sparling, project coordinator for Healthy Delawareans with Disabilities, was interviewed for the article and is quoted in it.

Assistive technology devices are available to Delawareans

(March 2010)

UDaily published AstraZeneca donation makes assistive technologies available to Delawareans. This article is about the donation of two assistive technology devices - a peak flow meter and a ZAM Communicator - that AstraZeneca donated to the Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative of CDS for distribution to Delawareans. Additional information is included in the peak flow meter flyer and the Zam Communicator flyer.

Family to Family and other Parent Support Organizations Featured in News Journal Article

(February 2010)

The News Journal Health section featured an article about sources of support for parents of a child with special health care or disabilities on February 23, 2010. This article provides valuable information for families.

Knights of Columbus Help "Save the Connectors"

(February 2010)

The Knights of Columbus Coffee Run Council 6768 presented a check for $560 to Community Connectors to make certain this program can continue to develop leadership skills in young adults with disabilities and provide them with social and recreational opportunities. To learn more about Community Connectors and how you can help “Save the Connectors,” read 'Save the Connectors' receives support from Knights of Columbus in UDaily.

Two Interns with Disabilities Train at UD Marriott Courtyard

(February 2010)

Two students with disabilities from the New Castle County Vocational-Technical School District recently participated in a CDS program that f focuses on preparing students for their transition to the adult world. It included a 90-day internship from the Marriott Courtyard Newark-University of Delaware hotel because of their interest in careers in the hotel industry. Read Interns with disabilities complete training at UD hotel in UDaily for more information about the program and these iinterns.

2008-2009 Annual Report/2010 Calendar and Fall 2009 delAware

You can find the 2008-2009 Annual Report/2010 Calendar and Fall 2009 delAware in the Publications section of this website. If you would like a paper copy of either publication, contact Michele Sands at msands@udel.edu.

New Directions Early Head Start Receives $1 Million in Stimulus Funds

(December 2009)

New Directions Early Head Start has received a grant to expand its services to pregnant women and young children in New Castle County and Kent County. Funding (grant no. 03SA3325-01) was awarded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), the economic stimulus package enacted by the 111th United States Congress in February 2009. The two-year grant for $1,011,281 is part of $1.1 billion included in the package for Early Head Start infant and toddler programs throughout the country. For further information, see the article in the University of Delaware online publication, UDaily. The grant was featured in an article in The News Journal on January 7, 2010. The article, photos, and a video can be found on delawareonline.

Disability Mentoring Day in the News

"Enabled to Explore," an article about Disability Mentoring Day, appeared in The News Journal on October 18, 2009. There's also an article in the University of Delaware online publication, UDaily.

H1N1 Information Available at GoHDWD.org

The Healthy Delawareans with Disabilities: Bridging the Gap website, GoHDWD.org is a source of current information about H1N1. GoHDWD.org is a resource for individuals with disabilities, their family members, and providers who work with people with disabilities in Delaware o find out more about being healthy with a disability. It has information on the Healthy Delawareans with Disabilities Advisory Council, publications on access and disabilities, and links to local and national resources.

Agencies section of Connecting the Dots is Updated

The Center for Disabilities Studies has updated the information included in the "agencies" section of Connecting the Dots.. This guide to finding services for people with disabilities in Delaware originally was published in October 2006.   Both the original Connecting the Dots and a new document with information about agencies, correct as of February 2009, are available in the publications section of this website.

Swank Employment Initiative Presents Internship Certificates

The Swank Employment Initiative presented certificates of workplace competence to Brian Collins, Aaron Lewis, and David Limprun, the first three interns to complete the program. The three young men worked in the Department of Facilities' Grounds Services at the University of Delaware. A certificate also was presented to Mike Loftus, assistant director, Facilities-Grounds Services, in recognition of Facilities being Swank's inaugural internship provider. The presentation was reported on in UDaily.

A Tribute to Eunice Kennedy Shriver

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who started Special Olympics in 1968, passed away August 11, 2009. Her dedication to Special Olympics and her belief in the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities is highlighted in a tribute written by her son, Timothy Shriver, who is President and CEO of Special Olympics.

Swank Employment Initiative Places Interns at the University of Delaware

Taking a person-centered approach to creating employment opportunities at the University of Delaware for individuals with neuro-developmental disabilities, the Swank Employment Initiative has placed its first three participants with UD's Facilities Department. The initiative has been funded by the Howard W. Swank, Alma K. Swank and Richard Kemper Swank Foundation and focuses on career exploration, employment training, and job placement. The success of this program was the subject of a front page article in The News Journal on August 10, 2009.

Young Delawareans STEP up

The Summer Transition Education Program (STEP) took place from July 12 to July 17 for people between ages 16 and 21 with all types of disabilities. STEP is an interactive college experience for young adults with disabilities presented by the Center. It involves career exploration, advocacy development, college-life orientation, and goal-setting and development of the skills needed to increase independence and capacity for successful transition to adulthood as defined by the young adults and their families.

The News Journal featured STEP on the front page of its July 20, 2009 paper.

Nicole Weakley, a participant in the 2009 STEP, wrote an article about her experience, which she titled, “A STEP to Independence”: Her article was posted on the website of the College of Education and Public Policy. Here is part of the article:

“We learned through more than lectures, which helped the lessons be better understood. Beside the workshops, some students actually went on externships to meet people in fields they were interested in, such as law and communications. This in itself was helpful in choosing the right career paths. During an externship we could experience classes we would need or we could ask questions and talk to people in the field."

Celebration for the presentation of an accessible bicycle to Bellevue State Park

Thirty-five people gathered on June 16 to celebrate the presentation of an adaptive tricycle to Bellevue State Park. Attendees included people from state agencies and disabilities groups, individuals with disabilities, CDS staff, and media. Lt. Governor Matt Denn spoke “as a friend and an advocate” for people with disabilities. The three-wheel bicycle was enthusiastically ridden by Tara Bustard.

Terry Hancharick, who works on the Center for Disabilities Studies Healthy Delawarean’s Transition Map project, secured the donation of the tricycle from the Rifton Company in New York, to provide people with disabilities opportunities for accessible recreation. This generous act led to a collaborative effort by several agencies in Delaware to provide teenagers and adults with disabilities with the opportunity to ride this special bike at Bellevue State Park. The Delaware Bicycle Council arranged for it to be placed at the park, which accepted the responsibility of housing the tricycle and making it available to riders as part of its bike rental program. Bellevue State Park is supported in this commitment by Delaware State Parks and the Division of Parks and Recreation. The Urban Bike Project of Wilmington agreed to do all repairs and maintenance on the tricycle free of charge. The Delaware Office of Highway Safety donated several bicycle helmets to the park for its bicycle program.

Also collaborating on this project were the Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens, Delaware Developmental Disabilities Council, and Center for Disabilities Studies, all of whom are represented on the Healthy Delawareans with Disabilities Advisory Council, which is working to increase opportunities for accessible recreation activities as part of its goal to improve the overall health of people with disabilities.

WDEL feature - June 17, 2009

UDaily story - June 17, 2009

The News Journal Crossroads story - June 25, 2009

H1N1 Flu Information Forum will be Held November 3, 2009

Healthy Delawareans with Disabilities (HDWD) is hosting this forum for people with disabilities. A health educator from the Division of Public Health will present general information about H1N1 and Ilka Riddle of HDWD will provide information about how to prepare for the flu season. Informational materials and hand sanitizers will be provided. To register for the event, contact Mary Thomas at maryt@udel.edu or 302.831.2940 no later than October 28. View flyer.

Healthy Transitions Workshops Begin November 3, 2009

Healthy Delawarean with Disabilities is hosting a three-part series of “Healthy Transitions” workshops that focus on medical transition issues for youth, young adults and their family members. Additional information is included on this site's calendar and in the registration brochure.

Martha Buell Appointed Director of Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood (2009)

Martha J. Buell, professor of human development and family studies, has been appointed director of the Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood. The institute will operate as part of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) in the College of Human Services, Education and Public Policy and will address training, technical assistance, and quality programming for the early care and education system in Delaware.

The Institute was begun by the Center for Disabilities (CDS) through funding from the Delaware Department of Education. New Directions Early Head Start director Heidi Beck and Debbie Amsden, CDS project leader of early childhood initiatives at CDS, worked with staff from Family & Workplace Connection (FWC), a division of Children and Families First, to fully establish the Institute in HDFS. Debbie Amsden will serve as coordinator and Evelyn Keating, formerly of FWC, will manage professional development initiatives for the institute. Moneick Hancock will continue to manage some CDS projects that are funded by the Delaware Department of Education and are now part of the institute, including full-day kindergarten evaluation and the Delaware early childhood longitudinal study.

The institute will work closely with the Delaware Department of Education, the Delaware Early Care and Education Council, and private and nonprofit entities such as Nemours Health and Prevention Services. Designed to support the workforce and programming services for children aged six weeks to twelve years of age in early care and education settings, the institute will also work with federal agencies and private foundations.


"Darius Goes West" Screening a Success (March 2009)

Close to 100 people viewed the award-winning documentary "Darius Goes West" on March 16 in Gore Recital Hall at the Roselle Center for the Arts. Following the screening, they had the opportunity to meet Darius Weems and several members of the "crew" that made the cross-county journey with him. Their journey took place over three weeks in to summer of 2005 to create more awareness about Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), the disease that 18-year-old Darius has, with the goal of getting his wheelchair customized on MTV's “Pimp My Ride.” Now the crew is back on the road to raise money for DMD research through sales of the "Darius Goes West" DVD.

If you missed the screening, you can see the film and help find a cure for DMD by purchasing a DVD. You'll help the crew reach the goal of selling 1 million copies in a year. Visit http://www.dariusgoeswest.org to learn more. Read the UDaily story about the visit by Darius and his crew.


Funding Awarded for Delaware Lifespan Respite Network (2009)

Delaware Caregivers Support Coalition, a coalition of consumers, service providers, and advocates, has received $292,000 in funding for the Delaware Lifespan Respite Information Network. Grants from three Delaware Foundations - Longwood, Welfare, and the Delaware Community Foundation - will help the coalition implement this plan for a statewide system to provide respite across the lifespan. Approximately 130,000 adults in Delaware provide unpaid support and care for a relative or a friend.

The Center for Disabilities Studies developed plans for the respite care information network in a 2007 report issued after receiving a contract from the Commission on Community-Based Alternatives for Persons with Disabilities for this purpose. The recommendations in the report included a three-year operational plan to make it easier for caregivers to engage respite services.
Subsequently, CDS worked with Easter Seals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Family & Workplace Connection (now a division of Children & Families First), and other coalition members to secure funding for the network.

Easter Seals is the lead agency for the project.


CDS begins Mammography Accessibility Project (2009)

The Healthy Delawareans with Disabilities: Bridging the Gap Project (HDWD:BtG) is partnering with the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) on the Mammography Accessibility Project, through funding from a grant awarded to DBCC by the Avon Foundation. HDWD:BtG will conduct a needs assessment of women with disabilities to identify areas of concern around mammography access. Thirty-one mammography facilities in Delaware will be surveyed to assess their accessibility. At the conclusion of the study, an online directory of mammography facilities will be created to assist women with locating a facility that will meet their needs.

"Darius Goes West" comes to the University of Delaware

The Center for Disabilities Studies is bringing Darius Weems and his eleven-friend “crew” to the University of Delaware March 16 and 17 to screen and discuss their award-winning film, “Darius Goes West.”  The film will be shown March 16 at 7:30 pm at Gore Recital Hall, Roselle Center for the Arts. Doors open at 7:00 pm and admission is first come, first served. There is no admission charge, but donates are welcome to support Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research. Darius and his friends will be available to answer questions following the film, and they will sell DVDs, t-shirts, and bumper stickers. They will visit some UD classes on March 17.

"Darius Goes West" follows Darius, who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and his friends as they travel across the United States to get Darius’ wheelchair customized on MTV's “Pimp My Ride.” More information about Darius and the film can be found at http://www.dariusgoeswest.org. Click here for a flyer about the March 16 event.

- March 2009


Beth Mineo named CDS Director

Beth Mineo, PhD, has accepted the position of director of the Center for Disabilities Studies of the University of Delaware effective September 1, 2008. Her appointment was announced by Michael Gamel-McCormick, interim dean of the College of Human Services, Education and Public Policy (CHEP), and former CDS director.

Beth is a scientist at the University of Delaware’s Center for Applied Science and Engineering, a multidisciplinary center focused on the intersection of technology and disability, where she also is director of the Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative (DATI). Beth is a faculty member in the Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science at the university. She expects DATI’s current programs and projects to be integrated within CDS. DATI will continue to operate three locations across the state. In her new role as CDS Director, Beth will hold an academic appointment in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.

- September 2008


Childhood Health Status Report is Published

Healthy Delawareans with Disabilities: Health Status Report for Children with Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs has been published by the Center for Disabilities Studies.The report was prepared for the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services, Delaware Health and Social Services.
See report.

- May 2008

Gamel-McCormick Named Interim Dean of CHEP

Michael Gamel-McCormick, director of the Center for Disabilities Studies, professor of individual and family studies, and interim chairperson of the Department of Individual and Family Studies, has been named interim dean of the University of Delaware's College of Human Services, Education and Public Policy (CHEP), effective July 1. He will replace retiring dean Timothy K. Barnekov. Gamel-McCormick’s interim appointment was made by Provost Dan Rich after neither of the final candidates for the position was selected by the search committee. A decision on a new search will be made sometime during the 2008-09 academic year. See the full University of Delaware announcement from UDaily.

- April 2008

“Moving Youth Ahead in School-age Programs” offered for afterschool program staff

The Center for Disabilities Studies, Early Learning Center, Cooperative Extension of the University of Delaware, and Family and Workplace Connection are collaboratively offering “Moving Youth Ahead in School-age Programs,” a 64-hour professional development training program for staff who work in afterschool and summer programs. Training will focus on the unique needs of school-age youth and planning activities and opportunities that support youth development, goal setting, and leadership, as well as having fun. The program meets the requirements of the Delaware First Professional Development System. The course will begin April 28 and meet from 9:30 am to 1:45 pm Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays through June 4 at the Early Learning Center in Newark. Registration, at a cost of $50.00 per person, is required by April 18.  See the full University of Delaware announcement from UDaily.

- April 2008

Center for Disabilities Studies Director Position Search

The University of Delaware is seeking a Director of the Center for Disabilities Studies, Delaware’s federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Research, Training, and Service. This is a senior, full time position with faculty rank in the Department of Individual and Family Studies at Associate Professor or Full Professor and a member of the senior management of the College of Human Services, Education and Public Policy.  Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, current curriculum vita, copies of representative or recent publications, brief description of related field experiences, and the names of three references to Professor Steven Eidelman, Chair, Search Committee, 111 Alison Hall West, University of Delaware, Newark, DE  19716.  Phone:  (302) 831-6500; Fax: (302) 831-8776; or email: sme@udel.edu. Download the full position description. Position closes April 25, 2008.

- March 2008

UD to offer nation’s first wheelchair dance course

A $10,000 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation will fund a new University of Delaware Collegiate DanceWheels Program during spring semester. The program will be the first accredited collegiate wheelchair ballroom dance course in the nation, offering ballroom and Latin dance classes to people with physical disabilities and their able-bodied partners. The first class meeting is slated for Wednesday, Feb. 13, in Pearson Hall. See the full University of Delaware announcement from UDaily or contact the American DanceWheels Foundation for information on signing up to be a participant in the course.

- February 2008

Inclusive recreation and exercise facilities focus of new CDS initiative

The Center for Disabilities Studies will research, prepare, implement, and evaluate a pilot training about working with and including people with disabilities in recreation and exercise facilities. The training will be provided to staff at the 1614 Fitness and Aerobics fitness centers in Newark and Bear, Delaware. 1614 Fitness and Aerobics has a 50 member strong base of individuals with disabilities who exercise at 1614 Fitness and Aerobics. In partnership with faculty from the Department of Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences at UD and staff from the Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative (DATI), CDS will assist all 1614 staff receive information and skills to enhance their effectiveness in welcoming and including members with disabilities in their facilities, programs, and activities. This pilot project will be available for replication for other fitness and recreations centers upon completion of the pilot. This project is funded by the Delaware Developmental Disabilities Council for one-year.

- October 2007

CDS to lead effort to boost employment of those with disabilities

Persons with disabilities seek employment in real jobs and economic independence, and UD's National Leadership Consortium on Development Disabilities (NLCDD) has been selected by the Department of Labor to spearhead this effort, according to Michael Gamel-McCormick, director of the Center for Disabilities Studies and interim chairperson of the Department of Individual and Family Studies. Directed by Steven Eidelman, Robert Edelsohn Professor of Individual and Family Studies, the NLCDD, a project of the Center for Disabilities Studies and seven national partner organizations, has received a grant of $280,000 from the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy. Nancy Weiss, a researcher with the Center for Disabilities Studies, also is co-director of the consortium. See the full University of Delaware announcement for more information on this new initiative. Visit the website for information on the National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities.

- October 2007

UD named a regional research participant in National Children’s Study

The University of Delaware has been named a regional research participant in the National Children's Study--the largest long-term study of children's health ever conducted in the United States. Researchers from UD's Center for Disabilities Studies, the School of Nursing and the Department of Individual and Family Studies, in partnership with Christiana Care Health System and the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, will monitor the health of 1,100 children in New Castle County. See the full University of Delaware announcement from UDaily about the University's role in this important study. For more information about the National Children's Study, visit the official website.

- October 2007

Delaware selected by CMS for Intensive Technical Assistance to Address Workforce

On September 25, 2007 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) selected five states to receive individualized intensive technical assistance (TA) from the National Direct Service Workforce Resource Center. The goal of this initiative is to identify and encourage a unified vision to create and sustain a system to empower direct support professionals, providers and consumers with consistent, quality service provision to support a highly trained and qualified direct service workforce. More information is available on the National Direct Service Workforce Resource Center website. This initiative will be coordinated by CDS in partnership with the Delaware Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance.

- October 2007

CDS supports developed Department of Education's new career and technical education content standards

The early childhood unit just completed up work with the Delaware Department of Education to format teacher-developed curriculum guidelines based on the state’s content standards and career and national technical education standards. The project coordinated the information into binders and CDs to be available to all Career and Technical Education teachers of AgriScience; Business, Finance and Marketing; Family and Consumer Sciences; and Technology Education. The content standards can be found on the Department of Education's website in late October 2007.

- October 2007

CDS awarded a five-year cooperative grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Delaware State Implementation Project on Preventing Secondary Conditions and Promoting Health of People with Disabilities started on July 1, 2007. This project is a five-year cooperative agreement between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. The charge of the project is to develop a state program that focuses on the prevention of secondary health conditions and the promotion of health and wellness in Delawareans with disabilities. For more information on this project, please visit our Health Initiatives webpage.

- September 2007

Applications accepted now for the Winter Leadership Institute

The National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities' Leadership Institute offers a select group of future leaders from organizations across the United States and internationally, the opportunity to come together with a faculty of national experts on progressive supports for people with disabilities. The Winter Leadership Institute will be held January 13-18, 2008 on the University of Delaware campus. More information and an online application are available here. Limited scholarships and fellowships are also available. Applications due October 24, 2007.

- September 2007

School age unit holds successful workshop series

In July, the school age unit provided training for approximately 220 people – primarily educators from Positive Behavior Support schools – during four different workshops (“Family School Collaboration,” “Culturally Responsive Classrooms,” “Functional Behavior Assessment and Support Plan Development,” and “PBS for Preschoolers”). Tweety Yates from the Center for the Social and Emotional Foundations of Early Learning helped facilitate these workshops. For more information, contact Sarah Hearn at skhearn@udel.edu or 831-4896.

- August 2007

Total Life Project application Packet Now Available

The Total Life Project is a model demonstration transition project developed by the University of Delaware’s Center for Disabilities Studies for post-high school men and women with disabilities. Participant enrollment can vary from six months to two years. Applicants therefore will be accepted on a rolling admissions basis. Find more information and the application packet on the Total Life Project webpage.

- August 2007

CDS hosts institute for emerging disabilities leaders

The National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities (NLCDD), a project of the Center for Disabilities Studies (CDS) at the University of Delaware, held its third Leadership Institute, July 15-20, on the Newark campus. Twenty-eight participants (including Cory Nourie, a training coordinator in Adult Services at CDS) and fourteen speakers took part in the event. For more information about this successful event, visit the University of Delaware's news coverage of the institute. Information about NLCDD and the Leadership Institute can be found on our webpage.

- July 2007

New Directions Early Head Start partner receives award

Barbara Boyer, a family child care provider received the 2007 Roxanne Benatti Award for Professional Excellence from the Delaware Association of the Education of Young Children. With her extensive knowledge of early childhood education and child development, Barbara partners with New Directions Early Head Start to serve children and their families.

- July 2007

Board of Directors of the National Coalition on Self Determination to begin strategic planning at Center for Disabilities Studies

The National Coalition on Self Determination (NCOSD) was formed to promote consumer directed supports and self determination. Working with University of Delaware's Professor Steven Eidelman and the Executive Director of the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services, Nancy R. Thaler, NCOSD hopes to focus its efforts and priorities for future years. Click here to visit NCOSD's website.

- August 2007

Second Junior Partners in Policymaking® Summer Institute graduated 13 young adults

The second-ever Junior Partners in Policymaking® program was held June 17-22, 2007 in Clayton Hall at the University of Delaware. Thirteen young adults, ages 15-22, completed the weeklong institute. Highlights of the week included presentations by 2005 Junior Partners graduates, including the LEAD Project’s Blake Bossert; a DJ dance/karaoke party; an Assistive Technology demonstration by Marvin Williams of the Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative; and a tour of Legislative Hall and discussion with State Representative Valihura.

- July 2007

University of Delaware Research Centers Support Major Report About Health Status of Adults with Disabilities

The University of Delaware's Center for Disabilities Studies and Center for Applied Demography and Survey Research were contracted by Delaware Health and Social Services’ Division of Developmental Disabilities Services two years ago to conduct the first-ever study of the health, wellbeing, and quality of life of Delawareans with all types of disabilities, including identifying disparities in health and wellbeing between Delawareans with disabilities and the general population. The Delaware Health Status Report for Adults with Disabilities is available online.

- July 19, 2007

"Living within the community": News Journal article on Commission report release

In the July 18th issue of The News Journal, the release of the Commission on Community-based Alternatives for Individuals with Disabilities five-year plan was covered. Read the article here.

- July 18, 2007

Center for Disabilities Studies highlighted in News Journal article

A July 14, article in The News Journal highlighted the upcoming release of the Commission on Community-based Alternatives for Individuals with Disabilities five-year plan and the Health Status Report for Adults with Disabilities in Delaware.

- July 16, 2007

Guide to Services for People with Disabilities and their Families available online

The Connecting the Dots publication providing information on accessing services in Delaware for persons with disabilities is now available online. Click here to download your copy.