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  • It’s one of 67. CDS is one of 67 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service nationwide, with core funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • 551 and counting. 2017 marked the fourth consecutive year that Disability Studies topped UD’s minors, enrolling more than 500 students. The relatively young minor, administered by CDS, launched in 1997.
  • 47 boards, 16 journals. The faculty and staff at CDS collectively serve on 47 boards, committees and task forces; provide editorial support for 16 journals; and collaborate with 14 state agencies, 70 community-based organizations and 15 other institutions of higher learning.
  • 11 years young. Artfest, the inclusive creative workshop co-sponsored by CDS and Art Therapy Express, celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2016, attracting more than 150 artists with disabilities and UD student volunteers.
  • 41 experts and advocates. Comprising the faculty of Delaware’s new CDS-run Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program, they offer interdisciplinary trainings for graduate students on track to professionally support the disability community.
  • 450 orders. The Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) Center at CDS, funded by the Delaware Department of Education, has filled approximately 450 orders from the community in the past two years.
  • >10,000. The number of resources available to support children and youth with special health care needs continues to rise at the website run by Family SHADE, a CDS-housed collaborative alliance.
  • 31 articles, 27 courses. CDS faculty and staff published 31 journal articles and other documents, taught or co-taught 27 courses and made 51 conference presentations in FY 2016-2017.
  • 100 percent. While the labor participation rate for people with disabilities nationally hovers near 20 percent, all graduates of the CDS-run Career and Life Studies Certificate (CLSC) program in 2016 landed jobs (and 75 percent of them got jobs over the previous five years within three months of graduating).
  • A quarter century. 2018 marks 25 years that CDS has advanced research, education, advocacy and service to enhance the lives of people with disabilities and their families in Delaware and nationally.