UD resources helping people cope during Covid

The University of Delaware’s Center for Disabilities Studies reveals in this webinar how resources developed or provided by its team members are benefitting educators, first responders and people with disabilities amid the pandemic. Presenting are CDS Director Beth Mineo, CDS K-12 unit Director Debby Boyer and CDS Health and Wellness unit Interim Director Sarah Mallory.

Nowhere Else to Turn slideshow

Nowhere Else to Turn, a program offered by CDS’s Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative through a grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, provides financial support to individuals with paralysis-causing conditions who need home modifications but couldn’t secure funding. View this slideshow to see how the program helped Nancy Lemus and her son Christopher Garcia remake Christopher’s room.

Christopher Garcia and his mother, Nancy Lemus

Artfest 2019 video

Delawareans with disabilities paint tropical island paradises with the support of volunteers from the University of Delaware at our 12th Artfest. Many of them also dance during a short Zumba break. CDS hosted and collaborated on the inclusive, accessible event with Art Therapy Express and the New Castle County Department of Community Services.

Artfest 2019 slideshow

Experience Artfest 2019 by viewing these photos of the many Delawareans with disabilities and student volunteers from the University of Delaware who took part. Artfest 2019 was the first in which each participant, with the support of a volunteer, produced a single work of art. Each photo is accompanied by a caption, describing the work – and often the joy – on display.

Katherine Ditlow smiles as she starts painting the ocean surrounding her tropical island paradise. At Artfest 2019, each participant got to paint a single canvas and take it home to display.

Nowhere Else to Turn video

Frank and Donna Santoro discuss the chair lift they received from a program, administered by the University of Delaware’s Center for Disabilities Studies and funded by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, for people with paralysis-causing conditions.

Our 11th Artfest

People with disabilities and University of Delaware student volunteers bonded while painting masks and murals, mugging for the camera at a costumed photo booth, expressing themselves through marble painting, spin art, a dreamcatcher project and “Paintbrushes for People,” and experimenting with slime. To view the slideshow of the creative workshop and community celebration, click this link or click on the image below.

Volunteer Laura Cantagallo lends support to participant Linny Marbel at our 11th Artfest

Artfest 2016

This 10-year anniversary rollout of Artfest featured people with disabilities throughout Delaware and student volunteers from the University of Delaware come together in Newport to create a collaborative circle art project, spin art, a fabric sculpture, a large mural, paint-stamp art, free-hand art, marble painting and leaf-print canvases. To view the slideshow, click this link or click on the image below.


DATI augmentative communication devices

Glance at some of the Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative’s augmentative communication devices, which are available for loan at CDS locations in each Delaware county. There’s everything from a button-activated “sequencer” that can store and play back a couple recordings to a customizable touch-screen tablet that features access to hundreds of words that play aloud when selected. To view the slideshow, click this link or click on the image below.


Artfest 2015

The creative workshop and community celebration presented by CDS and Art Therapy Express showcased a collaborative floor mural, a communal found-objects sculpture, the painting of ceramic masks, spin art, gelli painting, stencil painting and costumed photo shoots. Delawareans with disabilities and UD student volunteers participated. To view the slideshow, click this link or click on the image below.


Art For Everyone’s Sake

Creativity, community and inclusion take center stage in this joyous video of Artfest, hosted by CDS and Art Therapy Express.

Technology used by the DE Early Childhood AT Demonstration

A bongo-playing Elmo, spheres that help toddlers improve hand-eye coordination and easier-to-grip puzzle pieces are just some of the offerings young children and their supporters can try at CDS, and then borrow. To view the slideshow, click this link or click on the image below.


Artfest 2014

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Free Communications Technology Can Aid Deaf & Blind in Delaware

People with combined hearing and vision loss may be eligible for free communications equipment and training through the iCanConnect program, which is administered in Delaware by CDS. Visit Delaware’s iCanConnect website for more information.