Voting and disability law experts at a CDS event said the pandemic and other challenges shouldn’t prevent Delawareans with disabilities from casting ballots in the Nov. 3 election, thanks to remote and in-person voting options and legislation that mandates polling place accessibility.
The Adapting Curriculum and Classroom Environments for Student Success (ACCESS) Project, based at CDS, is reprising its seven-week training for Delaware educators on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in remote instruction. ACCESS first offered the webinar series on UDL – an educational approach centered on meeting students’ different learning needs – in spring 2020 to help educators adjust to teaching during a pandemic. The new series has been updated with new digital tools and discussions of equity.
Delawareans with disabilities and other absentee voters once again have the option of receiving and marking their ballots with tablets or smartphones, state Election Commissioner Anthony Albence revealed at a virtual forum hosted by the University of Delaware Center for Disabilities Studies yesterday.
The Delaware Network for Excellence in Autism (DNEA), based at CDS, and other centers in UD’s College of Education and Human Development are supporting educators with training and technical resources on remote instruction. The DNEA shifted its training sessions for educators online and is creating guides for explaining Covid-19 to children with autism. The Delaware Academy for School Leadership and Professional Development Center for Educators are also sharing expertise and resources.