COVID-19 and the disability community

CDS’s interim director of health and wellness, Brittany Powers, offers recommendations to people with disabilities and their caregivers on how to navigate the coronavirus pandemic in a new posting at the Center’s Inclusion blog.

Lunchtime Learning panelists Katie Burris, Stephanie Kaznica and Allyson Davis
Joining forces makes early autism evaluations more accessible, panel says

Presenters from CDS and its partners report that offering autism evaluations at the state’s early intervention program clinics – one part of a collaborative initiative called Building Bridges – significantly reduced barriers to receiving a diagnosis and accessing early intervention services.

CDS director Beth Mineo
UD gets $1 million grant for special education training

Applications are now available for the Special Education Administrative Leadership (SEAL) program, a collaboration between CDS, other UD education centers and the Delaware Department of Education. The program, funded over five years by the U.S. Department of Education, offers special education administrators leadership training, disability-specific instruction and internship opportunities. SEAL will hold four 18-month courses with a total enrollment of approximately 55 educators.

Jennifer McKinney and son Cole Thorne
Safely accessing their home

Nowhere Else to Turn, a CDS program helping Delawareans with paralysis afford home modifications, facilitated the purchase of equipment enabling 11-year-old Cole Thorne to travel up and down stairs without relying on his mother to carry him.

Sarah Curtiss, assistant professor of special education at the University of Delaware and the creator of ASDSexEd dot O R G
Autism sex ed scholar presents at CDS

An expert in sexuality and intellectual and developmental disabilities advocated for teaching healthy sex practices, not just how to recognize and resist nonconsensual actions.