Talley Middle School Assistant Principal Melinda Tartaglione and the Delaware Positive Behavior Support (PBS) project manager Sarah Hearn
Student feedback necessary to improve school climate

At a CDS event on school climate, a member of the Center’s Positive Behavior Support project and leaders from the Brandywine School District demonstrated how educators can use data to make the classroom safer and more engaging.

Sonja Rathel posing with her family at her retirement party.
CDS’s Sonja Rathel retiring after 27 years of service

Sonja Rathel is retiring from the Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative after nearly three decades spent supporting Delawareans with disabilities. Rathel leaves a legacy of service in DATI and Delaware’s largest disability conferences – LIFE, Inclusion and Transition – which she helped coordinate for years.

LEND trainee Kendra Haynes stands before her poster she designed while delivering a presentation to fellow graduates and advisers
Family members, future professionals offer roadmap to improving disability care

Parents of children with developmental disabilities, psychologists, special educators and others in health and education fields presented research at the graduation reception for CDS’s Leadership in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities program.

University of Delaware Summer Classic program student Brian Shepard
High schoolers with disabilities sample college courses, careers in CDS program

CDS’s Summer Career and Life Certificate program, open to high schoolers with disabilities entering their junior or senior year, helps smooth the transition to adult life by offering opportunities to sample jobs and undergraduate classes before graduation.

The Clayton Theatre in Dagsboro, Delaware
CDS screens documentary on intellectual disabilities across Delaware

The Center presented Intelligent Lives, a film seeking to challenge perceptions of intellectual disability, in each county. By following the everyday lives of three young adults with intellectual disabilities, it illustrated the opportunities and challenges present during and after the transition from high school to postsecondary education and the workforce.