A forum organized by the University of Delaware’s Center for Disabilities Studies focused on how to make voting more accessible for people with disabilities. In 2016, 60 percent of polling places had impediments for voters with disabilities. Forum panelists pointed out that because one in five adults has a disability, people with disabilities could have a powerful impact on elections if they received legally mandated voting accommodations.
The University of Delaware’s Center for Disabilities Studies held a forum on issues related to voting and disability. The panel of national experts discussed how to increase voter participation among people with disabilities, how to engage politicians in issues affecting people with disabilities, and how to include people with disabilities in decision-making processes surrounding elections. Center for Disabilities Studies Director Beth Mineo hopes that the forum sparks further civic engagement in the disability community.
Five UD students next year will receive communication, independent-living and career development coaching as the first cohort of Spectrum Scholars, a JPMorgan Chase-UD collaboration administered by CDS. The program, which is open to computer science and engineering majors, will also seek to train college faculty and area businesses in creating environments that embrace neurodiversity.
Backed by a 10-year grant from JPMorgan Chase and administered by UD’s Center for Disabilities Studies, Spectrum Scholars will provide a comprehensive support system and career exploration opportunities to UD students with autism majoring in computer and information sciences and in electrical and computer engineering.
The Spectrum Scholars program, which celebrated its launch at University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner Hall on September 24, will support students with autism who are majoring in computer and information science or electrical and computer engineering. Spectrum Scholars will begin next year—and it already has its first applicant.