UD President Dennis Assanis and Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long
University of Delaware launches program for students with autism

The University of Delaware, with financial backing from JPMorgan Chase, yesterday launched Spectrum Scholars, a program to support undergraduates with autism majoring in computer science and engineering. CDS will administer the program, which aims to help students build the communication and self-advocacy skills they will need to graduate and pursue a career. UD officials also said that Spectrum Scholars will benefit companies and communities by giving individuals who don’t have autism opportunities to work with and discover the talents of their peers with autism.

LEND student Oshay Johnson
Family mentors nurture future service providers’ compassion, creativity in CDS program

Tomorrow’s health and education professionals experience daily life with children with developmental disabilities in CDS’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities program

Stephanie Kaznica, on the right, leads a discussion at CDS
New coordinator has personal stake in grad student disability education program

Stephanie Kaznica, whose daughter has an autism diagnosis, contributes more than time to the UD training program for pre-professionals.

CDS Associate Director Brian Freedman, Cape Henlopen High School student Zach Simpler, and Gov. John Carney pose at bill signing
New scholarship to help students with intellectual disabilities pursue college education

The Delaware Advance Scholarship Program, which was signed into law earlier this month, will provide grants to defray tuition costs for students with intellectual disabilities attending college programs. Combined with other state sources of financial aid, the Advance Scholarship will give students greater access to transition programs that hone their academic, career and independent living skills. Currently, UD’s Career and Life Studies Certificate is the only such program that exists in-state.

CDS Associate Director Brian Freedman
CDS associate director to students with intellectual disabilities, families: college is an option

Audience members at the Williams Syndrome Association national conference learned how UD’s Career and Life Studies Certificate prepares transition-age students for adulthood.