UD’s Spectrum Scholars program seeks to create career opportunities
UD’s Spectrum Scholars program seeks to create career opportunities

A major focus of the program, which is administered by the Center for Disabilities Studies, is career development. That’s because young people with autism are underrepresented in the workforce.

School busses
Ed Department says more students with disabilities graduating

High school graduation rates for students with disabilities are increasing, according to new figures released by the U.S. Education Department, but the odds of receiving a diploma vary considerably by state. In Delaware, 73 percent of students with disabilities graduated high school, five points over the national average for students with disabilities.

Demonstrators in Los Angeles protest the police shooting of an autistic man, Isaias Cervantes. A picture of his face is inset.
Family of autistic man says deputies were warned of his disabilities before shooting

Isaias Cervantes, a 25-year-old man with autism and hearing loss reportedly experiencing a “mental health crisis,” was shot by a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy after Cervantes’s sister and a behavioral therapist warned the deputy about Cervantes’s condition. While the sheriff’s department has mental health experts, none were present during the shooting.

President Joe Biden speaks at a podium while behind him words read American Rescue Plan
Biden Signs Stimulus Bill Sending Funds To Disability Community

President Joe Biden signed into law the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, a massive pandemic relief package sending billions to special education and home- and community-based services and providing stimulus payments for many with disabilities who had not previously qualified.

Protestors advocate for pop star Britney Spears to be removed from her conservatorship
Two Republican lawmakers point to Britney Spears in request for conservatorship hearing

Two members of the House of Representatives have called for a hearing “to examine whether Americans are unjustly trapped in conservatorships,” citing the “Free Britney Spears” movement’s advocacy against the pop star’s conservatorship. Conservatorships, sometimes used for adults with disabilities, are legal arrangements in which another party makes certain life decisions for someone who has been judged unable to do so for themselves.