A yard sign reading Protect the Flock stands next to an empty sidewalk
University of Delaware coronavirus cases hit 100

The University of Delaware reported that 96 students and four employees have tested positive for coronavirus since Aug. 31. The tally includes students who live on- and off-campus. The surge in new cases since students returned to campus has increased Newark’s rate of positive tests per day from fewer than one to more than six.

UD assistant professor for history Jai Virdi
Views of disability, deafness: New books examine history of attitudes, perceptions, interventions

Jaipreet Virdi, an assistant professor of history at UD, published two books on the history of disability in 2020. “Disability and the Victorians: Attitudes, Interventions, Legacies” examines the lasting impact of perceptions, treatments and writings on disability from the Victorian era. “Hearing Happiness: Deafness Cures in History” traces deafness and attempted cures in American material culture since the 1860s. Virdi, who lost her hearing at age four, interweaves her own story, which she says helped to fuel her interest in disability studies.

Rochester, New York police chief La'Ron Singletary gives a press conference
Rochester, N.Y., police chief resigns amid protests over Daniel Prude’s death

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren announced that the leadership of the Rochester Police Department, including the chief and deputy chief, resigned over the handling of the Daniel Prude case. Protestors have called for the officers’ resignations – as well as that of Mayor Warren – because of the police treatment that led to Prude’s death during an apparent mental health episode. Rochester civil leaders have committed to hiring more mental health professionals and shifting funding for mental health care away from the police department.

Linden Cameron, a 13-year-old with autism, lies in a hospital bed after being shot multiple times by a police officer
‘He’s a small child’: Utah police shot a 13-year-old autistic boy after his mother called 911 for help

A Salt Lake City police officer shot Linden Cameron, a 13-year-old boy who has autism, multiple times after his mother Golda Barton called the police requesting a crisis intervention team. Linden, whom Barton says has severe separation anxiety, was having a “mental breakdown,” according to reporting. Barton says she gave instructions explaining Linden was unarmed but might scream and yell. He is currently hospitalized. The investigation of the shooting was handed over to an outside unit.

Sesame Street muppet Julia, who has autism
‘Sesame Street’ changing attitudes about autism

A research study published in the journal Autism found that reading Sesame Street’s educational webpage about autism reduces bias among parents of children without autism towards children on the spectrum. Sesame Street created the webpage five years ago alongside the introduction of Julia, a muppet character who has autism. Julia was developed with the help of CDS focus group research involving family members of individuals with autism.