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VILLAGE VOICE: Neurodiversity in the Workplace

Philadelphia SpArc, an organization that helps prepare people with autism for employment, held its fifth annual reception to honor area businesses who are leaders in autism employment. Representatives from regional colleges with programs supporting students with autism also attended, including three staff members from CDS’s Spectrum Scholars.

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More Delaware students graduating high school; dropout rates are down

The Delaware Education Department released statistics showing Delaware’s overall graduation rate for the 2017–2018 school year was the highest in the state’s history, while the dropout rate decreased from the previous year’s. Graduation rates for students with disabilities also rose.

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Late-session bill proposes breaking up Delaware health department

Sen. Nicole Poore introduced a bill that would create a committee to consider how to break up the Department of Health and Social Services, the largest state agency, into two separate departments, one focused on policy and the other on service provision. Gov. Carney said through a spokesperson that he understood Sen. Poore’s concern but offered no opinion on the bill itself.

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SODE Torch Run sweeps state

The thirty-third annual statewide law enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Delaware was held last week to kick off the Summer Games. Involving more than 500 law enforcement officers, the run spanned 160 miles from Rehoboth Beach to Newark. In its three-decade history, the run has raised nearly $8 million total for Special Olympics Delaware.