A trailhead at Brandywine Creek State Park
Changes could be coming to Brandywine Creek State Park trail network

The Division of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is planning to expand and improve the Brandywine Creek State Park trail system. The changes would include adding new trails and resurfacing or realigning others to make them accessible to people with disabilities.

Black student in meeting with administration
Civil Rights panel: Disabled students of color punished more

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights found that students with disabilities are about twice as likely to be suspended as those without disabilities, and black, Latino and Native American students receive harsher punishments than their white peers. The panel recommended the Trump administration implement policies similar to those in the Obama-era guidance that was rescinded last December.

Governor John Carney of Delaware with representatives from and at the Food Bank of Delaware in Newark
Proposed USDA rule for SNAP benefits would impact food assistance for some Delawareans

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing new rules that would force the 40 states that participate in the SNAP (food stamps) program to restrict its eligibility requirements and stop automatically enlisting certain recipients. Critics say the proposed rule would penalize people with disabilities, low-income families and seniors.

disabled woman types on laptop computer at dining room table
Disability Equality Index shows steady growth of inclusion

The annual Disability Equality Index (DEI), released this week, found a 68 percent increase from 2018’s DEI in the number of corporations that met at least four-fifths of its inclusive hiring and employment criteria. The survey, conducted by Disability:IN and the American Association of People with Disabilities, rated 180 companies that together employ 8.7 million people.

Christina School Board President Meredith Griffin addresses Christiana High School graduates in June 2019
Christina school board approves tax hike

The Christina School Board approved a modest tuition tax hike for fiscal year 2020 that will see the average homeowner pay about $22 more in property taxes. The tuition tax, which amounted to $31.6 million in Fiscal Year 2019, is used exclusively to support students with unique, intensive or complex educational needs, including students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, students who are Deaf and English Language Learners.