Howard T Ennis school in Georgetown Delaware
Plans for new Howard T. Ennis School move ahead

The Indian River School District’s board of education unanimously approved Delaware Department of Education’s Certificate of Necessity and architectural design for the Howard T. Ennis School, necessary steps in the construction process. The district superintendent estimated the project could be done as soon as fall 2020.

Notice of Philadelphia polling place change
Voting rights groups question Philly’s polling place changes

Philadelphia elections officials have moved 89 polling places for the city’s upcoming municipal election, a routine action that voting rights organizations nevertheless criticized as likely to depress turnout among people with disabilities and others. Officials responded that they disseminated notifications as required by law and that some moves were in fact to more accessible locations.

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Easterseals receives grant to support autism therapy

Easterseals Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore announced that it has received a $25,000 grant from Discover Bank to offer children with autism under age three Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy. Research has consistently shown that interventions such as ABA are more effective the earlier in a child’s life they begin.

The Kelsey Project in San Jose, California, includes 28 apartments dedicated to the developmentally disabled
Google finances San Jose apartment project out of affordable housing fund

Google recently gave a loan to innovative affordable housing advocacy organization The Kelsey Project, financing the construction of an inclusive apartment building. The building will have a set number of units reserved for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (20 percent of the total occupancy) and low incomes. Rent prices will be adjusted to the residents’ finances.

Kenneth French, top, with his parents Paola French and Russell French in a family photo
The Autism City: The shooting at Costco

The California disability community is calling for accountability after an off-duty police officer shot 10 bullets in five seconds at an adult man with a developmental disability – and the man’s parents – when the man became agitated and pushed the officer to the ground. More than 50 people protested the district attorney’s decision not to prosecute and other advocates pushed for increased disability awareness training in police training academies.