It took almost two years for Lillie Larimore to be diagnosed with Angelman syndrome, a rare neuro-genetic disorder that causes developmental delays, lack of speech and seizures. Lillie’s mom and her husband are now determined to foster awareness, in part, by organizing Delaware’s first Angelman Syndrome awareness walk this year to raise funds and help find a cure.
Several Democratic senators are asking the Trump administration to bring together multiple disability-related panels such as the Interagency Committee on Disability Research, when making important budget decisions about disability programs to ensure input is sought from the disability community.
Autism Delaware has announced that they hope to attract 3,000 walkers and raise $250,000 for programs and services during the state-wide Walk for Autism being held on April 14, in Lewes and April 21, in Wilmington. In addition to the walk, fun zones will be set up with hands-on crafts for children.
In partnership with The Precisionists, commercial lender CAG Truck Capital announced plans to hire individuals with autism to fill positions in their loan processing department. The Wilmington-based Precisionists have partnered with several area companies to reach their goal of employing 10,000 individuals with disabilities by 2025.
A report issued this week by the Association of American Medical Colleges focused on medical students’ experiences disclosing their disabilities. It was found that very few disclose due to fear of judgement and perceptions of inability. The report is meant to educate those in the field about the potential of individuals with disabilities and their institution’s policies regarding disability.