Artfest 2019

Delawareans with disabilities paint tropical island paradises with the support of volunteers from the University of Delaware at our 12th Artfest. Many of them also dance during a short Zumba break. CDS hosted and collaborated on the inclusive, accessible event with Art Therapy Express and the New Castle County Department of Community Services.


Arfest 2019 slideshow

Experience Artfest 2019 by viewing these photos of the many Delawareans with disabilities and student volunteers from the University of Delaware who took part. Artfest 2019 was the first in which each participant, with the support of a volunteer, produced a single work of art. Each photo is accompanied by a caption, describing the work – and often the joy – on display.

Katherine Ditlow smiles as she starts painting the ocean surrounding her tropical island paradise. At Artfest 2019, each participant got to paint a single canvas and take it home to display.


CDS at 25

View video highlights of the community reception, held October 2018 at UD’s Roselle Center for the Arts, celebrating CDS’s 25 years of education, advocacy, service and research.


Underrepresented no more

How can people with disabilities make a greater impact on elections? Experts with Washington, D.C.-based advocacy organizations, a Stanford Law School professor and Delaware’s attorney general count the ways in this video of a UD forum held to mark CDS’s 25-year anniversary. They also note the conditions and practices that have contributed to people with disabilities voting in disproportionately low numbers.


Voting rights controversies

Learn from this video why potential voters with disabilities are up to 21 percent less likely to vote than potential voters without disabilities. The obstacles, notes Dr. Rabia Belt of Stanford Law School, include transportation hardships, long lines, inaccessible ballots, poorly trained elections workers, stringent voter ID requirements and some form of disenfranchisement of people with “mental disabilities” in most states. Dr. Belt delivered her remarks at UD on the occasion of CDS’s 25-year anniversary.


Our 11th Artfest

People with disabilities and University of Delaware student volunteers bonded while painting masks and murals, mugging for the camera at a costumed photo booth, expressing themselves through marble painting, spin art, a dreamcatcher project and “Paintbrushes for People,” and experimenting with slime. To view the slideshow of the creative workshop and community celebration, click this link or click on the image below.

Volunteer Laura Cantagallo lends support to participant Linny Marbel at our 11th Artfest


Disability Mentoring Day in Delaware

University of Delaware President Dennis Assanis and U.S. Sen. Chris Coons speak at Disability Mentoring Day ceremonies in Newark, Delaware, Oct. 19, 2016.


Artfest 2016

This 10-year anniversary rollout of Artfest featured people with disabilities throughout Delaware and student volunteers from the University of Delaware come together in Newport to create a collaborative circle art project, spin art, a fabric sculpture, a large mural, paint-stamp art, free-hand art, marble painting and leaf-print canvases. To view the slideshow, click this link or click on the image below.

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Artfest 2015

The creative workshop and community celebration presented by CDS and Art Therapy Express showcased a collaborative floor mural, a communal found-objects sculpture, the painting of ceramic masks, spin art, gelli painting, stencil painting and costumed photo shoots. Delawareans with disabilities and UD student volunteers participated. To view the slideshow, click this link or click on the image below.

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Delawareans celebrate 25th anniversary of ADA signing

CDS and Delawareans paraded to the mall outside Legislative Hall in Dover on July 18, 2015 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.


A Closer Look: The New CMS Rule

In March 2015, Delaware sent federal officials its plan on how the state intends to comply with the new rule that increasingly steers Medicaid funding to home- and community-based settings and away from institutional settings. This University of Delaware video of a CDS town hall explains the “CMS rule” and explores how it will usher in authentic community integration for people with disabilities.


Art For Everyone’s Sake

Creativity, community and inclusion take center stage in this joyous video of Artfest, hosted by CDS and Art Therapy Express.


Gov. Jack Markell calls on businesses to give people with disabilities a shot at jobs

In an interview with CDS on Disability Mentoring Day 2014, Gov. Jack Markell says government can help people with disabilities get jobs by: 1. preparing young people for the “expectation” of a “lifetime of work”; 2. being a model employer that businesses can emulate; and by 3. “making businesses understand” that employees with disabilities will benefit them.


Employers, students with disabilities connect in Delaware on Disability Mentoring Day

Take a look at the memorable work experience that these and other students with disabilities gained on Disability Mentoring Day 2014 in Newark.


Artfest 2014

To view the slideshow, click this link or click on the image below.

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Students with Disabilities Dazzle, Receive Honors at University of Delaware

These exceptional young men and women who took center stage at UD’s College of Education and Human Development’s convocation ceremony aren’t letting their intellectual disabilities get in the way of their education and career paths. Each just graduated with a Career and Life Studies Certificate.