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.
Nowhere Else to Turn
Frank and Donna Santoro discuss the chair lift they received from a program, administered by the University of Delaware’s Center for Disabilities Studies and funded by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, for people with paralysis-causing conditions.
Delaware LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) program
Learn here about the new five-year, $2.3 million training program that UD’s Center for Disabilities Studies is administering, which will produce better clinicians and advocates in support of individuals with disabilities and their families.
Delaware Network for Excellence in Autism
Learn here about the training and support that Delaware’s new autism resource center is expected to provide. Also click on the links below for more information about the network, which will be housed at the University of Delaware’s Center for Disabilities Studies.
Family SHADE networking breakfast
Everyone who attends a Family SHADE networking breakfast gets a few minutes to talk about the organization they represent. To view a previous networking breakfast, click this link or click on the image below.
Window on Family SHADE
WITN Channel 22’s Shannan Harris interviews Annalisa Ekbladh and Karen Zalewski about Family SHADE, the Delaware alliance that connects families to supports and services for their youngsters with special health care needs.
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.