Welcome to the Center for Disabilities Studies
The mission of the Center for Disabilities Studies is to enhance the lives of individuals and families through education, prevention, service, and research related to disabilities. We promote independence and productivity so individuals and families can fully participate in the life of their communities in Delaware and beyond.
What's your Word to Describe CDS on our 20th Anniversary?
We at the Center for Disabilities Studies are celebrating our 20th anniversary during 2013 with the theme, "Transforming Communities – Inclusion, Empowerment and Well-being." We will be commemorating our founding, celebrating the present and building toward the future.
We would like your help in creating a piece of artwork based on words that our friends and partners share with us. What does CDS mean to you? What word or words would you use to describe the Center and the work we do?
To contribute your words, go to this document today.
Spread the Word to End the Word Day Observed March 6
Students at the University of Delaware and in schools and organizations across the country observed Spread the Word to End the Word Day on March 6. This campaign for respect and unity is an ongoing effort by Special Olympics and Best Buddies to raise the consciousness of society about the demeaning and hurtful effects of the word “retard(ed),” and to encourage people to pledge to stop using the R-word. Two UD student groups, Best Buddies and Central Complex, hosted tables with banners for students to sign to pledge to end the use of the R- word.
CDS Receives $900,000 Grant for Healthy Delawareans with Disabilities (HDWD) Project
The grant, titled "Improving the Health of People with Disabilities Through State-Based Public Health Programs," will develop and strengthen health-related disability programs in Delaware. CDS will work with the Department of Health and Social Services to reduce disparities in key health indicators, including obesity, physical activity, tobacco use and preventive screenings, and identify and reduce disparities in health care access for people with disabilities.
More information is included in the UDaily article.
Delaware's Governor Signs Employment First Bill into Law
On Monday, July 16, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed the state’s first Employment First bill into law. As the newly elected chair of the National Governors Association, he has also made the employment of people with disabilities a priority of his term as chair.
Read the full article on Governor Markell's website.
New Castle County ATRC and DATI Central Administrative Office Move to CDS
The New Castle County Assistive Technology Resource Center and the central office of the Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative, formerly located at A.I. Dupont/Nemours Hospital for Children, have relocated to the Center for Disabilities Studies on the campus of the
University of Delaware. Staff members Marvin Williams and Joann McCafferty are now at this site. Contact information is as follows:
461 Wyoming Road
Newark, DE 19716
800- 870-DATI (3284) (Voice/TTY)
See UDaily article about the ATRC open house.
New Edition of Connecting the Dots is available
The Center for Disabilities Studies and Delaware Family Voices/Family to Family Health Information Center have created a new edition of Connecting the Dots, A Guide to Finding Services for Children and Adults with Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs in Delaware. The guide includes suggestions about where to begin your search for information and services; extensive lists of resources for first steps and next steps; a glossary of terms; commonly used acronyms; and stories about families who have been successful in finding support for a child with disabilities or special health care needs
Support our work
As a research and public service center at the University of Delaware, the Center for Disabilities Studies relies on public and private support from individuals, corporations, foundations and state and federal entities to operate its programs. All gifts to the Center for Disabilities Studies are tax deductible to the extent provided by law. Learn how you can help fulfill our mission by contributing to CDS.
Volunteers, people with disabilities connect over art therapy projects (October 2012)
The University of Delaware Review published this article about University students who volunteered for the Center's 2012 Artfest and worked alongside people with disabilities to create artwork.
May 31 - June 2 - UD Alumni Weekend
Visit the Calendar of Events for more information about this and other events.
Did you know?
- A $500 scholarship will be presented to a UD student with a disability who is registered with the Office of Disability Support Services and who has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments that exemplify the abilities and contributions of individuals with disabilities at the University. Apply by May 23. See UDaily story for more information.
- You can view or download "Developing Successful Internship Programs and Community-Based Career Exploration Experiences," the presentation made by TEEM staff members at the 2012 National Transition Conference.
The first issue of the CLSC Gazette has been published.
- There's a new "CLSC Corner" written by Michael Denny. Learn what CLSC students have to say about the program.
- Read about CDS projects, staff and events in "Project Bridge."
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- The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CDD) has a website dedicated to information about the critical importance of the Social Security disability, survivor and retirement insurance programs for people with disabilities and their families.
- Guide to the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services In Delaware. See the "Want to Know How DDDS Works" page at
- Consumer-focused health care website - www.healthcare.gov - helps consumers take control of their health care. It includes a special section for people with disabilities. Spanish version: www.CuidadodeSalud.gov. Find more information about being healthy with a disability at GoHDWD.org.