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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.
Did You Know?
The Center for Disabilities Studies (CDS) celebrated its 20th anniversary with a celebratory event. Rita Landgraf, Delaware Health and Social Services secretary, served as the event’s honorary chair and noted CDS’s “pivotal role” in matters of inclusion. Featured speaker Keith Jones, who runs the organization SoulTouchin’ Experiences, spoke of the ongoing need to change attitudes held by many individuals concerning people with disabilities. Watch the commemorative anniversary video or read more about the event in the UDaily article, “CDS anniversary celebration.”
The Center started the National Core Indicators project, which assesses services provided to Delawareans with developmental disabilities. For more information, visit the Transition, Education & Employment Model (TEEM) unit page.
CDS in the News
Beth Mineo brings clarity to new CMS rule on News Radio 1410 WDOV and 1450 WILM
CDS Director Beth Mineo made the complex new federal rule that will boost community living and employment opportunities for people with disabilities understandable for her radio audience April 24. On News Radio 1410 WDOV and 1450 WILM, Beth explained that because of the new CMS rule, “Medicaid funding that used to go to paying for institutional care can now go to supporting people to live and work in the settings of their choice.” Hear the entire interview, here: Beth Mineo Radio Interview.
CDS Town Hall on new CMS rule attracts News Journal coverage
News Journal reporter Beth Miller covered CDS’s April 21 Town Hall on the new federal rule that promises more integrative community living and better employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Read the news story here.
Andy Imparato, executive director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, and Jennifer Mathis, director of programs with the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, headlined the town hall. Attendees from Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Washington, D.C. also heard CDS Director Beth Mineo call the new rule “a real turning point.”
Beth Mineo and Jamie Wolf speak out on PBS
CDS Director Beth Mineo and CDS Disabilities Specialist Jamie Wolfe were recently interviewed on PBS about the coming reforms to Delaware’s paratransit service. Several of the reforms could prove devastating for people with disabilities who depend on the service for transport to their chosen destinations. The piece aired on First, a program broadcast by local PBS affiliate WHYY, on Jan. 31, and is available for viewing on the WHYY website.
Delaware's strategic plan for autism attracts a larger audience
The Blueprint for Collective Action, Delaware’s strategic plan to improve services and supports for people with autism spectrum disorder, has been featured in the Cape Gazette and on WDEL radio. The Blueprint was unveiled on Jul. 15 and represents a two-year collaboration with a number of organizations, professionals and family members, coordinated by CDS staff member Annalisa Ekbladh.
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.
Our Annual Report:
See what CDS accomplished in the past fiscal year by viewing this version of its newly released report, featuring illustrations from participants in the 2013 Artfest.
April 29 - Delaware Positive Behavior Support Project
May 11 – Buddy Walk
Visit the Events Calendar for more information about these and other events.
Project Bridge Newsletter
Read about CDS projects, staff, and internal and external events in Project Bridge.
Resources & Links
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CDD) has a website 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 Develop-mental Disabilities Services in Delaware. See the "Want to Know How DDDS Works" page.
HealthCare.gov helps consumers take control of their health care. It includes a section for people with disabilities and a Spanish version of the site. Find more information about being healthy with a disability at GoHDWD.org.
For news and updates on the Commission on Community-Based Alternatives for Persons with Disabilities, visit the Commission web page.