Center for Disabilities Studies : About Us
Located at the University of Delaware in the College of Education and Human Development, the Center for Disabilities Studies is one of over sixty University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities in the country.
Community Advisory Council
The Center for Disabilities Studies is supported with its work through the contribution of their Community Advisory Council (CAC). The CAC is composed of individuals with developmental disabilities and related disabilities; family members of individuals with developmental disabilities; representatives from disability-related training, service, and advocacy organizations; representatives from state agencies; and other disabilities advocates. Meetings of the CAC are held a four times a year.
Current CAC members are:
Bob Valihura, Chairperson, Advocate
Cory Ellen Nourie, First Vice Chairperson, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Linda Heller, Second Vice Chairperson, Self-advocate
Deborah Dunlap, Secretary, Parent
David Lynch, At-large Member, Self-advocate
Marie-Anne Aghazadian, Parent Information Center of Delaware
Bobbi Dehaven, Self-advocate
Robert Doyle, Division for the Visually Impaired
Micki Edelsohn, Parent
Bill Fitzpatrick, Self-advocate
Carmella Giddins-Jones, Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services
Brian Hartman, Delaware Disabilities Law Program
Debra Heffernan, Parent, State Legislator
David Hill, Self-advocate, Special Olympics Delaware
Kyle Hodges, State Council for Persons with Disabilities
Kathy Hughes, Advocate
Patricia Kelleher, The Arc of Delaware
Jane Luke, Parent
Susan Mateja, Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance
Mary Ann Mieczkowski, Exceptional Children Resources, Department of Education
Laurie Nicoli, Parent
Corrine Pearson, Parent, Special Olympics Delaware
Dara Schumaier, Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Monika Shafi, Parent
Wendy Strauss, Governor's Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens
Della Thomas, Statewide Programs for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind
Martha Toomey, Parent
Janet Villarreal, Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities
Carl Wexler, Division of Developmental Disabilities Services
If you would like more information about the CAC, contact Michele Sands at 302-831-3038.
Association of University Centers on Disabilities
CDS is a member of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). AUCD is a national network of interdisciplinary centers advancing policy and practice through research, education, leadership and services for and with individuals with developmental and other disabilities, their families and communities.
Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
The Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) is the U.S. Government organization responsible for implementation of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000, known as the DD Act. ADD, its staff and programs, are part of the Administration for Children and Families, of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.