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Upcoming Events

  • Arc of DE Valentine’s Day Dance – February 12
    7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Tatnall School Gym, 1501 Barley Mill Road in Wilmington. The Arc of Delaware will host this free event for attendees ages 18 and older. There will be music by DJ Paul and light refreshments. Please RSVP to eraign@thearcofdelaware.org or 302-996-9400 ext. 107.

  • Documentary “Waterwheel” – February 12
    7 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 510 S Central Ave in Laurel. A documentary about Randy Chang, a concert pianist from Smyrna who happens to have Down syndrome, will be shown. Additionally, on Feb. 21 at 1 p.m., Randy Chang will be playing the piano.

  • Eligibility for Special Education – February 16
    6 pm. to 8 p.m. at Bear Library, 101 Governor’s Place in Bear. Parent Information Center will host a workshop covering educational evaluations and the process to determine if a child has a qualifying disability to receive special education services, as well as eligibility requirements for special education services under federal and state law. For more information and to register, visit the event website.

  • Ensuring Effective Communication to Meet ADA Guidelines – February 17
    9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Dover Public Library, 35 East Loockerman Street in Dover. The purpose of this training is to offer health professionals strategies to optimize effective communication with a focus on how to best work with an individual with a hearing impairment to enhance the quality of the services they receive. The training will provide an overview of the ADA, information on how to communicate using “auxiliary aids”, how to finding a qualified interpreter, and information on an interpreter's code of ethics and duties. This training is free, but pre-registration is required. You can register at this link. Please contact Bhavana Viswanathan at bhavana@udel.edu or 302-831-8374 with questions.

  • Sensory Processing Presentation – February 18
    7 p.m. at the Mt. Pleasant High School Library in Wilmington. Beth Hunsinger, Occupational Therapist with All the Difference, a non-profit organization providing therapy services to individuals with developmental differences, will give a presentation on sensory processing and the DIR/Floortime model. The event is presented by the Brandywine Specialized Autism Program Parent Action Committee (BSAP PAC).

  • An Evening with Ari Ne'eman – February 23
    7p.m. to 8 p.m. at Easter Seals of Delaware & Maryland's Eastern Shore, 461 Corporate Circle in New Castle. Delaware People First will present an evening with Ari Ne'eman, President of the Autistic Self Adocacy Network and a member of the National Council on Disabilitiy. Ari will be speaking about his experiences in advocating for himself and others. For more information and to register, visit the event flyer.

  • Lunchtime Learning: Disability Film Showcase – February 26
    Noon to 1 p.m. at CDS, 461 Wyoming Road in Newark. CDS will show four free films that each offer a unique take on what it means to be someone living with a disability. CDS’s Megan Pell will lead audience members in a brief discussion of each film immediately following its screening. For more information and to register, visit the event flyer.

  • UD Polar Plunge – February 28
    1 p.m. at the Harrington Turf on the University of Delaware campus in Newark. UD Students are invited to take a plunge in an outdoor pool to raise money for Special Olympics Delaware. Registration is $30. There will be food and music and a long-sleeved t-shirt will be provided for all participants. For more information and to register, visit the Special Olympics Delaware website.

  • Spread the Word to End the Word Day – March 2
    Spread the Word to End the Word is an annual campaign spearheaded by Special Olympics to recognize that our choice of language frames how we treat others. Remember that the event can occur at any time throughout the month of March and beyond, so schools can fit in their campaign on a day that is most convenient for their schedule. Schools have made the day meaningful, inclusive and engaging for their entire school community through several different ways (assemblies, pep rallies, fundraisers, student activities, etc. combined with a Pledge Respect banner signing.)

  • Career and Life Studies Certificate (CLSC) Program Open House – March 7
    5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Center for Disabilities Studies, 461 Wyoming Road in Newark. CLSC students and staff will be on hand to answer questions about the two-year college certificate program for young adults with disabilities. Some of the discussion topics include internship and career exploration, undergraduate and core CLSC courses, developing life skills, campus activities and more. For more information and to RSVP visit the event flyer.

  • Delaware’s Inclusion Conference – March 16
    7:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at Dover Downs Hotel, 1131 North DuPont Highway in Dover. The 22nd annual Inclusion Conference will feature keynote speaker Dr. Phillip Strain who will speak about “Inclusion Myths and Realities: Key Findings, Quality Indicators and Longitudinal Needs for Children.” Please see the conference website for information regarding other workshops available to attendees. Attendees must register by March 2 and the cost will be $40 per person and $20 per person for full-time students. Please register here.

  • Improving Outcomes for Adults & Transitioning Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder & Behavioral Health Conditions – March 16
    9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Embassy Suites, 654 South College Avenue in Newark. The Division of Substance Abuse & Mental Health and Autism Delaware are sponsoring a one-day conference geared to the behavioral health community. Presenters will include Dafne Carnright, LPCMH, NCC from Autism Delaware; James Connell, PhD from the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute; Todd Harris, PhD from the Devereux Foundation; Amy Keefer, PhD from the Kennedy-Krieger Institute; Pamela Najera, PhD from the Devereux Foundation; and Cory Ellen Nourie, MSS, MSLSP from A.I. DuPont Hospital/Nemours. Non-state employees can register here and state employees can register here. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and a networking lunch will be provided. Attendees will receive 6.0 continuing education hours in exchange for full day attendance. Please contact 302-255-9480 with questions.

  • What is Section 504? (Webinar) – March 17
    12 p.m. to 1 p.m. This Parent Information Center-hosted webinar will focus on using 504 Plans to support children with health conditions such as diabetes. It will include a discussion of the differences between Section 504 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) regulations, as well an overview of IDEA and Health Plans. Attendees will also learn about the appropriate uses of Section 504 accommodations versus provisions in health plans. For more information and to register, visit webinar's website.

  • 2016 Easter Seals Volleyball Challenge – March 18-20
    Delaware Juniors Volleyball Center, 100 Interchange Blvd. in Newark. Easter Seals Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore will host their 35th annual Volleyball Challenge benefitting local children and adults with disabilities. Form a team of 6-10 people to play other teams of similar ability in a 90-minute rotation during one of the three event days. Participants who prefer not to play on the courts can participate with a “virtual team.” Each team is asked to fundraise toward a minimum goal of $1,500. For more information please contact Laura Becker at 221-2065 or lbecker@esdel.org. Click here to register.

  • 2016 Blue-Gold All-Star Basketball Games – March 19
    First game starts at 1:30 p.m. at the Bob Carpenter Center, University of Delaware in Newark. The 18th annual 18th annual Blue-Gold High School All-Star Basketball Games, supporting Best Buddies Delaware, will feature the top 60 Delaware high school seniors. There will also be a special celebrity Basketball game between Philadelphia Eagles players, celebrities and sponsors. For more information and to buy tickets, visit the Best Buddies Delaware website.

  • Person centered planning – March 19
    10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the A.I. duPont Hospital for Children, third floor, classroom 1, 1600 Rockland Rd. in Wilmington. The Down Syndrome Association of Delaware, Brandywine School District and the Delaware Department of Education will present a workshop on Person-Centered Planning - an individualized approach that helps a person with a developmental disability discover what he or she really wants. The workshop will explain how this method can be used in a student's IEP meeting and transition planning. For more information and to register, visit the Down Syndrome Association of Delaware website. Vicki Spence, representing the Delaware Positive Behavior Support Project, is facilitating the workshop.

  • Rock Your Socks for World Down Syndrome Day – March 21
    Wear bold, brightly colored, mismatched socks. All of the information needed for your school, business, or organization to participate in Rock Your Socks is available on the Down Syndrome Association of Delaware website. This includes an online order form for socks and a Disability Awareness Toolkit for teachers, school staff and organizations to use to promote Down syndrome awareness and disability awareness. This toolkit contains talking points about Down syndrome, lesson plans to encourage understanding, and videos to support the instruction. For more information, visit the DSA of DE website.


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