Center for Disabilities Studies: Events Calendar
- Initial ESP Training for Community Volunteers – December 2
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the New Castle County Courthouse, 500 N. King Street, Suite 901 in Wilmington. Event hosted by the NCC CASA program. Take the first step to becoming an Educational Surrogate Parent (ESP) for a child in foster care. An ESP works with a school team to help make decisions about special education services for a child with a disability. In this training, you will learn about the Educational Surrogate Parent Program, the responsibilities of an ESP and the process for being appointed as an ESP. You will also gain knowledge about the special education process. For to register, please visit the event website.
- Best Buddies Night at Longwood Gardens – December 3
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (timed entrance) at Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Rd., in Kennett Square, PA. Tickets are $3 per person, but must be reserved and paid by Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. This is the night Best Buddies will celebrate all of their members, volunteers and families with a pre-holiday visit to Longwood Gardens. The Gardens are open until later in the evening. For tickets, please email email@example.com or call 302-691-3187 to reserve.
- What is Section 504? – December 3
4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at New Castle Public Library, 424 Delaware Streetin New Castle. Event sponsored by the Parent Information Center of Delaware. Topics covered will include the differences between Section 504 and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) regulations and using 504 plans to provide supports, services, and accommodations for behavior, learning, or health-related issues. To register, visit the PIC of DE website.
- Special Olympics Reindeer Run – December 4
Race start is 7 p.m. at the Aetna Fire Station, corner of Delaware Avenue and Academy Street in Newark. Sponsored by BNY Mellon and held on the same night as the City of Newark’s Department of Parks & Recreation “Winterfest” celebration, the Reindeer Run and Romp is an evening event that utilizes downtown Newark, the University of Delaware campus, and the James F. Hall Trail. The 5k Reindeer Run is a competitive, timed run with awards given for all age categories. The 5k Reindeer Romp is a non-timed event that begins immediately after the Run. Entry Fee is $25 for pre-registered participants and $30 day-of. All participants will receive a long-sleeve event T-shirt, discount coupons towards Main Street merchants, and jingle bells. For more information and to register, visit the Special Olympics DE website.
- Epilepsy Foundation Breakfast with Santa – December 6
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hockessin Memorial Hall, 1225 Old Lancaster Pike in Hockessin. The event will include a full buffet breakfast, pictures with Santa, kids crafts, seasonal raffle baskets, and a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $15 for children, $25 for adults, and $20 for seniors. All proceeds benefit Epilepsy Foundation of DE. To purchase tickets, call 302-999-9313 or visit the Epilepsy Foundation of Delaware Website.
- ARC of DE Christmas Dance – December 11
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Cheswold Fire Hall, 371 Main Street (Rt. 42) in Cheswold. Dance for ages 18 & older. There will be a DJ and refreshments. This is a free event. Donations are appreciated. Call the Dover ARC office at 302-736-6140 with questions. Note: Please be sure that each participant who attends the dance alone has emergency information on their person, including: full name, address, phone number and contact person.
- Down Syndrome Association Holiday Party – December 12
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Padua Academy, 905 N. Broom Street, Wilmington (Please enter at 10th and Broom). Mrs. Claus will be reading stories to the children before Santa arrives. Santa will be there handing out presents and singing songs (Parents, please bring wrapped and tagged gift for your child). Padua will provide refreshments and the party will include, games and prizes, arts and crafts, pictures with Santa, face painting, and cookie decorating. The event is free of charge. For more information and to register, visit the Down Syndrome Association website.
- Effective Advocacy Skills – December 15
6 p.m. at Frederick Douglass Elementary School, 1 Swain Road in Seaford. This free workshop hosted by Parent Information Center will include introduction to the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and the “language” of special education, components of an IEP and use of data, and understanding Present Level of Educational Performance (PLEP). For more information and to register, visit the PIC of DE website.
- Partners in Policymaking – Applications due December 18
Hilton Garden Inn in Dover. The Delaware Developmental Disabilities Council is accepting applications for the 2016 Partners in Policymaking Program. The program is designed for parents raising school-aged children with a developmental disability or young adults with developmental disabilities. Partners provides participants with up-to-date information, education and skill building activities about the legislative process and local, state, and national issues that affect individuals with disabilities. The Partners in Policymaking program is provided at no cost to participants.
Eight, two-day sessions are held once a month from February through September. Each session begins at noon on Friday and concludes late afternoon on Saturday. Applications can be downloaded at www.ddc.delaware.gov and sent to Kristin Cosden, Social Services Administrator, DDC, via mail at: 410 Federal Street, Suite 2, Dover, DE 19901; via email at Kristin.firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax at 302-739-2015. Call 302-739-3333 with questions.
- IEP Basics – January 5
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Bancroft Elementary School, 700 North Lombard Street in Wilmington. This free workshop hosted by Parent Information Center will include information on defining advocacy, developing effective parent advocacy skills and action plans that lead to positive outcomes. For more information and to register, visit the PIC of DE website.
- Arc of DE New Year’s Dance – January 15
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Cheswold Fire Hall, 371 Main St. (Rt. 42) in Cheswold. The Mid-Del Committee is hosting a New Year’s Dance. Event sponsored by McDonalds and Sanders Mgmt. For more information, contact The Arc (302) 736-6140 or visit the event's flyer. Each client who attends the dance must have an emergency information card on their person including full name, address, phone number and contact person.
- 18th Annual Life Conference – January 20
8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at Dover Downs Hotel, 1131 North DuPont Highway in Dover. The LIFE Conference is a joint effort of many Delaware consumer-focused organizations, which addresses the topics of legislation, independence (through assistive technology), family and education. Over 500 consumers, families and professionals attend the annual conference for educational and networking opportunities. Registration costs are as follows: $50 for general attendees before January 1; $25 for people with disabilities; $25 for parents, guardians, and caregivers of people with disabilities; and $25 for full-time students. Please contact email@example.com with questions about registration.
- Organizing Special Education Documents – January 26
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Bancroft Elementary School, 700 North Lombard Street in Wilmington. This free workshop hosted by Parent Information Center will include information on identifying critical documents, how to develop a “student snapshot,” and creating a task list for the school year. For more information and to register, visit the PIC of DE website.
- 2nd Annual Down Syndrome Association of Delaware Night at 87ers Basketball Game – February 5
7 p.m. at Bob Carpenter Center, 631 S College Avenue in Newark. Delaware 87ers basketball team take on the Maine Red Claws. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets $10 per person. To purchase tickets visit www.sevens.com/promo and use code "DSA". For questions or more information, contact Chanelle Reynolds at 302-351-5372.
- Autism-friendly Performance of “Wicked” – February 7
At the Gershwin Theater, 222 W 51st St in New York, NY. Theatre Development Fund (TDF), the not-for-profit service organization for the performing arts announced their fifth season of autism-friendly performances presented through its Autism Theatre Initiative (ATI) for 2015-16. The second autism-friendly Broadway matinée performance will be Wicked. For individuals on the autism spectrum, as well as people with other developmental or cognitive disabilities. Tickets generally go on sale between 6 and 8 weeks prior to the performance. For tickets and more information, visit the Autism Theater Initiative Website.