Center for Disabilities Studies: Events Calendar
- 16th Annual Run, Walk & Roll – May 7
8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Wild Quail Golf & Country Club, 1 Clubhouse Dr., in Camden-Wyoming. The Arc of Delaware will be hosting their 5K run, walk, and roll or 1 mile walk and roll fundraisier. The event will be rain or shine and will start and finish at the pool house at the Westville Rd., entrance. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and the free children’s run will begin at 8:50 a.m. The 5K and 1 mile events will begin at 9 a.m. Registration costs $20 per participant until April 30 and $25 after and on the day of the event. Each participant will receive a t-shirt and post-race festivities will include complimentary food and beverages. Participants are encouraged to register online at the event's website. For more information, view the event brochure.
- Special Olympics Delaware: Over the Edge – May 12
Over the Edge allows participants the opportunity to raise money for Special Olympics DE and “send” yourself, or a friend, boss, or colleague, rappelling 17 stories “Over the Edge” of a building. Participants can register at this website with a $50 deposite. Each participant who raises a minimum of $1,100 will have the opportunity to repel. Please contact Lisa Smith at 302-831-3482 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- 2016 Buddy Walk – May 15
1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Field House Lawn, UD Athletic Complex in Newark. The Buddy Walk is a one-mile rain or shine walk hosted by the DSA of Delaware to promote the understanding, inclusion and acceptance of people with Down syndrome. Teams of any size can be formed, and each team’s captain can create their team homepage where they can invite family and friends to make a donation or register for the walk. Participants can register at this website. For more information, visit the Buddy Walk website.
- Autism Awareness Day at the Races – May 15
1 p.m. at Dover International Speedway, 1131 N Dupont Hwy., in Dover. Dover International Speedway will host its 5th annual Autism Awareness Day at the Races during the track’s “AAA 400 Drive for Autism” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The ticket package provides a sensory-friendly environment to watch the race, and also features pre-race appearances by NASCAR drivers and personalities, seating in air-conditioned grandstands, presentations by educational speakers, food and beverage options, and access to a quiet zone with muted lighting and sound. Tickets cost $95 for adults and $25 for children ages 14 and under. For more information and to buy tickets, visit the race website here or call 800-441-RACE.
- Ensuring effective communication to meet ADA guidelines – May 18
8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at CDS, 461 Wyoming Rd., in Newark. Hosted by CDS’s Healthy Delawareans with Disabilities project, this training will offer strategies to optimize effective communication between health professionals and individuals with disabilities, including a focus on how to work with individuals with a hearing impairment to enhance the quality of services they receive. Health professionals will be provided with an overview of the ADA, their responsibilities under the law and a summary of enforcement history. They will also receive instruction on how to communicate using auxiliary aids, resources for finding a qualified interpreter, and information on the duties and code of ethics of interpreters. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at CDS, 461 Wyoming Rd., in Newark. This training is free, but pre-registration is required. You can enroll here. Sign-in will begin at 8 a.m. Please contact Bhavana Viswanathan at email@example.com or 302-831-8374 with questions.
- Community emergency response team training – May 20-21
5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on May 20 and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 21 at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute, 15 Innovation Way, in Newark. Conducted by Delaware Citizen Corps, and sponsored by CDS, Christiana Care Medical Reserve Corps, and the Delaware Medical Reserve Corps, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training will educate community members about disaster preparedness. Attendees will learn basic disaster response skills, including fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. CERT volunteers who complete the full 12-hour training will be provided with a certificate by Citizen Corps, which certifies them to assist others in their community following a disaster. This training is free, but pre-registration is required and spaces are limited. Please register here by May 11.
- Family Leadership Academy – May 21-22
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on May 21 and from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on May 22 at CDS, 461 Wyoming Rd., in Newark. This two-day series hosted by The Parent Information Center of DE is designed to empower caregivers to become leaders in their communities. Participants will identify leadership opportunities on councils, boards, and committees where they will be able to share their passion for and knowledge of education. Topics covered will included defining parent leadership and reframing agendas, understanding conflict and asking clarifying questions, using a personal story to make systems changes, and collaborating and working effectively in team meetings. The event is free, but online pre-registration is required. You can register here. Childcare will not be provided, but PIC will offer a limited number of childcare stipends for parents to obtain childcare to attend this event.
- Special Olympics Delaware Summer Games – June 10-11
Opening Ceremony begins at 12:30 p.m. on June 10 at the Bob Carpenter Center, 631 S. College Ave., Newark. Athletes and unified partners compete in six sports – aquatics, bocce, powerlifting, softball, tennis, and track and field – over the two-day event. In addition to the competitions, athletes have the opportunity to spend the night with their teams in the dormitories and enjoy the activities in Olympic Village at the Family Picnic on Friday evening. Visit the Summer Games' website for more information about the event.
- DFRC Blue-Gold All Star Football Game – June 18
Senior football players from throughout the state, selected based on their football skill as well as leadership and personal characteristics, will play in this year’s 61st annual DFRC Blue-Gold football game. Many of the all-star participants have taken part in the game’s Hand-in-Hand program, which paired participants with “buddy” students from the community who have intellectual disabilities. Participants and buddies have attended parties, picnics and dances together in the months leading up to the game. Tickets for the game can be purchased on the DFRC website at the cost of $10 per general admission ticket and $8 per student/youth ticket. For more information about the event, and to find out other ways to get involved, visit the DFRC website.