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The organizational structure of the Center for Disabilities Studies changed in 2009-2010. Instead of a single unit dedicated to adult services initiatives, there are three different units that offer services to adults and, in some cases, to other age groups. These units are Health and Wellness; Transition Education Employment Model (TEEM); and Assistive Technology (AT).

 

Health and Wellness

The Health and Wellness unit includes all health-related projects, allowing for better coordination of the Center’s increasing activity in this area. This unit brings together Healthy Delawareans with Disabilities (HDWD), , health care transition efforts, and other health-related projects, including Family SHADE and Emergency Preparedness. Health and Wellness initiatives are not limited to servicing adults. More...

 

Transition Education Employment Model (TEEM)

 

TEEM projects use a person-centered approach to offer persons with disabilities a comprehensive set of services, supports, and opportunities that will enable them to develop the skills needed to increase their independence, lead productive lives, and participate in the community as adults. TEEM provides opportunities for persons with disabilities to increase self-esteem, acquire life skills, develop effective communication, obtain vocational and job skills, enhance interpersonal relationships, enjoy social leisure activities, practice money management, and strengthen problem-solving abilities. TEEM has several components, including: Swank, Employment Services, Pathways for Life, and the Career and Life Studies Certificate (CLSC) program. More...

 

Assistive Technology (AT)

Anything that makes a task easier to complete is assistive technology (AT). The Delaware Assitive Technology Initiative (DATI) is a major part of the Center's AT efforts. CDS also is involved in several other projects to bring AT to people of all ages to give them access to the tools they need to live life more fully.  More...