March 13: CDS Lunchtime Learning

Talk examines high-risk behaviors of students with and without disabilities

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11:27 a.m., Feb. 21, 2012--Did you know that students with learning disabilities or physical disabilities are more than twice as likely to report having been bullied and threatened at school? They are also 50 percent more likely to report tobacco use and almost 50 percent more likely to report binge drinking.

Roberta Gealt, associate scientist at the Center for Drug and Alcohol Studies at the University of Delaware, will present these and other research findings from the Delaware School Survey and the Delaware Youth Risk Behavior Survey at the next Center for Disabilities Studies Lunchtime Learning session on Tuesday, March 13, from noon to 1 p.m. Her talk is titled “Examining Data from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey Regarding High-Risk Behaviors of Students With and Without Disabilities.”

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The surveys on adolescent behaviors relate to the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and the consequences associated with their use. In addition to examining the data from the surveys, Gealt, formerly a special education teacher, will discuss how the data are used by Delaware government agencies, professionals and community groups to access resources, plan prevention and intervention efforts, and evaluate policies, practices and programs.

The Lunchtime Learning session will be held at the Center for Disabilities Studies, 461 Wyoming Road, Newark. The program is free and open to the public; however, reservations are requested. Contact Meredith Cooke at mercooke@udel.edu or 302-831-3632 and indicate if you need an accommodation. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch. Water and snacks will be served.

About the Center for Disabilities Studies

The Center for Disabilities Studies at the University of Delaware supports the well-being, inclusion and empowerment of people with disabilities and their families. The mission of the center is to enhance the lives of individuals and families through education, prevention, service and research related to disabilities. 

CDS promotes independence and productivity so individuals and families can fully participate in the life of their communities in Delaware and beyond. 

For further information, visit the center's website or call 302-831-6974.

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