Thought we would share this message with our friends and partners in celebration of International Day for Persons with Disabilities…
Statement attributable to the President of the General Assembly
United Nations, New York, 3 December 2013
Over 1 billion persons throughout our world are disabled. On this International Day, the global community has come together to promote awareness and mobilize support for the inclusion, at all levels, of all persons with disabilities.
Disabled people make up the largest and most disadvantaged minority in the world –nearly 15 percent of the world’s population. The majority of disabled persons across the globe are from developing countries. Many of them live in poverty, face discrimination, and are denied basic opportunities for growth.
On September 23 2013, under my leadership, the United Nations General Assembly convened the historic first-ever High-level Meeting on Disability and Development, and adopted a landmark outcome document aimed at creating a fully disabled-inclusive society as a part of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
This year under the theme “Break Barriers, Open Doors: for an inclusive society and development for all,” the international community is calling for a global effort to make physical environments, transportation and information accessible to everyone and to change attitudes that fuel stigmatization and discrimination. What the global community needs now are tools for action and change, in order to realize an inclusive society where everyone’s rights are protected and equal opportunities are supported.
I call on all Member States to move forward in this direction. The new landmark outcome document sets the vision beyond the Millennium Development Goals target date and underscores the need for disability-inclusive development strategies in the post-2015 setting. We must take aim at breaking down barriers and creating opportunities so that all human beings can live their lives to the fullest.
A free workshop for parents, caregivers, persons with autism, service providers and educators with speaker Dennis Debbaudt.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Center for Disabilities Studies, University of Delaware
461 Wyoming Road, Newark, DE 19711
Thursday, November 21, 2013, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Delaware State Fire School
1461 Chestnut Grove Road, Dover, DE 19904
Registration is FREE, but space is limited! To register for one of the above workshops, follow this link: http://bit.ly/1aym20D.
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The flu takes thousands of lives each year in the U.S. Avoid getting the flu or spreading it to others by getting your flu vaccination today. The vaccine is the best protection against flu this season and everyone over the age of 6 months should get the vaccine each year.
The Delaware Division of Public Health holds seasonal flu shot clinics. These clinics are are intended for those who have no healthcare provider or whose insurance does not cover flu and pneumonia vaccinations. If you are covered, please see your healthcare provider.
Also, the New Castle County Farmers Market is giving free flu vaccinations for anyone age 9 years and above on October 11, 2013.
110 N. Dupont Hwy.
New Castle, De 19720 from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
For information on vaccine in your area, go to www.flu.Delaware.gov
Call 1-800-282-8672 for more information about flu vaccinations.
Call 302-283-7300 for more information about the New Castle County Farmers Market event.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
2:00 p.m. ET – 3:00 p.m. ET
Susan Parish, Director of the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University will review the Women Be Healthy project and test results. The Women Be Healthy project helps women with intellectual disabilities to better express their health concerns to their physician, and to be more prepared regarding their health and their bodies. To register for this webinar, follow this link:
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
12:00 p.m. ET – 1:30 p.m. ET
This webinar will focus on interdisciplinary and interagency collaboration in supporting self-determined transition of youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities to adulthood and community life. Topics addressed in this webinar will include: health, postsecondary education, community living, cultural contexts, and interagency collaboration. To register for this webinar, follow this link:
The health insurance reform law is changing things in Delaware. Starting October 1st, 2013 the Health Insurance Marketplace opens and you can start shopping!
Choose Health Delaware is the state’s free official resource to help explain the Health Insurance Marketplace to everyone.
The Affordable Care Act and People with Disabilities
The Affordable Care Act has many provisions that will impact people with disabilities. The American Association of People with Disabilities has outlined the major features on their website at http://www.aapd.com/resources/fact-sheets/health-reform-people-with-disabilities.html.
Why should you get health insurance?
-Beginning 2014, the Affordable Care Act requires all individuals, including individuals with disabilities to have health insurance unless they are eligible for health care through government programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Affairs or military service.
-If you are injured or become ill, medical care can save or seriously improve your life.
-Staying healthy matters more than ever when you have a family. You want to keep yourself healthy and make sure you’re around for your children for years to come.
-The health insurance reform law makes sure that paying for insurance does not take up too much of your monthly income.
-Health insurance provides preventative care, which helps keep health issues from turning into major problems.
How the Health Insurance Marketplace works?
Go online to ChooseHealthDE.com and answer a few basic questions about your income and occupation. From there you will be presented with different plans and the option to choose the plan that suits you best.
To learn more about the Health Insurance Marketplace, visit
or call the 24/7 helpline to contact a Marketplace Guide
1.800.318.2596 TTY: 1.855.889.4325
Thursday, September 5th at Modern Maturity Center, Dover
Are you prepared for the coming hurricane season? September is the National Preparedness Month, so Independent Resources, Inc. (IRI), is partnering with the Modern Maturity Center; the Delaware Citizen Corps, Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA); the University of Delaware Center for Disabilities Studies; and the Division of Public Health to hold an Emergency Preparedness community workshop onThursday, September 5, 2013 at the Modern Maturity Center at 1121 Forrest Ave. in Dover, Delaware. The workshop will start at 9:00 A.M. and end at 12:00 A.M., and is free and open to the public. Continental breakfast will be served.
Participants are encouraged to register in advance by calling Independent Resources, Inc., at 302-735-4599 or Modern Maturity Center at 302-734-1200. Free gifts will be given to the first 100 participants. [READ MORE]
The Disability and Health Data System (DHDS) is a CDC data tool that provides disability-specific information on over 70 health and demographic indicators available by disability status for adults 18 years of age and older. New updates to DHDS include 2011 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data, new single year indicators by demographics groups, new p-values for each disparity estimate, and improved indicator names.
Access DHDS at http://dhds.cdc.gov/.
Users can view data in State Profiles in addition to maps and data tables. State Profiles allow users to view several pieces of health information simultaneously by topic area for their state. Users can view disability data for their health topic across all 50 states, three territories and District of Columbia to compare differences between adults with and without disabilities.
Public Health Programs can use DHDS to raise awareness of health disparities experienced by people with disabilities in order to inform program and policy initiatives aimed at improving the health of people with disabilities. Public health programs can find data on a range of health indicators for their state or program areas and compare the health of adults with and without disabilities. DHDS can provide public health programs with the data needed to help include people with disabilities in your programs, policies and practices. Public officials can get good data to better understand the health gaps that exist between adults with and without disabilities. DHDS can provide data on a range of health indicators for a single state through state profiles. DHDS can also be used to help support the development of data-driven, fiscally-responsible programs, services, and policies that include people with disabilities.
A training program for caregivers of people with disabilities and frail elders
The Center for Disabilities Studies and the Delaware Division of Public Health will be holding five trainings for caregivers of people with disabilities throughout Delaware this June. Direct support professionals, group home staff, family members of individuals with disabilities and dental hygienists are invited to attend. Caregivers will learn about:
- The causes of oral health problems.
- Daily mouth care.
- Creating conditions for oral health success.
- Maintaining a healthy mouth in people with disabilities.
There is no fee for this training, but pre-registration is required. Register now: http://bit.ly/11zAe8O. Lunch will be served for the daytime sessions, and dinner will be served for the evening sessions. See dates and locations below.
Registration is required for this training. Please follow this link and complete the form:
http://bit.ly/11zAe8O. You will receive a confirmation email prior to the event. If you need assistance registering, or have questions, please contact Kara Magane at firstname.lastname@example.org or 302-831-0140.
Thursday, June 20, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Clayton Hall, University of Delaware
100 David Hollowell Drive, Newark, DE 19716
Friday, June 21, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Delaware Technical and Community College, Stanton Campus
400 Stanton-Christiana Road, Newark, DE 19713
Tuesday, June 25, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Delaware Technical and Community College, Terry Campus
100 Campus Drive, Dover, DE 19904
Thursday, June 27, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Delaware Technical and Community College, Owens Campus
18800 Seashore Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947
Friday, June 28, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
11 SE Front Street, Milford, DE 19963
Please let us know if you will need accommodations for this training (e.g., sign language interpreter, Spanish interpreter, large print text, etc.). We will be happy to make these arrangements for you!
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We are offering a series of opportunities for individuals with disabilities and caregivers to share their experience with accessing health care in Delaware.
The Center for Disabilities Studies at the University of Delaware is collaborating with the Department of Health and Social Services to improve the health of people with disabilities in Delaware. With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we are conducting a statewide needs assessment of adults and children with disabilities. The findings from this process will help guide improvements in the delivery of care.
We are interested in the positive and negative experiences you have had in establishing a relationship with a doctor, in using facilities and equipment, in paying for care, and in living a healthy lifestyle.
We will be hosting a series of meetings around the state to meet with people to capture their stories. The date, time, and location of each meeting can be found below:
- Wednesday, April 24, 5 to 7 p.m.
Georgetown Public Library
123 West Pine Street, Georgetown, DE
- Monday, April 29, 6 to 8 p.m.
Delaware Technical Community College-Dover
Corporate Training Center (Bldg 400), Room 400B
100 Campus Drive, Dover, DE
- Tuesday, April 30, 6 to 8 p.m.
Delaware Technical Community College-Wilmington
Conference Room A
333 Shipley Street, Wilmington, DE
To schedule your session, please contact Kara Magane at 302-831-0140 or email@example.com.
For those who cannot attend the community meetings, there is an online survey that people can use to share their experiences. The survey can be found at: