Accessibility Options

Contact Information

Center for Disabilities Studies
University of Delaware
461 Wyoming Road
Newark DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-6974
TDD: 302-831-4689

All you need to do is ask..

Another Upcoming Training!

Maximizing Access: Smart Choices in Equipment and Facility Design

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A training program for health professionals

This 1.5 hour training focuses on providing background and strategies that will help providers to improve access to health services and programs for people with disabilities. The session will:

Describe health disparities among persons with disabilities.

  • Identify barriers to health services with a focus on physical/architectural barriers.
  • Explain the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards for access to services for persons with disabilities.
  • Differentiate between ADA & Universal Design.
  • Examine the usability of medical equipment with respect to mobility and sensory issues which occur with age and disability.
  • This activity has been designated for 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Thursday, June 25, 2015
8:30 a.m. (check-in at 8:00 a.m.)
Adams State Service Center, 544 South Bedford Street, Georgetown, DE

Our Instructor:Debra Young, M.Ed., OTR/L, SCEM, ATP, CAPS
Debra Young is an award-winning certified specialist in environmental
modifications, aging in place, and assistive technology.

There is no fee for this training, but pre-registration is required.
Register now:
If you have questions, please contact Bhavana Viswanathan at or 302-831-8374.

To download a PDF flyer with information regarding this training, please click here.

This training is part of a series:

  • Disabilities 101: Strategies for Being Welcoming and Accommodating
  • Maximizing Access: Smart Choices in Equipment and Facility Design
  • Ensuring Effective Communication to Meet ADA Guidelines

To learn more about these trainings, or to schedule one at your site, please visit:

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Medical Society of Delaware and the University of Delaware, Center for Disability Studies. The Medical Society of Delaware is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Medical Society of Delaware designates this live continuing medical education activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. It is the policy of the Medical Society of Delaware to comply with the ACCME Standards for Commerical Support of Continuing Medical Education. In keeping with these standards, all faculty participating in continuing medical education provided by the Medical Society of Delaware are expected to disclose to the activity audience any real or apparent conflicts of interest related to the content of their presentation. Joint providership of CME by MSD in no way implies endorsement of any product or service. This activity is not supported by commercial funding.

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Respite Summit 2015

Calling all caregivers, legislators, employers, and other stakeholders who have ideas,  questions, or concerns about the future of  respite in Delaware! At the 2015 Respite Summit, you’ll have the chance to help plan and shape how Delaware approaches respite care. Please help us take the first steps towards developing a respite sustainability plan.  

Wednesday May 27, 2015 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Outlook at Duncan Center
500 W. Loockerman Street
Dover, DE 19904   Lunch is included. To register for this free event, visit 

Register now.

What is respite?

Respite is different for everyone:

-It could be a date night with your  significant other

-Lunch with a good friend

-Or simply sitting outside and   reading a book in the fresh air

If it helps you relax, it’s respite.



8:30 Coffee/networking 

9:00-9:10 Ken Sklenar, Easter Seals CEO welcome 

9:10-9:20 Lisa Bond, DSAAPD welcome 

9:20-9:30 Nancy Ranalli, Easter Seals/DLRCN 

9:30-10:15 Caregiver stories: hear the experiences of three caregivers from across the lifespan 

10:15-10:30 Break 

10:30-11:00 Respite from the national perspective – Jill Kagan, Program Director, ARCH National Respite 

11:00-11:45 Breakout I: workgroups will discuss what respite exists; what works; barriers to respite and the “ideal” respite system 

11:45-12:30 Report back: workgroups summarize their discussions and report to the larger group 

12:30-1:30 Lunch – provided 

1:30-2:00 Respite from the local perspective – Lisa Bond, Deputy Director, DSAAPD 

2:00-3:00 Breakout II: workgroups will discuss other partners needed; other models/services needed; possible funding and how to get to “ideal” 

3:00-3:45 Report back: workgroups summarize their discussions and report to the larger group 

3:45-4:00 Questions/next steps/wrap up


Lunch will be provided.

If you have questions, please call Keara English at 302-221-2087.   In partnership with ARCH National Respite Network and the Administration for Community Living.

Physical Activity Is for Everybody

dreamstimesmall_1373599Please join the Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD), the National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability (NCHPAD), and Special Olympics for a webinar on May 18th from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

A truly inclusive community is one in which health promotion activities are as accessible to people with disabilities as they are to people without disabilities. Physical activity can provide individuals with disabilities the strength and stamina required to participate in all aspects of life actively and successfully – it also benefits all adults, whether or not they have a disability, by reducing their risk of serious chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some cancers.

This webinar will feature how organizations, dedicated  to the well-being of people with disabilities have  built  upon the message: Physical activity is for everybody and  encouraged people with disabilities to  be physically active.

Link to register below:

Please Note:

  • There is NO cost to attend.
  • For disability accommodations email or call 301-588-8252 a minimum of five days in advance.

Hurricane Season Preparedness Symposium for People with Disabilities, Caregivers and Service Providers





Hosted by  Delmarva Power, University of Delaware Center for Disabilities Studies, New Castle County Office of Emergency Management, FEMA and Lowe’s Home Improvement Store of Newark.

Friday, May 15, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 

University of Delaware STAR Campus, Health Sciences Complex, 540 S. College Avenue, Newark, DE


The free Symposium will provide valuable emergency preparedness information for the upcoming 2015 Hurricane Season. The preparedness messages, in coordination with FEMA’s National Preparathon, will address power outage readiness, personal preparedness and generator safety.  The information will focus on the needs of  people with disabilities, caregivers, and service providers throughout Delaware.

New Castle County’s Office of Emergency Management will provide information about personal preparedness and the new Smart 9-1-1 system in NCC.  A live electrical safety demonstration by Delmarva Power and a generator safety demonstration by Lowe’s Home Improvement will be featured at the event. Delmarva energy advisors, customer care representatives, and human resource managers will be on-site to share information about new money saving, energy efficient opportunities and employment opportunities at Delmarva Power for persons with disabilities. UD’s CDS staff will provide information about their new emergency preparedness website, mobile app and preparedness helpline.

Please share this information with others who may wish to attend.  Thank you!

Questions? Contact Phyllis Guinivan at or 302-831-7464

2015 Recreation Info Updated








Is your child searching for something fun to do this summer? Concerned some camps might not be accessible or the best “fit” for your child?  Well, look no further! A variety of summer camps in the local tri-state area cater to the needs of a diverse range of children, including children with disabilities. Explore the vast array of experiences available this summer at the link below to see if one is the right choice for your child. Fun, sun, and lasting memories await!

Your Input Is Needed! Participate in a Needs Assessment Survey about CYSHCN

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The Delaware Division of Public Health is conducting a survey of parents and caregivers of children and youth (0-25 years of age) with special health care needs. This survey hopes to find out about your children’s health care needs, and your experiences with the services that are available to support those needs.

DPH wants to ensure that parents of children and youth with special health care needs have access to support services, especially as it relates to health. This includes children with conditions like asthma, sickle cell disease, autism, attention deficit disorder, depression, allergies and many others. Your input is critical to improving health and services for children like yours in our community.

Your participation in this survey is voluntary. The survey is completely anonymous, all results will be grouped, and NO personal identifying information will be collected.

You are free to decline any question you do not wish to answer.  The survey should take between 15 and 20 minutes online. The online survey will close on April 14, 2015. We hope that you will be able to find a few minutes to complete the survey!


Links in English and Spanish below


English version:


Spanish version:

Webinar: Linking Children with Special Healthcare Needs to Dental Providers

The Linking Children with Special Healthcare Needs to Dental Providers webinar will take place on Wednesday, February 18 at 1:00 pm ET and is sponsored by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  This webinar will address the challenges children with special healthcare needs often face in finding a dentist and the role the Insure Kids Now (IKN) Dental Locator can play in facilitating access.  Included in the discussion will be CMS guidelines for collecting and reporting IKN Dental Locator special needs data and highlighting best practices.  Please click to register for this webinar.

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC):  Products and resources in support of children with special health care needs, developed and supported by the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC), can be found at the following links:

Delaware Programs to Reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality

The Delaware Cancer Consortium has brought together all the important information about cancer into one easy place. By visiting, individuals can learn how to stay healthy—including when to get cancer screenings—and employers, doctors, and other health care providers and cancer consortium members can find resources they need.

Click on the badge below to visit the website and learn more!


October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month!

The Division of Human Development and Disability at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is highlighting a personal story about Justin’s experiences as a person with a disability.  Justin supports the Division as a Health Communications Specialist with Carter Consulting, Inc.  The personal story chronicles his challenges and barriers that he has faced as a man living with a disability.  His story also serves as a reminder that health and employment are connected.  To read his personal story, visit .


Justin’s colleagues put an emphasis on making him feel comfortable and respected as a member of a diverse and productive workforce.