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

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.

FEMA Webinar Series: Emergency Management and Preparedness – including People with Disabilities

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has partnered with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) National Network, let by the Pacific ADA Center, to offer monthly webinars.  Webinars will provide an opportunity for emergency managers, people with disabilities, first responders, planners, community organizations, and other community partners to exchange knowledge and information on promising practices in inclusive emergency preparedness for the whole community.  Topics will relate to emergency preparedness, disaster response, recovery and mitigation, as well as accessibility and reasonable accommodations under the ADA.

The first webinar in the series will be:

Effective Communications for Deaf and Hard of Hearingsign language2

October 9, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.

This session, presented by Candice Alder, Outreach Consultant for the Colorado Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, will explore how effective communication provisions of the ADA apply in emergency situations.  What happens when interpreters aren’t available?  What technologies are important to incorporate during the notification, sheltering, and evacuation and recovery stages?  Implementation and culturally affirmative communication strategies will also be discussed.  Best practices solutions and compliance strategies to provide greater access for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing will be discussed.

To register for this webinar, click the following link, or you may copy and paste it into your web browser:

For more information, including a complete list of monthly webinars, follow the link below:

Real Stories – Special Needs and Emergency Preparedness


September is Preparedness Month. Preparing for a disaster before it strikes is essential for all families. For families that include children with special needs, the challenges can be even greater. Read these stories of how real families and caregivers responded to such challenges, and what they learned in the process. 

Overcoming Obstacles to Oral Health

A training program for caregivers of people with disabilities and frail elders

Thursday, August 28, 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon.

 The Center for Disabilities Studies at the University of Delaware
461 Wyoming Road, Newark DE 19716

The Center for Disabilities and the Delaware Division of Public Health will be offering a training for caregivers of people with disabilities.  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.  Continuing education credit may be available.

Register online at:

For questions or to register by phone, please contact Bhavana Viswanathan at or 302-831-8374.


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!


Funding for this program is provided by the Delaware Division of Public Health Bureau of Oral Health and Dental Services.

Free communications technology and training for people with combined hearing and vision loss

Learn how Delawareans with both hearing and vision loss may qualify for free assistive technology and training that’s available through the federal iCanConnect program.

August 7, 2014, noon to 1 p.m.
Center for Disabilities Studies, Room 132
461 Wyoming Road, Newark

Presenters Sonja Rathel and Karen Latimer of the Center for Disabilities Studies and Melodye May of the Delaware Division for the Visually Impaired will discuss eligibility guidelines and demonstrate how iCanConnect can help its beneficiaries do everything from make a phone call and text to send email and access the Internet.

iCanConnect is part of the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program. It is administered in Delaware by the Center for Disabilities Studies. Project partners include the Delaware Division for the Visually Impaired, the Delaware Program for Children with Deaf-Blindness, and the Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative.

Please register online or call Katie Hoffman at 302-831-3632.

Accommodations: Requested accommodations will be provided.

Brown bag lunch welcome. The program will start promptly at noon.

ARC webinar series focuses on health and disability

ARC Health Meet Webinar Series

Medical Diagnostics and Health Care Justice

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. (EDT)

Speakers: David Capozzi, Mary Lou Breslin, Rex Pace

Join this one- hour discussion on medical diagnostics and health care justice, with leaders from the US Access Board and the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund. Attendees will learn updates on the current medical diagnostics rule as well as how to educate others in their communities about health care provider misconceptions and stereotypes.

Register for this session.

For a complete listing of archived webinars in this series, visit the recorded session section of the ARC website.  For more information, contact Kerry Mauger at

Delaware State Health Improvement Plan: Comments Invited

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) wants your input on Delaware’s first State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP).
DPH recently worked with a broad spectrum of non-profit and medical provider partners to create a draft statewide health assessment. The assessment was then used to develop an improvement plan – goals for our most important health needs.
The process led to two priority goals:
·   To assure an infrastructure necessary to increase the adoption of healthy eating and active living; and
·   To improve access to mental health and substance abuse services and supports to include prevention, early intervention, and treatment for all Delawareans.
Efforts now will be devoted to building a work plan to address these two goals.
“The community members that worked on the State Health Improvement Plan should be congratulated for developing important goals that if implemented will significantly improve the health of Delawareans,” said Dr. Karyl Rattay, DPH director. “Now we need to make sure that progress is made toward implementing those goals.”
We invite comments on the SHIP through June 30, 2014. Comments can be provided by health providers and agencies, as well as the interested public. Visit  and scroll down to the “How Do I” Section or go directly to For questions, please call 302-744-4703.

Environmental Factors for Individuals with Disabilities

The American Public Health Association Disability Section will be conducting their third webinar in this series.  The purpose of these webinars is to promote learning, to provide an opportunity for students and Disability Section members to share their research throughout the year!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 2pm EST
Register at:
Once you have registered, you will receive an email with details about how to access the webinar.

This webinar will focus on Environmental Factors for Persons with Disabilities. The moderator of this webinar is Andy Imparato, JD. Andy is the Executive Director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) located in Silver Spring, MD, where he works to advance policy and practice through research, education, leadership, and services for and with individuals with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and communities.

Michaela Schenkelberg, MPH, is a doctoral student in Exercise Science at the University of South Carolina working in the Children’s Physical Activity Research Group. Her research is focused on physical activity promotion in preschoolers, and identifying the influences on physical activity of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Mara Nery-Hurwit, MS, is a doctoral student in Exercise and Sport Science, Movement Studies in Disability, and a master of Public Health student in Health Promotion and Health Behavior at Oregon State University. Her research primarily focuses on physical activity and health behavior interventions for adults with disabilities.

Natasha Spassiani, is a PhD Candidate in the Disability Studies Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is currently completing her dissertation, which is an exploratory case study examining the factors
associated with sustaining community-based health initiatives for people with intellectual/developmental disability (I/DD) living in group homes. Natasha’s research interests include health and community participation for people with I/DD and participatory action research because it ensures that people with I/DD are actively involved in the research process.

APHA Disability Section, hosted by: The ARC for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities