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

About the project

About the project

Twenty-two percent of Delawareans report having a disability that prevents them from doing things they want to do (BRFSS 2010). For some people with disabilities, getting quality health care is not always within reach. If you have a disability or care for a person with a disability, you may face barriers to: getting primary health care, or access to dental check-ups or preventive screenings such as a mammogram, colonoscopy, pap smears or prostate exams, or creating an accessible exercise routine, or getting nutrition information that is suited for you.

The Healthy Delawareans with Disabilities (HDWD) is charged with working to improve the health status of people with disabilities in Delaware. The project is a cooperative agreement between the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Center for Disabilities Studies (CDS) at the University of Delaware (UD), and a partnership with the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services. This program focuses on improving the health of Delawareans with disabilities through state-based public health programs. In 2009 the project staff and Advisory Council developed HDWD: A Plan for Action. A Strategic Plan for Delaware to Promote Health and Prevent Secondary Health Conditions in Individuals with Disabilities that will guide planning for and implementation of health related activities, programs, and services for individuals with disabilities in Delaware.

Our Mission

To act as a catalyst for systems change to make health & wellness programs more accessible and inclusive.

Our Vision

All individuals with disabilities in Delaware will live active and healthy lives and will have the resources, supports, programs, and services necessary to do so.

Advisory Council

The HDWD Advisory Council consists of self-advocates, parents, advocacy groups, and state-and community organizations dedicated to health promotion and wellness for people with disabilities. The Advisory Council is an important and integral part of the project and its members provide information, technical assistance, and expertise in health and disability-related areas. The council has more than 40 active members and meets to discuss health-and disability-related topics, needs, activities, and policies, and to plan and implement needed health promotion and prevention activities.


HDWD Areas of Expertise

Systems Change
We create systems-level change through active participation on state-wide councils, committees, and workgroups that address health and disability issues and the implementation of the goals and objectives of the Plan for Action: A Strategic Plan for Delaware to Promote Health and Prevent Secondary Health Conditions in Individuals with Disabilities. Read the plan online ( or contact HDWD for a copy of the plan.

Technical Assistance
We provide technical assistance to healthcare and fitness providers to improve accessibility and inclusion of individuals with disabilities.

Education and Training
We educate, share resources and information, and raise awareness about health topics through HDWD’s interactive website and email newsletters to individuals with disabilities, family members, professionals, policymakers, and legislators.

Additonal Focus Areas

  • Healthcare transition for young adults
  • Accessible recreation and fitness
  • Inclusive emergency preparedness

Learn more, take action offers information about living healthy with a disability. It is a resource for individuals with disabilities, their family members, and providers who work with people with disabilities in Delaware.

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