A Guide to Insurance And Health Care Programs for People With Disabilities
Info and tips for people with disabilities covered by private or public health care in Delaware.

All Ready Delaware
Emergency Readiness Planning Delawareans with Disabilities. This website will help you think through your personal needs in an emergency, and how to plan ahead for various situations. It will suggest action steps to develop your personal preparedness plan.

American Association of People with Disabilities
Promoting equal opportunity, economic power, independent living and political participation for people with disabilities.

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
The mission of the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is to protect and advance the rights of adults and children who have mental disabilities.

Birth to Three Early Intervention (Delaware)
Statewide, comprehensive, coordinated, multidisciplinary, interagency system that provides early intervention services and supports for infants and toddlers with disabilities and developmental delays and their families.

Brain Injury Association of Delaware
The Brain Injury Association of Delaware is an affiliate of the Brain Injury Association of America. We are a not-for-profit organization that focuses on providing support, education and advocacy to traumatic brain injury survivors, their families and caregivers throughout the state of Delaware and Salisbury, Maryland.

Center for Disabilities Studies
The mission of the Center for Disabilities Studies is to enhance the lives of individuals and families through education, prevention, service, and research related to disabilities. We promote independence and productivity so individuals and families can fully participate in the life of their communities in Delaware and beyond.

Children & Families First
Children & Families First helps families develop solutions to meet challenges and embrace opportunities.

Delaware Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC)
Your link to to aging and disability resources in the First State.

Delaware Citizens Corps: Disaster Preparedness Videos
Delaware Citizen Corps has produced a five part video series on disaster preparedness for the State of Delaware.

Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security
Provides information about the state police, emergency management services, and highway safety in the State of Delaware.

DFRC
DFRC is a well-respected Delaware foundation dedicated to raising funds and consciousness in support of programs that enrich the lives of Delawareans with intellectual disABILITIES. Established in 1956, the private, nonprofit organization is dedicated to identifying and funding programs based on community need. DFRC is well known for organizing the annual DFRC Blue-Gold All*Star Football Game among other events.

Delaware Housing Search
Delaware's free property listing service. It's fast and easy to use and includes detailed listings with pictures, maps, and more. Find everything from accessible homes to rentals and affordable homes for sale. Listings are updated daily.

Delaware Lifespan Respite Care Network
Our mission is to ensure that children and adults with disabilities or special needs and their caregivers will have easy access to quality, affordable respite care. We do this by providing information on respite services and providers as well as granting you financial assistance to help make respite possible.

Delaware Victims' Rights Task Force (DVRTF)
The DVRTF strives to improve the response to victims of violent crime, bring awareness to victim rights and support prevention efforts to end violence.

Disabilities Law Program
The Disabilities Law Program (“DLP”) is a special project of Community Legal Aid Society, Inc., which is designated by the Governor as the Protection and Advocacy agency in Delaware. The DLP provides advocacy services to Delaware residents with physical or mental disabilities. We prioritize our services based on federal agency guidance and needs identified by consumer and community groups.

Disability.gov
The U.S. federal government website for information on disability programs and services nationwide.

Down Syndrome Association of Delaware
A 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to be a resource promoting public awareness, education and advocacy supporting individuals with Down syndrome and their families.

Training Resource for Medical, Dental, and Nursing Students
(Association of University Centers on Disabilities)
In response to the Surgeon General's A Call to Action to Improve the Health and Wellness of Persons with Disabilities, the U.S. Office on Disability, in collaboration with the Department of Labor Office on Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), initiated a National Work Group to ensure that medical, nursing and dental students receive training in providing high quality care to patients with disabilities

Families and Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE)
Provides parents, educators, service providers, and policymakers with important national news and information related to improving educational outcomes for children with disabilities.

Family Voices
Family Voices aims to achieve family-centered care for all children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities. Throughout our national grassroots network, we provide families resources and support to make informed decisions, advocate for improved public and private policies, build partnerships among families and professionals, and serve as a trusted resource on health care.

Governor's Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens (GACEC)
GACEC provides leadership of exceptional citizens of all ages through advice and advocacy.

Hope Center of Delaware
Expand educational and social opportunities for our children who have unique needs through partnership with welcoming, inclusive, high quality educational, recreational and faith communities, social settings and professionals.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.
Infants and toddlers with disabilities (birth-2) and their families receive early intervention services under IDEA Part C. Children and youth (ages 3-21) receive special education and related services under IDEA Part B.

NAMI Delaware - National Alliance for the Mentally Ill

National Institute for Urban School Improvement

National Organization on Disibility

National Women's Health Information Center

Parent Information Center

PrepareDE

Special Needs Planning and Resources, LLC.
Planning for the future of your loved one with a disability.

Social Security - Disability Insurance Program

Social Security - Retirement Insurance Program

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Supporting families
Families are the core unit in our society, serving as a source of support for all its members. For people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) the role of family is unique, and often central in the support and care provided across the lifespan. Family members play key roles in identifying and securing opportunities for their family members to participate within their community in meaningful ways and ensuring access to self determined lives. Parents and other family members of people with I/DD often provide medical, behavioral, financial, and other daily supports beyond what most families provide. Yet, the vital role of families is not fully recognized and supported in disability policy and practice.

Tax Tips for People with Disabilities
The federal tax code includes a number of provisions that can ease the tax burden on people living with a disability. Some disability payments and benefits are free of income tax, while deductions and credits can reduce the taxes you do owe. These tax breaks aren't always obvious, though. You have to know where to look for them.

The Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD)

The ARC - The Capitol Insider Weekly News from "The Arc"

The Freedom Center for Independent Living

The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities

The Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities

Tips for First Responders
The Delaware Tips for First Responders mobile site was developed by the Center for Disabilities Studies at the University of Delaware for the purpose of supporting first responders and others who are assisting individuals with disabilities in times of crisis.

US Department of Labor

US Department of Transportation

USAspending.GOV - Government Spending At Your Finger Tips.

Women's with Disabilities Health Information

Delaware Department of Health and Social Services Policy memorandum Number 70: Inclusion
This policy was developed to prpovide uniform standards for inclulsive practices to be utilized to ensure the services offered by DHSS are provided in a manner that is as inclusive as possible.

"Rule Out Abuse" Campaign for Physicians
The Disability and Abuse Project is launching a "Rule Out Abuse" campaign for medical doctors. Dr. Nora Baladerian is spearheading the campaign after years of noticing that, when presented with patients with disabilities who have traditional symptoms associated with abuse, doctors generally do not consider such a diagnosis as a possibility to rule out. For Part 1 of the literature (an overview), click here. For Part 2 of the literature (detailed information), click here

Start Your Journey in Self-Advocacy!
The Art of Impact: A Handbook for Self-Determined Living”. Written by Dr. Scott Michael Robertson in conjunction with the Self-Advocate Leadership Circle of the NACDD, this publication is filled with resources, information and tips for successful advocacy. The accessible publication is available in multiple formats including PDF, e-reader and straight text and is available at "http://startyourjourney.org".

Changing Lives. Changing Policies.
The Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities released a new e-book called "Changing Lives. Changing Policies".

Community Living and Participation for Individuals with IDD
On July 24, the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) released a research paper titled, "Community Living and Participation for People withIntellectual and Developmental Disabilities: What the Research Tells Us." The paper addresses community living and participation for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It summarizes the research of the past 30 years and offers a set of recommendations for high quality community-based services and supports based on that research.


Delaware Lt. Governor, Matt Denn, and Deputy Attorney General, Patricia Dailey-Lewis, Release 1st Report on Public School Anti-Bullying Compliance. "Unfinished Business: Implementation by Delaware Public Schools of the State's 2012 Anti-Bullying Laws."

Restraint and Seclusion in Delaware Schools: Fact Sheet Restraints and Seclusions

Employment First National Resource List

A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities From Delaware Governor Jack Markell, National Governors Association Chair, 2012-2013

Information for Foster Care Parents from the DDC.