Delaware
This Executive Order reestablishes the state's Workforce Development Board, and requires that certain members come from organizations that provide competitive integrated employment for individuals with disabilities. It further tasks the Board with developing strategies to provide workforce investment activities, education and supportive services to individuals with disabilities.
This bill tasks the Employment First Oversight Commission with developing and implementing a plan to phase out subminimum wage employment that considers the needs of affected providers and employees with disabilities working at less than minimum wage.
This bill requires all state agencies to coordinate and collaborate to ensure that state programs, policies, procedures and funding support competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities.
This bill creates the Delaware Advance Scholarship Program, which provides grants to students with intellectual disabilities to help them pursue studies for a comprehensive certificate or degree at a Delaware institution of higher education.
This bill requires psychiatric hospitals to prepare a written continuing care plan for patients who are voluntarily or involuntary admitted, which includes a realistic assessment of the patient's post-discharge social, financial, vocational, housing and treatment needs, and which identifies available support services and provider linkages necessary for meeting those needs.
This bill establishes the Behavioral Health Planning and Advisory Council, which is tasked with conducting research, advising and advocating for adults and children with mental illnesses or emotional problems. The Council includes the Director of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.
This bill adds the Director of the Division for the Visually Impaired and the Director of the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health to the state's Employment First Oversight Commission.
This bill authorizes the Department of Education to perform a comprehensive, annual review of the delivery of special education services within the state's public school system, including the coordination and distribution of information on services available for children with disabilities that cross multiple state agencies.
This bill requires that discussions about employment options with children and parents during the IEP process are consistent with Delaware’s Employment First policy, and that progress made toward postsecondary goals in transition IEPs is reported with the same frequency as that for academic goals.
This bill establishes the Delaware Network for Excellence in Autism to provide training and technical assistance to state agencies, organizations and other private entities who provide services and support to individuals and families affected by Autism (including in the areas of education and vocational services).
This resolution creates a task force to study and make recommendations regarding statewide programs for the blind and visually impaired, including around postsecondary transition planning and programming.
This resolution establishes the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services Task Force (which includes a supported employment provider) to study and make recommendations regarding the policies, rules, structure and regulations of the Division.
These Centers provide students with academic support, enrichment, and school engagement through afterschool and summer programming, with a focus on college and career readiness (among other topics). The program targets students in high-poverty areas and is a collaboration between the University of Delaware's Center for Disability Studies and the Delaware Department of Education.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology needed for education, employment, and community living. Services include device demonstrations, reutilization, loans, and financing.
Operating Entity: University of Delaware, Center for Disability Studies
Entity Type: College / University
This program provides consultation and information for those receiving disability benefits, who need help understanding eligibility and the impact work may have on their benefits.
Operating Entity: Delaware Department of Labor, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: Delaware Department of Labor, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
CLSC is a postsecondary education program for students with intellectual disabilities. It provides students an opportunity to take college classes, engage in career development and independent living activities, and participate in campus life.
Operating Entity: University of Delaware, Center for Disability Studies
Entity Type: College / University
CAP helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving vocational rehabilitation or independent living services. This includes advising and informing individuals of their rights and providing advocacy services.
Operating Entity: United Cerebral Palsy of Delaware, Inc. (UCP)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program enables eligible individuals with disabilities to save money in a tax-exempt account that may be used for qualified disability expenses while keeping their eligibility for federally-funded, means-tested public benefits. Eligible expenses include education, employment training and support, and assistive technology.
Operating Entity: Delaware State Treasurer, Delaware Plans Management Board
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program serves high school students with disabilities to promote their movement from school to post-school activities. Services are offered in all 19 public school districts as well as at alternative and private high schools.
Operating Entity: Delaware Department of Labor, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps individuals with disabilities identify jobs in the community and provides the supports needed for individuals to succeed. Services include job coaching, goal setting, soft skills training, and organizing internships or volunteer positions.
Operating Entity: The Arc of Delaware
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
Easterseals assists people with disabilities in preparing for and obtaining work, including through skills and interest assessments, skills development trainings, and ongoing support.
Operating Entity: Easterseals - Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides emotional and informational support to the families of children with disabilities, including by matching parents with trained "Support Parents".
Operating Entity: Delaware Family Voices
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This financial empowerment program helps individuals with disabilities improve their financial well-being through confidential one-on-one financial coaching and certified SSI/SSDI benefit counseling. It is a partnership between ServiceSource Delaware and Stand By Me.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides a range of independent living services to people with disabilities at Centers for Independent Living across the state. Services include help connecting to local services, assistance with job searches, local transit skills training, assistive technology help, peer mentoring support, assistance with school-to-career transitions, self-advocacy help, and more.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This professional development and technical assistance initiative aims to increase the number of students with disabilities who enroll in, participate in, and complete CTE career pathways by bringing together diverse district-based teams together to research, analyze, and determine participation and performance gap root causes for students with disabilities in career pathways. It is a collaboration between the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity and the Delaware Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Social Services, among others.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program supports Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in 12 eastern states plus DC and two territories. Services include one-to-one consultations, trainings and webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, non-profit management tools, and more.
Operating Entity: Navigating Excellence Parent Center Assistance & Collaboration Team (NE-PACT)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. This includes helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development and partnering with professionals and policymakers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Parent Information Center of Delaware, Inc. (PIC)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program helps low-income teens and young adults with disabilities in Delaware prepare for work, find jobs, and succeed in the workplace. Services include career exploration and assessment, supported employment, benefits counseling, financial counseling, and assistive technology assistance.
Operating Entity: Delaware Health and Social Services (DHSS), Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program connects individuals with disabilities to mentors in the form of peer support workshops. The workshops are designed to provide a platform for brainstorming, problem solving, and sharing of concerns, successes, and ways to address issues.
Operating Entity: Independent Resources Inc. (IRI)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program connects people with mental illness to Peer Recovery Specialists, who provide support, mentoring, and advocacy to assist individuals in developing the skills they need to live an independent and productive life in the community.
Operating Entity: Mental Health Association in Delaware
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
Pre-ETS assist students with disabilities in identifying career interests and developing skills to be successful in the workplace. This includes five required activities: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, and instruction in self-advocacy.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides youth with disabilities the opportunity to experience the community through work-based learning, volunteer opportunities and recreation and leisure activities. The primary emphasis is on integrated community activities designed to promote employment readiness.
Operating Entity: Easterseals - Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides an array of workshops and webinars that can help teachers, paraprofessionals, parent liaisons, and other professionals better understand students with disabilities, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and 504 Plan process, and the procedural safeguards, laws, and regulations that define the delivery of special education services.
Operating Entity: Parent Information Center of Delaware, Inc. (PIC)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
Project SEARCH is a one-year transition-to-work program for students with significant disabilities that includes classroom instruction, career exploration, and internship rotations. It is a collaboration between local businesses, state agencies, local school systems, and other entities, and is offered at several locations.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program protects individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. This includes providing information and referrals, providing training and technical assistance to service providers, and conducting self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: Community Legal Aid Society, Inc.
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program enables individuals with disabilities to try out and select assistive devices that will help them maintain or improve independence and home safety. Through the Delaware Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, individuals can apply for low-interest loans to finance assistive technologies.
Operating Entity: Easterseals - Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides consultation and information for those receiving disability benefits, who need help understanding eligibility and the impact work may have on their benefits.
Operating Entity: ServiceSource Delaware
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program is designed to ensure deaf and hard of hearing students throughout the state have access to their educational environment, become confident self-advocates, and become active participants in their schools and communities. Services include transition planning consultations, professional development for school staff, educational interpreting, and more.
Operating Entity: Delaware School for the Deaf
Entity Type: Other
This program provides educational supports for students with disabilities who are beginning their first year of college in remedial courses, in order to increase community college attendance and success for those students. The program is a collaboration between the Delaware Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and Delaware Technical & Community College.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides technical assistance to Parent Centers, including strategies for reaching underserved families, on-site training and support, an annual conference, program evaluation, and consulting around the nonprofit management process.
Operating Entity: Region A: Navigating Excellence-Parent Assistance and Collaboration Team (NE-PACT)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program guides individuals with disabilities through the process of applying for a lower interest loan to purchase assistive technology needed for work.
Operating Entity: Easterseals - Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
The PACT program provides students opportunities to develop and enhance employment, independent living, and functional academic skills. Students have the opportunity to participate on school- and community-based work crews.
Operating Entity: Indian River School District, Howard T. Ennis Educational Services
Entity Type: Other
This program helps students with disabilities develop employment and independent living skills. Students receive consultation on their post-graduation transition plans and have an opportunity to work in the Indian River Eagle Company, which is an on-site silk screening and embroidery shop.
Operating Entity: Howard T. Ennis School
Entity Type: Other
This program trains individuals who are blind or visually impaired to effectively use assistive technology in employment, educational settings after high school, or community living. Training is provided in agency-run computer labs and, when necessary, at the client's workplace or other facility.
Operating Entity: Delaware Health and Social Services (DHSS), Division for the Visually Impaired
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program assists high school students with disabilities in their transitions to postsecondary instruction or employment.
Operating Entity: Independent Resources Inc. (IRI)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program help out-of-school and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment (including having a disability) prepare for and secure employment and postsecondary education opportunities. Services include tutoring; work experiences; occupational skills training; leadership development opportunities; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps individuals with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits make informed choices about work and make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Operating Entity: Full Circle Employment Solutions
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
The Delaware Department of Education's COVID-19 homepage includes a list of learning activities for special education during distance learning. This list includes both learning resources for students with disabilites and State-level policies for schools and educators adjusting special education services to a distance learning evironment.
Operating Entity: Delaware Department of Education
Delaware created a comprehensive list of resources for districts and schools to better provide equitable access to all students during distance learning. It covers topics such as accessibility, teletherapy, and planning for educational adjustments related to distance learning. This document also includes guiding questions to assist families in creating the best possible distance learning atmosphere for students with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Delaware Department of Education
Delaware provides an FAQ document that includes information pertaining to IEPs and summer school sessions for special education. It includes links to virtual college and career preparation services during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as guidelines for which students with disabilities would most benefit from summer school additional education services.
Operating Entity: Delaware Department of Education