No matter how big this section gets there will always be room for additional information about life. In Delaware and across the nation there are many organizations that assist individuals with disabilities.
Our toolkit contains helpful information from a variety of sources to assist you as you grow and develop into an adult. Some of the topics include: being a self-advocate, managing your finances, People First language, developing your sexuality, sports, voting, working with your legislators, a guide to success and much more.
Abuse and Bullying
- Abuse of People with Disabilities – Families Speak Out Survey of Abuse.
- Bullying: The Complete Resource Guide – stopbullying.com.
- Child Abuse Effects – Darlene Barriere's website.
- Child Physical Abuse Fact Sheet – National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).
- Create Your Family Safety Plan – Stop It Now.
- Delaware Anti-Bullying Efforts – Delaware Attorney General.
- Delaware Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting – DSCYF.
- Delaware Child Abuse Intervention – DSCYF.
- Delaware Child Abuse Parent Handbook – DSCYF Spanish
- Delaware Child Protection Registry – DSCYF.
- Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and Families – DSCYF.
- Delaware Office Of The Child Advocate – Delaware State Courts.
- Domestic Violence Coordinating Council – DVCC.
- Emergency Phone Number List
- Facts About Bullying – stopbullying.gov.
- How to Report Child Abuse – DDFS.
- Help Your Child Recognize the Signs of Bullying – Pacer's.
- Intellectual Disabilities and Sexual Violence – ARC.
- National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- National Bullying Prevention Center – Pacer's site for parents, educations and students.
- National Network to End Domestic Violence
- National Sexual Violence Resource Center
- I See The Signs – DSCYF.
- Prevent Child Abuse – PCA Delaware.
- Prevent Child Abuse America
- Preventing Violence Abuse and Neglect – Disability Scoop.
- Questions and Answers about Child Physical Abuse – NCTSN.
- RAINN National Network Website – Rape, Abuse, Incest, National Network.
- Restraints and Seclusion in Delaware Schools Fact Sheet
- Safe Arms for Babies – Are you pregnant and feeling scared? Thinking about abandoning your baby? Now, there's help. It's safe, legal, and completely anonymous. Call 1-800-262-9800.
- Sexual Abuse of Children with Disabilities – A National Snapshot.
- Sexual Abuse Prevention Resources – Stop It Now.
- Sexual Abuse Warning Signs – Stop It Now.
- Stomp Out Bullying – Children with disabilities are at increased risk of bullying.
- Stop Bullying – Government site that discusses cyber bullying, bullying and prevention, with resources.
- Survivors Of Abuse In Recovery – SOAR.
- Teen Breaks – Sexual Abuse?
- Teens Health - Date Rape Article
- Teens Health - How Can I Help a Friend who was Raped? Article
- Teens Health - Sexual Harassment and Sexual Bullying Article
- Teens Health - Rape Article
- The Children's Advocacy Center of Delaware
- The Risk and Prevention of Maltreatment of Children with Disabilities – Child Welfare Information Gateway.
- Think of The Child First- Parent Handbook – DSCYF [Spanish]
- Victims with Disabilities – National District Attorneys Association.
- When A Child Tells You About Sexual Abuse – Stop It Now.
Adaptive & Assistive Technology
Adaptive and Assistive Technology vary but, for your convenience we have group them together under the categories below:
- Adapted Vehicles – National Highway Traffic Safety Admin. (NHTSA).
- Infinitec – Vehicle Modifications.
- Kenguru Car – The Kenguru car is the first electric vehicle designed for wheelchair users. The maximum speed is 45 mph.
- American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.
- Aim Delaware – Project that ensures children with print disabilities in Delaware public schools have access to accessible instructional materials.
- Bookshare – A Benetech Initiative - Customized reading for people with disabilities.
- Braille Books in Spanish – BraiBooks.
- Braille Edge 40 – High performance refreshable braille displays by HIMS that helps you read computer screens by converting text to braille.
- BrainPort Technologies – Visual aids that translate digital information from a wearable video camera to gentle electrical stimulation patterns on the tongue to aid profoundly blind patients in orientation, mobility and object recognition.
- Dot Watch – Bluetooth braille watch can tell time, check social media, use GPS, control your smart home, connects with your cell phone and more.
- Dancing Dots – Accessible Music for Blind & Low Vision Performers, courses and training.
- Electronic Glasses for the Blind – eSight.
- Enhanced Vision – Accessible products for the visually impaired by Vispero Brand.
- Irie AT – Technology for the visually impaired to use at home: Braille embossers, note takers, portable devices, smart phones, computer screen magnification and tactile graphics viewers and drawing tablets.
- IrisBond – Eye tracking systems that can speak and write through a synthesizer for individuals with a spinal cord injury, paraplegia or ALS.
- Learning Ally – For those cannot read standard print. Offers more than 75,000 digitally recorded textbooks and literature titles for download. Formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic.
- Lesson Pix – Custom learning materials for parents and teachers.
- National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials (AEM) – Excellent info for educators and families on getting AIM for students with visual impairments, blindness, or other print disabilities.
- Orcam – Wearable artificial intelligence to give independence for the visually impaired.
- Perkins School for the Blind eLearning
Advocacy & Information
Agencies and Organizations
- Autism Delaware – Autism Delaware has grown to become a strong advocate for the autism community and provides services and resources for families.
- Best Buddies Delaware – Dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) – A national organization that examines policy issues by developing appropriate responses for government lawmakers at all levels. They also monitor and make recommendations on regulatory and funding issues and maintain a network across the country for influencing policy.
- Delaware Autism Network – Training, technical assistance and family support.
- Delaware Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC) – Working to ensure that people with developmental disabilities enjoy the same quality of life as the rest of society.
- Delaware Division of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDDS) – The Division of Developmental Disabilities Service's mission is aligned with the vision and the Department of Health and Social Service's mission to improve the quality of life for Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.
- Delaware Division for the Visually Impaired (DVI) – DVI works to strengthen the capacity of our agency, our consumers and the community so that those who are blind and visually impaired may become and/or remain, employed, independent and self-sufficient.
- Delaware Family Voices – Supporting families and children with special needs.
- Delaware State Council for Persons with Disabilities (SCPD) – The mission of the State Council for Persons with Disabilities is to unite, in one Council, disability advocates and State agency policy makers to ensure that individuals with disabilities are empowered to become fully integrated within the community.
- Family SHADE – Delaware's Family SHADE is a collaborative alliance of family partners and organizations committed to improving the quality of life for children and youth with special health care needs, and their caregivers.
- Governor's Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens – The Council provides leadership to improve the lives of exceptional citizens of all ages.
- Helen Keller National Center
- The Helen Keller National Center provides information for youth and young adults who are deaf-blind. Information about training for employment and independent living is available, along with general information about deaf-blindness.
- Institute for Community Inclusion – Supports the rights of children and adults with disabilities to participate in all aspects of the community.
- Mid-Atlantic ADA Center – Established to provide training, information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to businesses, consumers, schools and state and local governments.
- National Youth Leadership Network – The national voice for young leaders with disabilities.
- Parent Information Center of Delaware (PIC) – This organization gives parents and caregivers of children with disabilities or special needs easy access to quality, useful and relevant information along with training and resources to advance a child's developmental and educational outcome.
- Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) – Advocates for equal rights.
- Transition Coalition – Providing online information, support, and professional development on topics related to the transition from school to adult life for youth with disabilities.
Extracurricular Activity Resources
Service & Support Animals