Junior Partners In Policymaking

Junior Partners in Policymaking

August 9-12, 10 am – 5 pm in Dover, DE

Deadline for applications  JUNE 1, 2021

Space is limited so register early!

A FREE program aimed at helping young adults ages 15-22 both with and without disabilities get involved in disability advocacy at the local, state, and national levels.

Students are taught valuable skills such as creating an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and how to develop public policy. 

Junior Partners in Policymaking is offered every other year since 2005. It was created by the Delaware Developmental Disabilities Council (DDDC). 

For additional information and frequently asked questions CLICK HERE.

Lunch and snacks provided.

Download the Brochure Here.

To submit your application online CLICK HERE.  You can also mail it in or fax it to:

The Delaware Developmental Disabilities Council

Attention: Stefanie Lancaster

Margaret O’Neil Building, Suite 2

410 Federal Street, Dover, DE 19901

Fax: 302-739-2015



Kent County Transition to Life Virtual Fair

The Amazing Race to Adulthood

Promoting Successful Transition Outcomes for All!!

March 30, 2021, from 4 to 6 pm

You MUST Register BEFORE  March 28th

Click Here to Register

  • A program booklet, which will list all of the participating service providers, will be sent out to those who have registered beginning on March 23rd.  
  • You will also receive an updated event program on March 29th with all of the event directions and Zoom links for the virtual transition fair.

This opportunity will provide information and resources to transitioning youth ages 14-21 years of age with IEP’s, and their families and caregivers to help plan for future employment, education/training, adult living and wellness.

4:00 to 4:30 ~ Keynote Speakers

4:30 to 6:00 ~ Opportunities to attend individual vendor Zoom Rooms to learn about the available resources and support services.  All from the comfort of your home.  

For all preregistered attendees there will be a raffle with door prizes!


For additional information contact

Kathi Stephan: kathleen.stephan@capital.k12.de.us

Kyle Hill: kyle.hill@cr.k12.de.us

L. Christy Betts: lisa.betts@capital.k12.de.us 

Covid Vaccine Webinar for People with Disabilities

The University of Delaware (UD) Center for Disabilities Studies (CDS) will host a webinar to talk about Delaware’s COVID vaccine administration plan, and how people with disabilities can get a vaccine.

The webinar will be held on February 24th at Noon.

Presenting at this FREE Center for Disabilities Studies webinar are experts in public health and the allocation of vaccines to vulnerable populations:

Jennifer Horney, Founding Director, and Professor, UD Epidemiology Program

Coury Nourie, Director of Community Services, Delaware Division of Developmental Disabilities Services

Kara Ayers, Director, Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities

Presenters will also take your questions.

Click here to visit the webinar registration page 
or call Zachary Davis at 302-831-8879 for more information.

This webinar will be hosted using Zoom. To download the Zoom application and for instructions on how to set up Zoom on your computer or device, visit the Zoom website here. 

To request accommodations contact Zachary Davis.  Live captioning will be provided.


Free Virtual Family Workshops from the Dept. of Education

The Delaware Department of Education is offering a series of free virtual family education workshops called “Parent as Coach, Developing A Family Dream Team.” Facilitator Darrell “Coach D” Andrews is a nationally acclaimed speaker, life coach, and father of four. Over the course of the next six months, Andrews will offer a series of virtual workshops with hopes of motivating and providing caregivers with user-friendly strategies to assist them in maximizing their students’ overall academic success.
The first workshop, “Creating A Home Culture of Success Amid Crisis,” will provide families with powerful strategies for maintaining an effective balance for tasks such as remote/hybrid learning, work, and other family responsibilities. While DDOE suggests participants join based on their county of residence to help balance attendance, families may join whatever night works best for their schedules.

Below are the dates, including access information, for each session:
Sussex County: Monday, January 25, 2021, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
ZOOM Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83198066235
Kent County: Tuesday, January 26, 2021: 7 – 8:30 p.m.
ZOOM Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9384275351
New Castle County: Wednesday, January 27, 2021: 7 – 8:30 p.m.
ZOOM Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85834371334

For additional information contact PIC of Delaware at:   picofdel@picofdel.org

GACEC Newsletter Features Middletown Teenager

Latest GACEC Newsletter  

Kayla Kosmalski, a Middletown teenager was featured on Good Morning America and on the Today Show.  Why?  Kayla is a student with Down Syndrome that made the Middletown Junior High School Cheerleading Squad.   

Today with Hoda and Jenna –   https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1042082616221195 

For additional information on GACEC visit our website .