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Students and faculty at the CLSC program graduation.

CEHD students aren’t afraid to embrace new experiences and make a difference in the world. School has barely started for the year and students in three of our programs have made names for themselves.

Embracing Independence and Inclusion

On Aug. 27, three students from our Career and Life Skills Certificate (CLSC) program moved into their dorm on Laird Campus. While living on campus is not an uncommon occurrence for most college students, these three are breaking new ground. For four years, the Center for Disabilities Studies’ CLSC program has provided young adults with intellectual disabilities an unusual opportunity–they attend classes, join groups and participate in activities. The only thing preventing them from gaining the complete UD experience, was the lack of on campus housing. Now, they can sleep, eat, and socialize on campus just like all the other UD students.

Their resident advisor, Lauren Montagna is a senior studying early childhood education and disability studies. She will provide one-on-one attention, help them with time management and connect them to UD resources while supporting their engagement in dorm and campus life activities.

Read more at Newark Post online. 

Lighting up the night

Human Services major Nikki Dombrowski was invited to speak at UD’s Twilight Ceremony on Aug. 29, welcoming freshmen to campus.  This sophomore was selected from a highly competitive group of applicants to address UD’s Class of 2020 as they experience their first moments on campus.

Read about Nikki and the Twilight Ceremony in UDaily.

A national platform

No one can say that Amanda Debus is single minded. In this case, it’s a good thing. The UD senior is majoring in  health and physical education while pursuing minors in disability studies, dance and health and physical activity. She is also an ambassador for the Children’s Miracle Network, the national platform for Miss America, and an advocate for ALL-AWARE, promoting allergy awareness.

On Sept. 11 Debus will competing to add another commitment to her plate. As the reigning Miss Delaware, she will be vying to win the title of Miss America.

Read about Amanda in UDaily