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Transitioning Individuals to the Community

Sep 12, 2017

In Hawaii, there are patients living in hospitals and other institutional settings who prefer to live in the community. They may be unaware of their options, or don’t have housing or family. Nevertheless, federal long-term care policy directions support the rights and preferences of individuals with disabilities to live in community-based settings. The Going Home Plus (GHP) project helps individuals who have been living in hospitals, nursing facilities, and ICF/ID facilities move back into the community.


CrossFit - An Unlikely Showcase of (Dis)ability

Aug 31, 2017

CrossFit defines itself as “constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity.” Unfamiliar with CrossFit? Check out this video, Let Me Tell You About CrossFit, for quick introduction. People generally feel intimidated at the thought of CrossFit, deeming it too difficult, too scary, or too dangerous. Regardless of your opinion of CrossFit, one thing is undeniable: CrossFit is, however unlikely, showcasing the social model of disability.


Epilepsy Awareness, a Personal Story

Aug 16, 2017

Thirty six year old Noa is completely functional. He eats, drinks, and bathes himself; holds a conversation; takes his meds; reads the newspaper; and has an opinion. No problem. So Kila was happy to oblige when his aunty asked him to stay with Noa and his 8 year old nephew while she went on a day trip to O‘ahu to bring her grandchildren to Maui for a visit.


A Connectivist Approach to Inclusive and Socially Responsible Education

Aug 10, 2017

CDS’s STEMD2 R&D Group1 has developed and tested a set of integrated strategies for improving inclusive and socially responsible education. These strategies draw from a connectivist approach to problem-based learning (PBL) and set a foundation for a new inclusive instructional-model supporting all learners...


5 Things We Want You To Know: An Open Letter To Educators and Parents of Young Children

Aug 2, 2017

Dearest Educators and Parents of young children,

First, thank you. Thank you for the countless hours and energy nurturing and teaching your students and children. Thank you for showing them the way, through your example and care. They are watching, even if it may not seem like it at times. It may not always be sunshine and rainbows, but we find it amazing how you still find the bright spots in the darkest of days. Thank you for wiping away those tears, brushing off those skinned knees after a tumble, and putting on those superhero capes… and yes, doing these things for the youngsters in your life as well. Thank you for taking care of you so that you can take care care of the keiki. Make no doubt about it, you are miracle workers. You don’t only make a difference, you make The Difference. Every single day, you make magic happen. Every single day, you have the potential to change the world. We are so grateful for you!


Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education (AWARE)

Jul 26, 2017

The most deadly mass school shooting in US history was at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in December 2012. Because this and many other mass shootings have involved people with serious mental health challenges, the Obama administration decided to enhance the nation’s capacity to head off such events through prevention and early identification and treatment. The main initiative in the public schools is the Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education (AWARE) program.


Center on Disability Studies (CDS) in the Pacific Basin – Pacific Basin University Center for Excellence (PBUCE)

Jul 19, 2017

At CDS, we have many activities, which reach beyond the State of Hawaiʻi and which take place in the US Affiliated Pacific Basin Jurisdictions focusing upon promoting and supporting the diverse abilities of individuals with disabilities.


It’s Time for our Nation to Do What’s Right: Social Justice for COFA Citizens with Disabilities!

Jul 12, 2017

Since 1947, the United States has had a moral and legal responsibility for the welfare of Pacific Islanders within the region commonly referred to as “Micronesia.” That responsibility began after World War II when the United Nations created the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (TTPI), assigning to the United States responsibility for administering islands that were previously possessions of Japan or Germany. In this “strategic trust,” the United States accepted responsibility for the health, education, and welfare of those Pacific Islanders.


An Introduction to ABLE Accounts

Jul 5, 2017

For decades, persons with disabilities utilizing Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and housing programs have found it nearly impossible to save without losing benefits. In fact, individuals utilizing these public benefits often find themselves remain in poverty because eligibility for these programs require meeting the resource limits of the programs. In other words, if an individual wishes to continue to utilize these public benefits, he/she must remain poor.


What’s DIS? Answering Your Questions About Disability Studies at the University of Hawaii

Jun 23, 2017

People often ask, “What exactly IS Disability Studies? Isn’t it just like Special Education?” The fact is that although Disability Studies does address issues of education for children with disabilities, Disability Studies is more like Women’s Studies or Ethnic Studies then it is like Special Education.  Disability studies is an interdisciplinary field that views disability as a natural part of a diverse society made up of many kinds of people, with many kinds of human characteristics.


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