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Hawaiʻi Real Choices Partnership Project: Accessibility for Consumer Choice Entry Support System (ACCESS)

Project Overview

Real Choices ACCESS is a three year federally funded $1.35 million grant awarded to the Hawaii State Department of Human Services (DHS) by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This grant is administered by the University of Hawai`i at Manoa - Center on Disability Studies in collaborations with DHS, Persons with Disabilities and Long-Term Illness, numerous State Department programs, and private and non-profit agencies.

The Real Choices ACCESS project is developing a Single Entry Point information system designed to empower people of all ages and abilities to make self-determined choices to participate in their communities in ways meaningful to them. The user-friendly, universally designed website will provide consumers, professionals, government agencies, and employers statewide with access to in-depth, up-to-date information on available public and private services and resources for people with disabilities, and aging persons with long term care needs.

Providing oversight to the project is a unique and talented group of self-advocates and professionals from public and private sectors. Over half of the membership of the Governing Council is made up of people with disabilities or their representatives. The Governing Council is responsible for setting the vision and ensuring the achievement of all project goals.


The development and implementation of a website (

Team Members
  • Rebecca Rude Ozaki, Ph.D. Project Coordinator
  • Dexie Galvez, IT Specialist
  • Sumi Lee, Administrative Assistant
Project Funding
Funding Agency: 
The Center on Medicare/Medicaid Services