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Hawaiʻi Workforce Investment Partnership with Persons with Disabilities

The Workforce Investment Partnership Project; awarded to the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa - Center on Disability Studies is a 30 month grant funded at almost $1 million through the Department of Labor ‚ Employment and Training Administration. The focus of this project is to collaborate with the statewide Workforce Development Council, the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, and numerous State Department programs, and private and non-profit agencies on the development of a Single Entry Point (SEP) information system and advance the effectiveness of the Hawai‘i One-stop Centers by providing an electronic infrastructure for the Workforce Investment partners.

The Workforce Investment Partnership project is developing a SEP 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.

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
  • Roberta O. Bishop, Educational Specialist
  • Mason Nakadomari, IT Specialist
Project Funding
Funding Agency: 
Department of Labor‚ Employment and Training Administration