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Pacific Partnerships in Disability & Diversity Studies (PPDDS)

The DDS Project is a minority leadership training program which provides support to leadership trainees (post-master’s, doctoral, and post-doctoral students) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa to complete disability and diversity studies as an integral part of doctoral studies in Education, Social Work, Psychology, Public Health and related disciplines. Trainees will gain advanced knowledge and leadership development to support improved programs and practices for students with disabilities in the multi-cultural contexts of the Pacific Region. DDS Project trainees are responsible for completing a minimum of 15 semester credits of core course work (one course per semester), specialty courses, and internship or research in disability studies. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents with demonstrated background in basic knowledge of disabilities and/or experience with people with disabilities.

All classified post-masterís, doctoral and post-doctoral students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in education, human services, health and related disciplines with career goals to serve children and youth in special education and related services are considered. Students of under-represented minority groups, including Pacific Islanders, Hawaiian/Part-Hawaiian, and Filipino students are given priority.


  • Ho‘oponopono Educators Curriculum
  • Undergraduate Course for incoming freshman with a disability
  • International Disability & Diversity Studies Institute 2002 Scholar Papers
  • Journal Articles by PPDDS Trainees
  • Video by Brian Shaughnessy
Team Members
  • Norma Jean Stodden, Ph.D., Project Director and Assistant Professor
  • David Pfeiffer, Ph.D., Resident Scholar in Disability Studies
  • Steve Brown, Ph.D., Resident Scholar in Disability Studies
  • Lisa Jong, Clerical Staff
  • Jean Johnson, DrPH, Mentor
  • Jim Skouge, Ph.D., Mentor
  • Robert Stodden, Ph.D., Mentor
  • Peter Dowrick, Ph.D., Mentor