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CSC Hawaii Offers Two New ASL Classes

Thu, 15 Nov 2018
Conversations in ASL is a brand new community class developed by instructor Galinda K. Goss-Kuehn. ABC123 is a brand new community class developed by instructor Galinda K. Goss-Kuehn.

Apply Now for Spring Disability Studies Courses!

Fri, 26 Oct 2018
All courses are offered through distance education. Current students, residents and non-residents (international and out of state students) may apply for DDS courses through Outreach College and pay in-state tuition rates. Courses also offered through UH Day School. We offer a 15 credit graduate certificate in Disability and Diversity Studies as well as electives.

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Launching RDS Journal’s open-access issue Volume 14, Issue 3, 'Dismantling Ableisms: The Moral Imperative for School Leaders'

Wed, 10 Oct 2018
RDS Journal's open-access issue with special forum, 'Dismantling Ableism: The Moral Imperative for School Leaders' with special Guest Editors. Dr. Holly Manaseri & Dr. Josh Bornstein. Including a featured Editorial by RDS Forums Editor Dr. Jenifer Barclay, a first-person creative works perspective, and our ongoing effort to highlight the latest in Disability Studies dissertations and abstracts. Read more at

Center on Disabilities Studies Receives $6.9 Million in Grant Funding

Fri, 05 Oct 2018
The Center on Disability Studies (CDS) in the UH Mānoa College of Education has been awarded nearly $7 million by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE). Serving diverse populations, including Native Hawaiian, deaf-blind, at-risk, English language learners, and economically disadvantaged, five CDS programs will receive funding over the next three to five years.

CDS Receives Funding for Nine Projects

Wed, 03 Oct 2018
Since September 1, 2018, CDS has received funding for eight projects totaling $13,549,888.

UniDescription Project Receives $100K Google Grant to Expand Accessibility at National Parks

Wed, 03 Oct 2018
Researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa received a $100,000 grant from Google to continue efforts to audio-describe the world for blind and visually impaired visitors to National Park Service (link is external) sites. The award will expand the scope of the UniDescription (link is external) (UniD) project to 30 national parks, predominantly in the northeast portion of the United States.

With Sign Language: Everyone is Included. International Week of the Deaf: September 23-30, 2018

CDS Celebrates International Week of the Deaf (IWDeaf)

Mon, 24 Sep 2018
International Week of the Deaf (IWDeaf) is an initiative of the WFD and was first launched in 1958 in Rome, Italy. It is celebrated annually by the global Deaf Community on the last full week of September to commemorate the same month the first World Congress of the WFD was held. IWDeaf is celebrated through various activities by respective Deaf Communities worldwide. These activities call for participation and involvement of various stakeholders including families, peers, governmental bodies, professional sign language interpreters, and DPOs.

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Volume 14 Issue 2 of the Review of Disability Studies Journal is now available online!

Thu, 02 Aug 2018
Check out the highly anticipated forum 'The Crip, The Fat and The Ugly in an Age of Austerity: Resistance, Reclamation and Affirmation' with Guest Editors Dr. Kirsty Liddiard & Jen Slater.

The Pacific Rim Conference Call for Proposals and Registration are now open!

Fri, 29 Jun 2018
Pac Rim has been bringing people together for more than 30 years. And Pac Rim 2019 is no exception. We want individuals with disabilities, their families, service providers, researchers, educators, employers, deep thinkers, change agents, policy makers and entrepreneurs to join us in March 2019.

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CDS gathering looks forward to new directions

Wed, 06 Jun 2018
At the annual CDS Spring Assembly in May, new hires were welcomed aboard, while several current staff members were recognized for their leadership in programs serving people with disabilities. Plus, with many new developments afoot within disabilities studies and throughout higher education, there was no shortage of lively topics to be tackled in a town-hall style discussion that topped off the agenda.