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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.

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CDS summer program recruits staff for exceptional summer camp

Tue, 15 May 2018
For educators and educators-to-be, Camp Manoa offers several summer job opportunities plus the chance to break in a new paradigm aimed at opening up new pathways to college for a group whose potential has been overlooked for too long. Depicted in the above photo are Camp Manoa participants and staff. Read more about what this camp does differently and how to apply for a position with this CDS-coordinated project.

Audio description app studied by field-research team at Muir Woods National Monument

Wed, 09 May 2018
A research team from the UniDescription project, which aims to create digital audio spaces and more accessible places, recently conducted another major field study of in-situ audio description at Muir Woods National Monument in California, near San Francisco.

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Summer CDS class brings `story power' to disability studies

Mon, 07 May 2018
An intercultural and interdisciplinary approach to learning is a hallmark of the Critical Disabilities Studies graduate certificate program at UH Manoa. Case in point: the CDS online summer course “Telling Our Stories: Auto/Biographical Portraits of Disability” explores personal histories of disabilities and invites students to author narratives using easy-to-handle digital media tools. DIS 682, as it is listed, will be presented for the first time by CDS lecturer Raphael Raphael. Widely recognized as an artist, educator, and author, Raphael has contributed to the increasing presence of disability in the greater discourse on diversity and inclusion. His scholarly work goes beyond the antiquated model of disability as an isolated medical condition. This is reflected in the premise of DIS 682. As instructor Raphael described it to CDS in this interview, the course is conceived as a way to illuminate different styles of unique disability narratives that together comprise a testament to a natural dimension of human experience. Raphael Raphael spoke with CDS News by phone from Guatemala City, where he has been on sabbatical. Note: For more on DIS 682, contact Raphael Raphael at For the latest schedule of CDS classes, visit the website for UH Manoa class availability and click on the link for the Summer 2018 session.

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'Talking With Pictures': Photovoice - June 2-10, 2018

Fri, 27 Apr 2018
Learn about an innovative way to engage people with disabilities and others in health! Participants will leave this course with hands-on experience and insights on adapting Photovoice to care, programming, and research intended to engage and benefit people with disabilities, patients, youth, families, and communities. Register: Event ID: A14947

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H-PEP project builds community for parents and pre-schoolers

Tue, 10 Apr 2018
First-day-of-school worries may be normal for both parents and keiki. But an HPEP program is using both online and in-person activities to ease concerns by helping families prep in advance for this big transitional time. Find out more how you or a caregiver you know can take advantage of this inventive new project shown to foster children’s long-term school achievement and improve family well-being.

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CDS gets props for audio describing National Parks

Thu, 29 Mar 2018
Is it possible for people with no vision or low vision to comprehend visually displayed media that sighted people routinely consume in everyday life? In the not-too-distant past, this may have sounded like the stuff of science fiction. Then came the advent of audio description: a means to inform individuals who are partially or completely blind about essential visual content. Four years ago, CDS committed to audio describing numerous sites of the National Parks Service as part of the collaborative UniDescription Project or UniD. What are UniD’s broader implications for CDS’s efforts to advance new technology and training that will make information more accessible for people with disabilities? Some answers are offered in a review of the UniD project published in the March issue of a national magazine. Read about the review and what CDS specialists say about it in this story.

Photo: Pat Morrissey & others with Gov. Ige for DD awareness proclamation

Insider views of developmental disabilities dominate Capitol Day

Mon, 19 Mar 2018
People with developmental disabilities—or DD, are forging self-determination and speaking up for their rights. This much was obvious at the State Capitol last Thursday, where activities marked March as National Disabilities Awareness month. Self-advocates, or people with DD, took the day as an opportunity to meet with elected officials and leaders in disabilities services. Activities got underway with the issuing of a proclamation, as depicted in the photo: (front) CDS Director Pat Morrissey; (l to r) self-advocate Renee Manfredi, Hawaii State Council on Developmental Disabilities Director Daintry Bartoldus, Governor David Ige, and Division of Developmental Disabilities Director Mary Brogan. Find out what special meaning DD self-advocates say this day has for all Hawaii nei.