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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.

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CDS Offers New Summer 2018 Online Course in Disability Studies

Fri, 09 Mar 2018
Introducing 3 new summer online courses to boost your specializations in disability culture and teaching techniques for 2018. All courses are offered online through the University of Hawaii at Manoa Outreach College, and can be counted towards the Disability & Diversity Studies Graduate Certificate.

CDS builds momentum for accessible housing legislation

Fri, 09 Mar 2018
CDS is behind a legislative bill, which would address the statewide shortage of housing which is both affordable and accessible for people with disabilities. The bill was spotlighted in a recent Honolulu Star Advertiser front-page news story. Learn how to let your elected representatives know your position on this measure, which could head for a final vote in the State Legislature during the upcoming weeks. Find out more about submitting legislative testimony on this or any other disabilities initiative in this story.

Disabilities Top the Agenda at a State Capitol Event

Fri, 09 Mar 2018
CDS is behind Senate Bill 2594, which aims to remedy a statewide shortage in housing for people with disabilities. CDS researcher David Leake (pictured here) collaborated with CDS Director Patricia Morrissey on the authorship of the measure, which has crossed over to the House of Representatives for final consideration this legislative session. Find out how you can meet in person with elected officials and weigh in on the CDS bill and several other disabilities-focused measures by attending a special Day at the Capitol aimed at marking “National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.”

Pac Rim reverie endures as CDS plans the next conference

Fri, 09 Mar 2018
Plans are underway at CDS to hold the next Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity in March 2019. The event is on hiatus for this year. Meanwhile, the 2017 Pac Rim is remembered by many as a watershed event for creatively empowering the identity of disability through a program, which included renowned creative artists of all kinds. This included Hawaii-based author Kathy J. Phillips, (pictured in this photo), whose rollicking Pac Rim session exemplified a lifelong transcendence of disability stereotype. Read about Phillips in this story and get inspired now to attend what will be CDS' 34th Annual presentation of Pac Rim.

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Review of Disability Studies Journal Volume 14, Issue 1 Now Online

Thu, 08 Mar 2018
Providing fresh perspectives and time-relevant articles, RDS Journal's first issue of 2018 covers: school violence & mental health, reviews of To Siri with Love and Diffability Hollywood, upcoming disability studies courses, and just in time for #DDawareness18, articles on autism, FASD, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. Read full issue at

Scholar shines light on Japan-US contrasts in job ops for people with disabilities

Thu, 08 Mar 2018
Japan has long had a policy in place mandating companies hire people with disabilities. Meanwhile, a high unemployment rate affects people with disabilities in the US. What accounts for the difference? Moreover, what might the two nations be able to learn from each other when it comes to the contributions people with disabilities make to the workplace? Find out what visiting scholar Dr. Yae Kusuda had to say, when she weighed in on these matters during a presentation at CDS.

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Save the Dates for Pac Rim 2019!

Fri, 02 Mar 2018
The 2019 Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity has been tentatively scheduled for March 4 & 5, 2019. The 2019 conference will return to the Hawaii Convention Center.

Celebrate #DDawareness18 with CDS

Wed, 28 Feb 2018
We are a speck in the Pacific Ocean, so it is not surprising we have learned to respect each other and our environment, working together to make our islands accessible to and habitable by everyone. As elected officials, parents, teachers, employers, business people, and community members, it is important for us to remember our sense of aloha and kuleana when we interact with persons with developmental disabilities. If we do a good job, then we have a valid indicator of how we are doing generally in valuing our neighbor.

Call for Papers: Special Forum Summer 2019 'Disability and Shame'

Tue, 13 Feb 2018
The Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal is issuing a Call for Papers for a special forum on the subject of shame and disability, broadly conceived. It is hoped that through critical discourse addressing the historical and current contexts, contributing factors, effects, and responses to shame, greater understanding of this phenomena will diminish discrimination and violence.