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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.

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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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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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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.”

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.

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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.

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.