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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

CDS continues push at State Legislature for wheelchair accessible housing

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
There is an increasingly urgent need to ensure Statewide availability of accessible and affordable homes for residents with mobility impairments, disability advocates told lawmakers at the Legislature last month during the introduction of a measure, which calls for the incorporation of so-called visitability standards in the construction and renovation of publicly funded residential housing. Developed by the Center on Disabilities Studies in collaboration with the Kupuna Caucus, the bill was introduced in January in both the House and Senate and advanced for further consideration. The latest version of HB1919 HD1 will be heard by members of the House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce on February 9 at 2 pm in conference room 329 of the State Capitol. Anyone wishing to submit individual testimony may do so on personal or plain stationary at least four hours before deadline as specified on the hearing notice.

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CDS Recommendations for Fixing Statewide Shortage of Accessible Housing Draw Attention from Lawmakers

Fri, 26 Jan 2018
A CDS report is at the center of two legislative bills that take aim at a statewide shortage of housing for the people with mobility challenges including many elderly with disabilities. Both measures were introduced earlier this month in the House and Senate and are moving along for further consideration by lawmakers. Why do supporters of these initiatives say that action to increase affordable and accessible housing is critical to the health and well-being of Hawaii’s families? How can you submit your own testimony on the two bills? More in this story:

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CDS Helps Organizations Stay on top of New 508 Accessibility Law

Thu, 25 Jan 2018
Do you know the best practices for providing accessible electronic information, as required under new federal legislation? Find out more about this new initiative which aims to ensure that people with disabilities can benefit from online content as fully as people without disabilities. Learn how training offered by the CDS Media Center is designed to help your organization comply with the new regulation.

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CDS Ambassador Hails Diversity as Component of Inclusion: A Q&A with Dr. Robert Stodden

Tue, 23 Jan 2018
Attitudes towards disability differ across the Pacific region; the differences speak volumes about the value of learning from one another as we seek unity in building an inclusive world. This is key for former CDS Director Dr. Robert Stodden. In 2014, Stodden retired from his director’s position, but he continues to implement his sweeping vision of inclusion in his current capacity as Emeritus Professor and International Ambassador for CDS. He recently returned from the Asia-Pacific Regional Congress of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Individuals with Developmental Disability or IASSIDD, held last year in Bangkok, Thailand. As Stodden described it, the congress was a major opportunity for networking among academic and professional experts with diverse perspectives. Find out in this Q&A how Stoddard plans to connect congress activities with future CDS partnerships and help make inclusion a reality in our increasingly complex and globalized world.

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Project TEAMS Offers STEM Learning for Eligible Teens in Summer Program

Mon, 22 Jan 2018
For parents thinking of enrolling a teen with a disability or learning assistance needs in rewarding summer activities, applications are now being taken for the Project TEAMS Summer Science Program. Find out details in this CDS News brief.

CDS Faculty Member and Graduate Assistant Appear on Bytemarks Cafe

Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Thomas Conway and Sajja Koirala appeared on Bytemarks Cafe with Burt Lum and Ryan Ozawa on HPR-1 to discuss assistive technologies and efforts to ensure web information and tools are accessible to everyone.