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AUCD Fellows Present Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint for Systems Change

Mon, 11 May 2015
Join the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship team to discuss issues of diversity and inclusion in University Centers of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs). The AUCD fellowship team is working with the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is working (AIDD) to enhance diversity and cultural competence of faculty, staff and students; cultivate partnerships; and respond to increasingly diverse communities across the country.

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Educators Learn About Positive Engagement and Self- Care at Professional Development Workshop

Tue, 07 Apr 2015
One hundred educators attended an educational, fun– filled day of reflection, connection, and celebration hosted by The Hawaiʻi Preschool Positive Engagement Project (HPPEP). The full day professional development workshop focused on the power of positive engagement and self-care, reflecting on their roles as educators, identifying work values, creating personal vision statements, and building networks with others. Participants ranged from early educators to university professors who work in a variety of settings. HPPEP believes that creating “You Time” is essential to positively engaging with others. Happy (and healthy) teachers will change the world!

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Disability Screenings Benefit Underserved Keiki

Tue, 31 Mar 2015
When 3-year-old Miley Kaleikula-Velleses kept rubbing her ear, her mother figured it was wax buildup and tried to remedy it with a cotton swab. It wasn't until the youngster was later screened at preschool by the School Readiness Project that her mom discovered that her hearing was impaired.

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Teen ACE Project at CDS Wins National Award

Mon, 23 Mar 2015
The TeenACE for Science project, led by the Center on Disability Studies (CDS) in the UH Mānoa College of Education, was selected for an American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES) award. The project was recognized for its services to persons with disabilities in inclusive environments on March 19, 2015 at the annual ACRES conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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UH, HI-DOE and DVR Partner to Expand CTE Pathway to Include All Students in Building 21st Aquaponics Career Skills

Wed, 28 Jan 2015
University of Hawaii College of Education Center on Disability Studies, in partnership with the Career and Technical Education (CTE) unit of the Department of Education, and state Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, are working together to further state's high school efforts to "Expand Access to CTE" to include all youth - with and without disability in acquiring workplace readiness and technical career skills utilizing Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles/strategies and Harvard's Artful Thinking dispositions.

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CDS Remembers Madeline Harcourt

Thu, 22 Jan 2015
Madeline Harcourt was a faculty member at the Center on Disability Studies, and a person with multiple hidden disabilities. She served as the Project Director for APPLAUD and as an Assistant Specialist for the Alliance for Inclusion Advancement-Hawaii project. She founded and chaired the Committee on Hidden Disabilities and was the creator and faculty advisor for the Hidden Disabilities Support Group.

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CDS Celebrates the Career of Robert Stodden

Wed, 21 Jan 2015
Dr. Robert Stodden is the founding Director of the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He has been a Professor of Education for the past 35 years, working closely with the Hawaii Department of Education and other state departments and programs. He has also served as President of several professional associations in the fields of educational evaluation and research.

25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act: 1990-2015

CDS Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Tue, 20 Jan 2015
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H.W. Bush. The ADA is one of America's most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life -- to enjoy employment opportunities, to purchase goods and services, and to participate in State and local government programs and services.

CDS Announces Three Undergraduate Courses for Spring 2015

Fri, 09 Jan 2015
Disability and Diversity studies courses include: Disability History and Culture, Disability & Diversity Issues, Creating Accessible Futures, Interdisciplinary Team Development, Seminar on Disabilities Issues, and Basics of Applied Behavior Analysis.

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Dr. JoAnn Yuen Begins Term as New CDS Director

Mon, 05 Jan 2015
Dr. JoAnn Yuen is the new Director of the Center on Disability Studies (CDS) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has been with the CDS for 16 years and most recently served as its Associate Director. Dr. Yuen is the first Native Hawaiian to serve as the director of a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), and the CDS is one of 67 UCEDDs serving U.S. states and territories.