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Mission Statement

The Center on Disability Studies (CDS) is located at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in the College of Education. The mission of the CDS is to promote diverse abilities across the lifespan through interdisciplinary training, research, and service.


The CDS was established in 1988 as the Hawaii University Affiliated Program, and is a charter member of a National Network of University Centers, the Association of University Center on Disability (AUCD). This national network of university centers focuses on education, research and service activities which impact upon the quality of life of persons with disabilities in each state. Beginning in 1988 with core funding of only $250,000 and a staff of four, the CDS has leveraged resources to its current level of funding to over eight million dollars and more than 125 faculty and staff. The CDS now receives funding based on an approve Strategic Plan for a five-year cycle from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities.