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Tri-Agency Partnerships

CDS partnerships strengthen the relationships between theory and interdisciplinary practice to enhance research for individuals and families with disabilities and professionals.

The Administration on Developmental Disabilities funds three agencies in Hawai‘i to support self-determination and community inclusion of people with developmental disabilities.

These agencies and their roles are as follows:

Protection and advocacy

Hawaii Disability Rights Center
Hawaii Disability Rights Center


Education, training, and research

Center on Disability Studies
Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawaii


Advocacy and policy development

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State Council on Developmental Disabilities


Additionally, the three agencies work together on a number of collaborative projects, which include:

  • 360 Family Support Project, creating a one-stop center where no door is the wrong door
  • “My Voice, My Choice” supporting the development of youth self-advocates
  • Actualizing Self-Determination Conference, reflecting on self-determination issues and assessing best practices
  • Implementing Olmstead, supporting people with autism, and transition