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News & Updates

MARCH 2023


Hawaii Bridging Aging and Developmental Disabilities Grant Update

The Hawaii State Council on Developmental Disabilities received a grant from the National Association of Council’s on Developmental Disabilities. We are working in partnership with multiple community and state organizations to bridge some of the barriers we have seen in how to obtain information and increase knowledge about aging and developmental disabilities.

Current Initiatives:

1) Fridge Magnet with information on how to contact the Aging and Disability Resource Centers

2) A training from the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices will be held in November 1-3, 2023, for self-advocates, parents/caregivers, nurses, social workers, physicians, and allied health professionals.

3) An internship program for students aged 17 and up on Kauai and Maui. To intern in an adult day health program to gain experience and knowledge of adults who have a developmental disability. This is a great opportunity for students who are interested in pursuing a career in nursing, education, psychology, social work, or the medical field.


Goals and Objectives for the students include learning: 

1) About different communication techniques (Visual aids, Sign language, Non-verbal behavior)

2) How to modify an activity and implement 1 activity in (art, music, physical exercise, self-advocacy, or another area of participant interest)

3) About self-advocacy and Developmental Disability Awareness Month

4) About issues and barriers individuals with developmental disabilities face daily and how that would relate or impact your future career path. 


For more information about the internship program please check out the Hawaii State Council’s website (internship opportunities) https://hiddcouncil.org/internship-opportunities/

Are you ready?


for March 2nd, Thursday

Day at the Capitol 2023


Healthy Relationships

Upcoming Training

We are holding another Free Online Training for Agency Supervisors. This is a two, half day training

March 14 and 15 from 9:00 am-1:00 pm.

As part of the DD Council’s 5-year state plan, we are working towards providing training on relationships and sexuality to Medicaid Waiver 1915(c) agency providers, non-profit organizations that provide services to individuals who have a developmental disability, parents and adults with a developmental and or intellectual disability. 

Currently we are offering training to agency staff including program supervisors, managers, and directors. 


The training for agency staff consists of the following modules:

Sexual self-advocacy and sexuality 

Messages about sexuality 

Sexual Development and Disability

Personal Barriers

Answering Questions

Responding to Behaviors

Working with Parents Guardians 

Trauma Informed Approach 

For more information or to register please go to the Hawaii State Council’s website (trainings). https://hiddcouncil.org/trainings/

Great job our Kauai Chapter Self Advocacy Advisory Council

During the interim of the legislative session, the advocated for safer crosswalks, most importantly, the crosswalk by the library. Their voices were heard! Blinking lights for the crosswalk was installed! Great advocacy work Kauai!!

You can now order 4 more free at-home COVID tests this winter!

Place Your Order for Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days. Order your tests now so you have them when you need them.

The tests available for order:

  • Are rapid antigen at-home tests, not PCR
  • Can be taken anywhere
  • Give results within 30 minutes (no lab drop-off required)
  • Work whether or not you have COVID-⁠19 symptoms
  • Work whether or not you are up to date on your COVID-⁠19 vaccines
  • Are also referred to as self-tests or over-the-counter (OTC) tests

Check them out at


How to Contact DD COUNCIL:

Oahu: Phone: 808-586-8100



Address: 1010 Richards St. #122 Honolulu, HI 96813

Hawaii State Council on Developmental Disabilities