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What’s DIS? Answering Your Questions About Disability Studies at the University of Hawaii

Jun 23, 2017

People often ask, “What exactly IS Disability Studies? Isn’t it just like Special Education?” The fact is that although Disability Studies does address issues of education for children with disabilities, Disability Studies is more like Women’s Studies or Ethnic Studies then it is like Special Education.  Disability studies is an interdisciplinary field that views disability as a natural part of a diverse society made up of many kinds of people, with many kinds of human characteristics.


A Picture is worth a Thousand Words: Audio Description for the 21st Century

Jun 7, 2017

In today’s multimedia world of photographs and computer images, communicating messages beyond the limitations of the accompanying text, the need for audio description is becoming increasingly important for the blind and visually impaired among us. This is especially true for navigating through a museum, art exhibit, day long conference, or a National Park. However, it must be remembered that these are social events that are shared with others and the opportunity to engage in a two way dialog can be...


Jobs, the Bottom Line

May 11, 2017

I come from the Washington, D.C. metro area. The first question you get asked there, when you meet someone new, is “What do you do?” Our jobs often define us, shape our perspectives, and influence our decisions about the future. This is true for many people.

Here at the Center on Disability Studies (CDS), College of Education, University of Hawai’i, Mānoa, one of the challenges we are invested in is providing more and better employment opportunities for people with disabilities.


Time to Be Brave, Think Big, and Engage President Elect Trump's Administration

Dec 12, 2016

Last week I attended the Association of University Centers on Disabilities' annual conference in Washington, D.C. AUCD had a record turnout. And no wonder! People were looking for like-minded colleagues with whom to mourn, given the presidential election results.


Pac Rim 2016 was a success!

May 5, 2016

The 2016 Pacific Rim Conference on Disability and Diversity was held on April 25 & 26, 2016 at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. The conference attracted over 800 participants from around the world.


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