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Founding Director of the Center for Disabilities Studies, Bob Stodden, Retires

Tue, 25 Aug 2015
One of the University of Hawai'i's longest-serving leaders, Dr. Robert Stodden, called an end to over three decades at the helm of the Center on Disability Studies (CDS) on December 31, 2014. Dr. Stodden, founder of the CDS, lead the center as it became a top-rated research and technical assistance unit with over 100 faculty and staff, and netting a whopping $17 million revenue a year in grants. As a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, the CDS rose to local and regional prominence through Stodden's unique leadership style and sweeping vision of inclusion that was unstoppable for decades. His decision to retire brought to a close a remarkable career of continuous service to the University and to the disability and education sectors at large.


CDS Offers Online Asynchronous Course in Disability History and Culture

Tue, 12 May 2015
Overview of the history of disability from a disability studies perspective, a multidisciplinary and global approach to studying disability perspectives, focused on personal and collective responses to difference(s) based on disability.


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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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