This is about a free webinar that anyone can watch and learn from. The webinar is about Assistive Technology Supports for Transitioning High School Students and was presented by Dr. Tanner of UH Manoa.


Date originally aired: February 19, 2020

Presenter: Adam Tanners received his Ph.D. in Education from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM), with a specialization in Special Education. His research interests include universal design in education and use of everyday technologies as accommodations to students with disabilities. His past experience includes working as a counselor at the Student Disability Services office at the University of Iowa and Assistive Technology Specialist at UC Berkeley.  Dr. Tanners is currently working as a faculty member at UHM College of Education (COE). His roles at the COE include instructional design of online courses, developing/maintaining the college website, instructional/technical support of other faculty, and occasionally teaching.

Description: Dr. Tanners will be discussing how technology can aid college students with learning differences, such as dyslexia, in areas of academic skills, executive function skills and time management.  There will also be discussion of the importance of, and strategies for, self-advocacy and the use of technology.

Dr. Tanners will discuss and demonstrate a few examples of some inexpensive and useful technologies for high school and college-aged students with learning differences.

Click to download the Webinar Slides 

To view the webinar, please visit their site (- LINKED HERE) and fill out the request – which will lead to the recorded webinar.

On February 22, 2020, Bite Me Sport Fishing and S4SN collaborated to bring a day of magic to Big Island keiki with disabilities and their families!

All kids participated in fishing, trying to catch as many fish as possible.

Fish were weighed and during a hearty lunch of pizza (and shave ice!), prizes were awarded for the winning bags.

There was also a slip-slide pool, definitely a winner for my kids!

Here are some photos from the event:

To keep in touch, charter a boat with Bite Me, or to find out about future events with Surf 4 Special Needs (S4SN), follow the links below!

Bite Me Sport Fishing


Leadership in Disabilities and Achievement in Hawaii will be hosting a weeklong lunchtime series on a whole bunch of super-useful topics.

They are keeping it short and sweet, and with Zoom as an option for those of us who have the good fortune to live on the Big Island!

So, when you register for the series, just say in your registration that you will need a Zoom link, and they will send you one!




February 10,11,12,13,14 


245 N. Kukui Street #205, Honolulu – those of us on the Big Island, just let let them know we will be attending via Zoom (video conferencing), and they will send us a link to access the conference through the url.

Schedule For The Week:

February 10: Explore Present Levels of Academic Performance 

February 11: Measurable Goals and Objectives 

February 12: Accommodations & Modifications

February 13: Least Restrictive Environment 

February 14: Be Kind To Yourself 

All sessions are from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. 

CALL LDAH for details! 


LDAH Flyer is linked here

A fabulous new booklet has just been produced by the Hawaii State Council on Developmental Disabilities.

This booklet covers the resources that exist on the Big Island for children with disabilities, and where to go for what.

This is available to download below.

Please share widely and let us know your own resources that are not in the booklet!

Also – this booklet is being hosted on Gumroad – linked here and below – and is FREE – add “0” to the dollar value there and click “download”. You then add your email address and it send it to you.

This is NOT a bait- and-switch to get your email address (in fact, we never see your email address or store it); it’s simply a free and efficient way for us to get this to you!

S4SN – Surf for Special Needs

S4SN organizes surf events that promote disability inclusion. All people with disabilities are welcome, and they strive to provide access to the surf for people across the disability spectrum.

disability surfing on the big island
little girl with down syndrome riding on a paddle board  at s4sn event in kona, hawaii
hey santa! fancy seeing you here

So Much Aloha

The event started in the early morning, with volunteers coming in to set up and get the multitude of activity tents up.

Families arrived. One of the great thing about S4SN is that the whole ‘ohana is included, even those without disabilities.

child without disability being included in s4sn event
child on board at s4sn event

Sweet Tunes

S4SN had live music

live music at S4SN
dancing to live music at s4sn
live music at s4sn
lei at surf for special needs event


Amazing food was there too! Spam burgers for the keiki, poke, salad, kalo chips and more for the adults.

spam burgers at s4sn
food tent

Please enjoy the rest of the photos of the event, and be sure to tune in to S4SN Facebook page for news of upcoming events!

The links are at the end of this post

S4SN: Surf for Special Needs

Facebook page:


Parent Leadership & Advocacy:

Hawaii and Pacific Islands Parent Training and Information Center over on Oahu will be coming to Hilo for a mini-conference: Parent Leadership & Advocacy Conference.

This training session is for parents, professionals and community members; serving infants, children and youth at risk of, or with disabilities.

When: Saturday, September 7
10:00 am—2:00 pm
Hilo, Hawaiʻi Island: ʻImiloa Astronomy Center
Register at

CHILD CARE WILL BE PROVIDED so you can bring your keiki and attend

This is an unusual email from Disability Rights Hawaii, to give you a special chance to influence your County. The deadline is August 30 — the end of this month — to fill out and submit the Impact Status Surveys. Here is why these are both important and accessible for you to submit.

Although the Surveys are being described as mostly relevant for people who were affected by the recent eruptions, the topics actually affect everyone, and any County concerns can be addressed. The one labelled “Household Impact” is the survey mostly for people directly affected by the eruption. The one called “Business Impact” is for business owners. We recommend you fill out the one labelled “Community Impact.” (Community — that’s us.)

Here’s the complication: Problems of accessibility for people with disability are mentioned nowhere in the survey. But we all know that a lot of problems still exist in the community for people with disabilities — lack of accessible affordable housing, lack of police enforcement of the law against violating accessible parking spaces, and so on. The GOOD news: there are dozens of “Comments” sections that you can use to describe your problems and how County agencies could help solve them. (At least to recognize the problems!)

Hard copies of the surveys are available at the County Building. Online versions are accessible at…/impact-status-survey-s…/

We have been assured that these surveys will be taken seriously by County representatives for the completion of our 10-year plan. If you know of problems that you think the County might need to hear about — TELL THEM!

This message is from Disability Rights Hawaii. Ordinarily we only use email to inform you about our bimonthly meetings, but this topic is so important the DRH Board of Directors decided we needed to let you know.

Make your voice heard.