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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

Food

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: https://www.facebook.com/Surf4SN/

Website: http://www.surf4sn.org

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 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LDAH7BVLN3C

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
https://recovery.hawaiicounty.gov/…/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.