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Hawai'i State Council on Developmental Disabilities

The Hawaii State Council on Developmental Disabilities (DD Council) promotes self-determination for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families by contributing to a coordinated and comprehensive service system that is person-centered and family-directed. Learn more – view the DD Council Fact Sheet!

Upcoming Events

October to November 2024

"Dream, Believe, Achieve!"


The event will include in-person workshops focusing on special education, transitioning, and healthcare for those with developmental disabilities. 

Stay tuned for more information!

Support for our Maui Communities​

The DD Council extends our support and efforts to the people of Maui who have endured the wildfires and their impacts. 

Disability Hui

We will be having a Zoom meeting with FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and American Red Cross representatives every Tuesday from 8:30 am to 9:30 am (HST) to discuss the needs of our disability community on Maui affected by the wildfires, to provide information on what supports are available, and to provide updates. We will have an ASL interpreter and closed captioning. If you need any other accommodations, please reach out to Daintry Bartoldus at For more information about the Disability Hui, please contact Che Silvert at

          Tuesdays at 8:30 am to 9:30 am (HST)
          Zoom Link:
          Meeting ID: 808 586 8166
          Passcode: DDC

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          +16699006833,,8085868166#,,,,*439393# US (San Jose)
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On August 21, 2023, the American Red Cross provided the Disability Integration External Partners Report (PDF). This report provides information to external American Red Cross partners regarding Disability Integration efforts during the Hawaii Wildfires Disaster Relief Operation.


Access translated FEMA Resources including the following flyers: Disaster Assistance Registration, How to Write an Appeal, and Helping Children Cope. View the Maui County website for the latest information and Maui Nui Strong – Aging and Disability. the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Center on Disability Studies (CDS) Message of Support for Maui and Resources webpage and the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health – Developmental Disabilities Division Maui Wildfire Resources webpage for resources. Check back often as these are regularly updated. 

About the Hawai'i DD Council

The Council, appointed by the Governor, is a group of individuals dedicated to improving the lives of Hawai‘i’s citizens with developmental disabilities. The philosophy of membership is that all key stakeholders are represented at the Council table: individuals with developmental disabilities; their family members, advocates; representatives of state and private agencies who provide services; representatives of the Hawai‘i Disability Rights Center (HDRC), the state’s Protection and Advocacy agency; University of Hawai‘i’s Center on Disability Studies (CDS) and other key community interests. The beauty of this composition is in the skills and experience that each brings to the table and shares with other Council members. 

DD Council Meetings

Areas of Emphasis Meetings

Neighbor Island DDC Meetings

View Current DD Council Members

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