The Wellness Matters Programs are run through the Center on Disability Studies (CDS) at the UH Mānoa College of Education. Under the direction of CDS Associate Specialist Kelle L. Murphy, there are three health and wellness programs tailored to the disability community.

Inclusive First Aid/CPR/AED
  • Open to individuals with IDD, family members, and caregivers
  • Classes are monthly (must attend both to be certified)
  • American Heart Association certification
  • Modifications for various disabilities
  • Culturally-relevant curriculum
  • Mondays – 5:00-8:00 PM First Aid at CDS Library
  • Wednesdays – 5:00-8:00 PM CPR/AED at CDS Library
  • $17.80 per person
Swim Safe: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Program
  • Open to individuals with ASD 3 years to adult
  • Learn basic swimming and safety skills
  • Parent, guardian, or family member serves as the instructor
  • Meets weekly for 8 weeks / each time slot consists of three 30-minute lessons
  • Tuesdays – 6:00-7:30 PM at UHM Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex
  • Saturdays – 1:30-3:00 PM at Kroc Center Kapolei
  • Offered throughout the year
  • $100 per person
Physical Activity Program
  • Open to disability community 14 years to adult
  • Parents, guardians, and/or coaches should attend if child needs assistance
  • Adapted physical activities, Paralympic activities, popular sports (pickleball, dance, soccer, etc.)
  • Small class sizes for maximum participation and skill development
  • Meets weekly for 8 weeks for 1 hour
  • Tuesdays – 6:15-7:15 PM at UHM Lower Campus, Yoga Studio 3
  • Offered in Fall and Spring
  • $125 per person
For more information, please contact Dr. Kelle Murphy at

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