Hawaiʻi University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
2023 – 2028
Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The Center on Disability Studies (CDS) is a change agent and valuable resource in Hawai’i. Established in 1988, core funding for CDS comes through the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act). The mission of CDS is to build the capacity of individuals, organizations, and agencies and to bring about systems change so that individuals with disabilities of all ages may lead fuller lives in and contribute to their communities. CDS is to use core funding to engage in research, training, demonstration, evaluation, and dissemination activities to bring about new opportunities in varied contexts – education, early intervention, employment, health, housing, transportation, child care, recreation, and other areas of community life for persons with disabilities, especially those with developmental disabilities. Most importantly, CDS also is encouraged to use some of its core funding to leverage other funding opportunities.
There are 67 centers like CDS, specifically designated to do the work described in the DD Act. These 67 centers belong to the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). This association is a platform from which centers share with each other, collaborate, and advocate for individuals with disabilities. The power of this collective effort influences federal policy and funding priorities for federal programs that benefit individuals with disabilities.