Maui Wildfire Response

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Project Dates

2023 – Present

Funding Source

Department of Health (DOH), Developmental Disabilities Division (DDD)


The goal of this project is to provide support to individuals with disabilities who were affected by the Maui wildfires in August, 2023 and their families. CDS is working with the Tri-Agency Partnership to maintain an aggregated and vetted resource page. Additionally, CDS and the DOH Developmental Disabilities Division (DDD) are collaborating to provide mental health support for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) through development and dissemination of trauma-informed tools and direct clinical care.

Maui Wildfire Relief Webinar | Trauma-Informed Mental Health Support Toolkit for People with I/DD

A free webinar for families, mental health professionals, educators, direct support professionals, physicians and other interested service providers.

Maui Wildfire Workbooks

These workbooks are based on the evidence-based practices of Social Stories and Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). While they were designed for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities, they can be helpful for anyone looking to process their wildfire experience and begin the healing process.

Free downloads (click on the image to view and download):

Teen/Adult Maui Wildfire Workbook
Keiki Maui Wildfire Workbook

Resource Card for Families and Service Providers

This resource card quickly summarizes easy strategies from Psychological First Aid for use with individuals with I/DD. The card is designed to be a quick-reference tool for families, caregivers, and service providers for use in moments of crisis and distress.

Free download (click to view and download):

Resource Card for Families and Service Providers PDF

To request free printed copies of the workbooks or resource card, please contact Dr. Maya Matheis at


Maya Matheis, Ph.D., M.S.W., is a licensed clinical psychologist and researcher at the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa. She completed her Masters in Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, her PhD in clinical psychology at Louisiana State University, and her postdoctoral training at the UC Davis MIND Institute, where she completed the Autism Research Training Program (ARTP). Her clinical specialization is in the assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Her research interests focus on community-based implementation of interventions for ASD, with particular emphasis on training and…


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Lauren Lum Ho, EdD, MSW, is the Interim Director of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM) Center on Disability Studies (CDS), a research unit in the College of Education. Lum Ho has a background in social work and obtained a doctorate in education in 2023 from the University of Memphis with a focus on instructional design and technology. Lum Ho works across a variety of projects at CDS as an instructional designer to create effective, meaningful online learning environments in alignment with the course content and target audience. Lum Ho is also the instructor for a foundational course in…


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