Learning Disabilities Association of Hawaii
To enhance education, work and life opportunities for children and youth with disabilities by empowering them and their families through information, training and mentoring, and by public outreach and advocacy.
The Hawaii PTI: LDAH is the Parent Training and Information Center for the state of Hawaii. Since 1990, The PTI has been supported by grants from the U.S. Department of Education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004). Through this project, parents of children with disabilities and the professionals who serve them are provided support, training and advocacy services. The primary goal of The PTI is to ensure children with disabilities receive a Free Appropriate Public Education.
Ekolu Eha Ike Pono: Through this collaborative School Readiness Project, LDAH provides free developmental, social emotional, hearing and vision screenings for 2 – 5 year old keiki on Oahu to improve school readiness of children entering kindergarten. Parents are trained on early childhood health and development and provided case management as needed.
Community Children’s Council Office: Through this Parent Training Contract with the Hawaii Department of Education, LDAH provides training on Special Education related topics for the 17 Community Children’s Councils and Community members Statewide to benefit children with disabilities.
Persons in Need (PIN): By contract with Hawaii Community Foundation, Learning Disabilities Association of Hawaii administers a PIN Program, which makes financial awards to benefit children with serious medical conditions and special needs. PIN applications are reviewed and financial awards are made throughout the year as funds are available.
Center on Disability Studies – The “I” in IEP Project: In this research project, LDAH develops and administers a culturally based parent training intervention through “cultural liaisons” to the parents of middle-school aged IDEA eligible students designed to improve student self-advocacy and efficacy of IEP meetings.
Hawaii Justice Foundation (HJF): With funding from HJF, LDAH provides support, resources, information, training, technical assistance or advocacy to parents of children with disabilities who are also involved in the juvenile justice system.