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For Parents

Below are some great resources for families recommended by the NW Special Education Team!
Special Parent Information Network (SPIN) is a network of resources, support, and information for families with children who have special needs. It also has information for the "Footsteps to Transition" event.
The Hawaii Autism Foundation (HAF) educates and helps Hawaii families find and fund treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and develop resources that will assure our children have the tools and transitional support they need to reach their full potential and thrive as adults.
There can be many acronyms used in Special Education and at times it can feel overwhelming! Here is a resource for commonly used acronyms in education and what they mean.
Sign up for the Special Olympics Hawaii newsletter and ways that you can get involved!
The Community Children’s Council serve children and families including those with disabilities and mental health needs through collaborative partnerships. 
The Hawaii Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) provides services to Hawai`i community members who experience barriers to employment due to a physical or cognitive disability.  DVR is designed to assist job seekers with disabilities prepare, secure, and retain competitive employment in an integrated work setting.
This is a menu of evidence-based interventions for youth. It was made to help guide families, practitioners, educators, and kids in developing appropriate plans using psychosocial interventions.
Resources & Information from Hawaiipublicschools.org

Individualized Education Program

An IEP is a written statement about the educational program for a child with a disability. It serves as a management tool used to ensure that the child receives the needed special education and related services. It also serves as an evaluation device when used to determine the extent of the child's progress toward accomplishing projected goals. It includes: 

  • a statement of the child's present levels of educational performance;
  • a statement of annual goals, including short-term instructional objectives;
  • a statement of the specific special education and related services to be provided;
  • the extent that the child will be able to participate in regular educational programs;
  • the projected dates for initiation of services and the anticipated duration of the services; and
  • appropriate objective criteria and evaluation procedures and schedules for determining, on at least an annual basis, whether the objectives are being achieved.
  • Community Children's Councils: A partnership of parents, school personnel, private providers and other community members, coordinated by the Department, who are concerned with the delivery of services and support to special needs children and families. 
  • Disability & Communication Access Board: For persons with disabilities (Department of Health).
  • Learning Disabilities Association of Hawaii: The Parent Training & Information Center (PTI) for the state of Hawaii. Its mission is 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. 
  • Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC)​: A diverse group of individuals with expertise on all aspects affecting special education and related issues. Membership includes a majority of parents of children with disabilities, as well as teachers, administrators, representatives from the Department of Heath and the Department of Human Services, and others.​
  • Special Parent Information Network (SPIN): Information, support and referral to parents of children and young adults with disabilities and the professionals who serve them (sponsored by DOH/Department).​
  • Hawaii Autism Foundation: The mission of the Hawaii Autism Foundation is to educate and help Hawaii families find and fund treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorders. 
  • Chapter 60 Guidelines​: A side-by-side table meant to provide clarification and additional information to the Hawaii Administrative Rules, Chapter 60.​​