Monthly Archives: September 2015

Hawaii Disability Rights Center (HDRC)


Hawaii Disability Rights logoThe Hawaii Disability Rights Center is the designated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) System and Client Assistance Program (CAP) for Hawaii’s estimated 180,000 residents with disabilities.  P&A systems are authorized by Congress in each state and territory of the United States to defend and enforce the human, civil and legal rights of people with disabilities and to protect them from discrimination.

It is the policy of HDRC to advocate for as many people with disabilities in the State of Hawaii, on as wide a range of disability rights issues, as resources allow; and to resolve rights violations with the lowest feasible level of intervention; but, if necessary to also provide full legal representation to protect the rights of people with disabilities, consistent with authorizing statutes and Center priorities.

HDRC has the authority to represent individuals when:

The individual has a disability, as defined in the CAP or P&A programs; the individual meets the eligibility criteria as defined in the CAP or P&A programs; and the individual has a problem that has resulted from or is related to the disability; and the individual’s problem is within HDRC’s current Client Services priorities.

HDRC has organized it’s “universe” of issues in which they may protect and advocate for the human, civil, and legal rights of people with disabilities to: Care and Treatment, Citizenship, Education, Employment, Freedom of Association, Housing, Justice, as well as Programs and Services.  HDRC develops annual Client Service Priorities that are issues that are given preferences in our application, screening and selection process.

HDRC programs Include:

Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities (PADD)

Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI)

Protection and Advocacy for Individual Rights (PAIR)

Protections and Advocacy for [Individuals in Need of] Assistive Technology (PAAT)

Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS)

Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (PATBI)

Protection and Advocacy for Voter Access (PAVA)

More information can be found at Hawaii Disability Rights Center‘s website


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Aloha United Way 211 Resource


UnitedWay_logoFor 96 years, Aloha United Way has mobilized the caring power of our community to make a difference in Hawaii by helping our community identify and work together to solve our most pressing problems. Aloha United Way’s work is about improving the lives of the people in our community. We collaborate with businesses, government and nonprofits to take a collective approach to addressing community issues.

As an efficient, effective fundraiser for hundreds of local nonprofits, Aloha United Way provides those who want to support collective and sustainable impact with a trusted, transparent and meaningful way to invest in addressing critical issues in our community. Aloha United Way monitors the community impact goals, progress and financials of its partner agencies to ensure dollars are invested wisely to create sustainable and scalable impact.

Aloha United Way has created a 211 line to help consumers search through available statewide resources in Hawaii.  These categories of resources include:

Food, Clothing, and Household Goods, Housing and Shelter, Housing Expenses, Utilities, and Transportation, Health Care and Services, Mental Health, Substance Abuse , Children/ Youth/ Teen and Family, Employment, Training, and Commerce, Education, Disaster/ Emergency, Legal, Victim Services, Government Services, Seniors, Disabilities, Military and Veterans, Donations and Volunteer Opportunities , and Recreation

You have the ability to customize your search based on your location, age, and gender in order to find resources that are most relevant.  You are also able to look up specific agencies and services through this portal as well.

These services are available on Aloha United Way‘s website.

CMs: Take the quiz on Survey Monkey, and be entered into a the drawing at the next CER Quarterly Awards or ongoing training!