The 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