Resources

Find links for websites and organizations related to the subject of autism below. Hawaii Autism Foundation does not endorse any of the listings; they are provided for research and exploration purposes only.

KAHUMANA LEARNING CENTER
Kahumana provides services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities on both Windward and Leeward, Oahu.

AUTISM SOCIETY OF HAWAII

The Autism Society of Hawaii serves families and individuals touched by autism and autism spectrum disorders. They are the local chapter of the National Autism Society headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland.

TALK ABOUT CURING AUTISM (TACA) – HAWAII

TACA -Hawaii, local chapter of TACA national, a non-profit foundation providing information, resources, and support to families affected by autism. For families who have just received the autism diagnosis, TACA aims to speed up the cycle time from the autism diagnosis to effective treatments. TACA helps to strengthen the autism community by connecting families and the professionals who can help them, allowing them to share stories and information to help people with autism be the best they can be.

EASTER SEALS OF HAWAII

Easter Seals Hawaii has been providing services to infants, children and
adults with disabilities and other special needs, and support to their families since 1946.

Hawaii Fi-Do Service Dogs

Hawaii Fi-Do is dedicated to providing quality trained assistance dogs to the disabled community of Hawaii.

LEARNING DISABILITY ASSOCIATION OF HAWAII

The Parent Training & Information Center (PTI) for the state of Hawaii, the mission of the Learning Disability Association of Hawaii 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.

SACRED HEALING ARTS

LEVIN EDUCATION ACCESS PROJECT OVERVIEW (LEAP)

Levin Education Access Project’s primary purpose is to provide much needed education and advocacy to children and families facing disabilities. LEAP is organized around the principle that all children have a right to reach their full potential and that the proven way to realize that promise is through appropriate education.

HAWAII DISABILITY RIGHTS CENTER

The Hawaii Disability Rights Center informs and advises clients and applicants of all available benefits under the Rehabilitation Act, including assistance and advocacy in pursuing legal, administrative, or other appropriate remedies to ensure the protection of their rights under the Rehabilitation Act, through individual and systemic advocacy.
They are especially helpful with regard to individuals with disabilities who have traditionally been un-served or under-served by vocational rehabilitation programs. They also provide assistance and advocacy with respect to services that are directly related to facilitating the employment of these individuals.

CENTER ON DISABILITY STUDIES

The Interdisciplinary Certificate in Disability and Diversity Studies (DDS)
is a 15 credit graduate level (master’s, doctoral, and post-doctoral) program sponsored by the Center on Disability Studies (CDS) in the College
of Education.

HILOPA‘A FAMILY TO FAMILY HEALTH INFORMATION CENTER

As a parent or a caregiver of someone with special health care needs, you are often the ho’okele or steersman navigating through the health care system. Often times, there’s no map to help you figure out your next step. The Hilopa’a F2FHIC is here to help you. We are staffed by “veteran moms” who are prepared to give you the kokua you need to guide your family’s canoe through the sometimes turbulent waters to good health.

Experience compassionate, individualized care for your loved one with special needs through a holistic biomedical approach by a MAPS trained physician.

ACCESS SURF

AccesSurf empowers people with disabilities by providing adaptive surfing instruction and therapeutic educational programs on water recreation and enriches lives by assisting families to access the beach and ocean in a barrier free environment.

BEST BUDDIES

The mission of Best Buddies is to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

SPECIAL OLYMPICS HAWAII

Special Olympics Hawaii provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

THERAPEUTIC HORSEMANSHIP OF HAWAII

Therapeutic Horsemanship improves the life of an individuals mind and body using horses as a tool. Sessions include grooming, saddling, riding and learning all about horses.

HAWAII EQUINE ASSISTED REFLECTION AND THERAPY (HEART)

MANAWALE’A RIDING CENTER

A safe nurturing environment where children with special needs, indigent children or those from specialty groups will experience the unconditional love and bonding horses provide. Manawale’a Riding Center teaches keiki grooming, handling and riding through safe horsemanship practices.
The expected benefits include improved self-confidence and self-discipline, enhanced physical fitness and coordination, and increased empathy for and the trust in animals and humans.

SPIN

The Special Parent Information Network (SPIN) is a parent to parent organization in Hawaii that provides information, support and referral to parents of children and young adults with disabilities and the professionals who serve them.

National Resources

ARKANSAS AUTISM CLINIC

One of the largest pediatric medical centers in the nation, Arkansas Children’s Hospital offers multi-specialty treatment services for children with a formal diagnosis of Autism/Asperger/PDD-NOS. Specialty services include gastroenterology, nutrition, genetics and genetic counseling, neurology and sleep disorders; other specialists available as needed.

AUTISM SOCIETY OF AMERICA

Autism Society of America (ASA) is a leading voice and resource for education, advocacy, services, research and support for the Autism community.

AUTISM SPEAKS

Dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism, raising public awareness and bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder.

AUTISM TREATMENT NETWORK

ATN’s mission is to create a “gold standard” of medical treatment that will be made broadly available to physicians, researchers, parents, policy makers and others dedicated to enhancing the care of individuals with autism.

HEALTHY CHILD

Healthy Child’s mission is to inform parents and all those concerned with the welfare of children about preventable health and development problems caused by exposures to toxic substances in homes, schools and communities, and to encourage the public to take action to protect children against toxic threats.

NATIONAL AUTISM ASSOCIATION

This advocacy group works to raise awareness of autism spectrum disorders, supporting the belief that environmental toxins are causative factors and autism is biomedically definable and treatable.

TALK ABOUT CURING AUTISM (TACA)

Provides resources and support to families affected by autism by connecting families with professionals and helping to strengthen the autism community by encouraging them to share stories and information.