resources across hawaii
Never Quit Dreaming has provided a resource page, to help families in Hawaii with their everyday challenges.
Resources are options for families and NQD does not endorse any one organization, or service over another..
Assistive Technology Resources Center
Assistive Technology Resources Center of Hawaii provides state of the art technological devices to assist your child with their learning challenges. One of the major events ARTC runs is a two day session called “Camp Cool” that allows children with challenges to learn about computers applications, digital photography and animation. Register in advance as camps tend to fill up fast.
Brain Gym® International
Brain Gym® International is committed to the principle that moving with intention leads to optimal learning. Through our outstanding instructors and movement-based programs, we empower all ages to reclaim the joy of living.
The EEG Info Directory is an online network of qualified Neurofeedback practitioners. All providers included in this listing have completed a Clinical Course in Neurofeedback and have a license or certification in a healthcare profession. The image will take you to a list of providers who practice Neurofeedback in Hawaii.
NQD has complied a list of easy to access and navigate resources for your child's reading and comprehension struggles. To access this list click the learn more button below.
The Learning Disabilities Association of Hawaii
The Learning Disabilities Association of Hawaii supports parents of children with any disability in the state of Hawaii. The Disabilities Association of Hawaii offers the following programs: Hawaii PTI (Providing Training and Information), School Readiness Project, and Persons in Need Grant Scholarships.
The International Dyslexia Assocaition - Hawaii Branch
Hawaii Branch Dyslexia Association provides support to increase awareness of dyslexia in our community, provide support for dyslexics, families and educators, promote teacher training, and improve literacy for struggling readers.
Abilities Unlimited assists individuals with disabilities in securing employment and provides related services to assist them reach their full potential so they can lead productive and self-reliant lives. Abilities Unlimited is composed of four programs: the Employment Program, the Medicaid Waiver Program, the Travel Training Program, and the AmeriCorps Program
Aloha Independent Living
Aloha Independent Living provides independent living programs and services for those with disabilities. They provide services on Big Island, Maui, Molokai, Oahu, and Kauai
Comprehensive Service Center (CSC
The Comprehensive Service Center (CSC) is funded by the Hawai‘i State Legislature and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation through a contract with the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Center on Disability Studies (CDS). The CSC offers a variety of educational classes, summer youth programs, and a one-stop referral service for people who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or Deaf-Blind.
Epilepsy Foundation of Hawaii
Epilepsy Foundation of Hawaii provides programs, services and resources to those individuals/families faced with Epilepsy.
Hawaii and Pacific Deaf-Blind Project
Hawaii and Pacific Deaf-Blind Project provides technical assistance to children and youth who are deaf-blind, birth through 21 years of age, and to their families and service providers here in Hawai‘i and outlying Pacific Islands (American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia (Kosrae, Pohnpei, Chuuk, and Yap), Guam, Republic of Palau and Republic of the Marshall Islands)
Department of Health - Hawaii
State of Hawaii – Developmental Disabilities Division aims provide services as your child grows. An individual service plan (ISP) can be developed that will essential support the individuals needs for the rest of their life. The key is to start early to ensure the necessary services are in place.
Department of Human Services - Hawaii
State of Hawaii – Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is a state-federal program for individuals who require assistance to prepare for, secure, retain or regain employment. They administer three programs: Statewide Independent Living Programs, Ho’opono Services for the Blind and Employment training
K.E.L.I.I Foundation is dedicated to creating a supportive community, in helping children and young adults with genetic and neurodevelopment disorders to have a higher quality of life and to thrive and to grow in a nurturing environment.
SECOH provides personalized services to people with disabilities in the spirit of enriching lives. SECOH offers services that include: Adult Day Health, Adult Day Care, Personal Assistance and Respite.
The Arc in Hawaii
The Arc in Hawaii offers services for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities . The Arc Hawaii offers programs which include adult day health, employment and residential.
Assistance Dogs of Hawaii
Assistance Dogs of Hawaii provides children and adults with professionally trained dogs to increase their independence and improve their quality of life.
Autism Bridges Maui
Autism Bridges Maui, centers around helping families find support, educate themselves on their children with autism, and finding ways to heal and move forward.
Autism Foundation of Hawaii
Autism Foundation of Hawaii 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.
Autism Society of Hawaii
Autism Society of Hawaii serves Hawaii families who have been touched by autism and autism spectrum disorders.
Best Buddies – Hawaii
Best Buddies – Hawaii builds ever lasting friendships with one-to-one pairing with people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Brain Injury Association of Hawaii
Brain Injury Association of Hawaii is dedicated to serve those affected by brain injury through advocacy, education, prevention and support.
Down Syndrome Ohana of Hawaii
Down Syndrome Ohana of Hawaii is dedicated to supporting families who have children with Down Syndrome.
Easter Seals Hawaii
Easter Seals Hawaii provides exceptional, individualized, family-centered services to empower people with disabilities or special needs to achieve their goals and live independent, fulfilling lives.
Exceptional Families Member Program
Exceptional Families Member Program (EFMP) is specific for active duty members in the Army. They provide comprehensive support to family members with special needs. EFMP takes an all-inclusive approach to coordinate military and civilian community, educational, medical, housing, and personnel services to help Soldiers and their Families with special needs.
Hands & Voices Hawaii
Hands & Voices Hawaii is dedicated to supporting families with children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing without a bias towards communication modes or methodology.
Hilopa‘a Family to Family Health Information Center
The Hilopa‘a Family to Family Health Information Center is your one-stop for information and referral, technical assistance and training. They provide free, confidential assistance to families raising children and youth with special health needs, self advocates and the professionals who serve them.
Help, Understanding, & Group Support (HUGS)
Help, Understanding, & Group Support offers programs designed to improve the quality of life for families who care for a serious ill child.
'Imi Ola Autism Services
'Imi Ola Autism Services provides ABA services to families affected by autism on the Leeward Coast of O'ahu. They are located in the heart of Wai'anae to accomodate early learners, school aged keiki and teens. They offer assessment services, ABA therapy, ohana training and community based interventions to empower children with autism, their families, and their local communities.
Imua Family Services
Imua Family Services provide family centered, therapeutic services for infants, toddlers and preschool children, from birth to age six and their families.
Malama Pono Autism Center
Malama Pono Autism Center offers support through home and clinic base services and care coordination.
Make-A-Wish Hawaii Chapter
Make-A-Wish Hawaii Chapter grants the wish of a child who is threatened by a life threatening medical condition.
Side by Side
Side by Side is a parent support group for parents whose children have learning disabilities. Every month they feature a speaker from the learning disabilities community to educate parents on various topics of interest.
Special Parent Information Network (SPIN) Hawaii
Special Parent Information Network (SPIN) Hawaii is a parent to parent organization that provides information, support and referrals to the parents of children/young adults with disabilities. One of/ if not, the largest network in Hawaii dedicated to children with special needs. The parent to parent network assists families navigate through the complex world of raising a child/young adult with special needs in Hawaii.
Talk About Curing Autism
Talk About Curing Autism offers support groups to families who are faced with ASD. TACA offers coffee talks throughout the year, as well as Live Chat sessions for immediate assistance.
HeartBeat is a special free dance program for intellectually challenged individuals. It consists of approximately 30 students paired with a volunteer dancer for one-on-one instruction.
AccesSurf Hawaii offers an amazing opportunity that allows people with disabilities a chance to experience the rush of surfing. AccesSurf Hawaii offers two programs: “Day at the Beach” and “Wounded Warrior”.
American Youth Soccer Organization - Hawaii
VIP (Very Important Person) is a program sponsored by American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) to allow children with special needs the opportunity to participate, learn and play Soccer.
Therapeutic Horseback Riding, Animal-Assisted Therapy/Activities, Humane Animal Education & Horsemanship for Military Veterans. They engage in charitable, educational, and scientific work of a public nature involving the establishment and operation of an equestrian and animal center for therapeutic treatment, education and nurturing of challenged individuals.
Hawaii Adaptive Paddling Association
Hawaii Adaptive Paddling Association allows children with special needs to enjoy canoe paddling in a safe, controlled environment.
Manawale’a Riding Center
Manawale’a Riding Center creates a safe nurturing environment for children with special needs to experience the love and bonding with horses.
Maui Youth Ranch
Maui Youth Ranch creates a nurturing environment, using equine therapy for adults & children with emotional, physical and/or cognitive special needs. Maui Youth Ranch is also a rescue facility for abused and neglected horses.
Mililani Town Association
Mililani Town Association offers Swim Classes for children with special needs or those diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Classes will be 1-on-1 with an instructor for 30 minutes.
PONY Baseball - Champions League
The states of Hawaii's first ever Baseball program dedicated towards children with special needs. Season commences once a year in the Fall.
Sounding Joy Music Therapy
Sounding Joy Music Therapy is Hawaii’s only non-profit organization dedicated to music therapy. Sounding Joy uses of music to address behavioral, social, psychological, communicative, sensory-motor, and/or cognitive functioning.
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 disabilities.
Therapeutic Horsemanship of Hawaii
Therapeutic Horsemanship of Hawaii is located in Waimanalo on the Island of Oahu. They are a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) premier accredited center offering therapeutic riding. They also have a program in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island.