The information presented below is a brief overview of this state's special education support system. Please contact the state education agency or follow the included links for more detailed information.

Educational definitions of disabilities

  • Autism - consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • Intellectual disability - consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act but specifies that deficits in two adaptive skill areas must be identified
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - uses emotional disability and is consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

More information is available at eligibility regulations (Section 8-60-39).

Numbers of students with disabilities served

For the 2012 child count, Hawaii reported the following:

  • Autism - 1,474 students, fourth highest among disability populations
  • Intellectual disability - 1,133 students, fifth highest among disability populations
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - 1,089 students, sixth highest among disabilities populations

Support service structure

Hawaii's seven school districts (Central, Hawaii, Honolulu, Kauai, Leeward, Maui and Windward) are part of the Hawaii Department of Education. Special education services are coordinated by Hawaii Department of Education, Special Education. A more detailed overview is provided at special education.

Task force

The Autism Spectrum Disorders Benefits and Coverage Task Force produced this 2009 report, including recommendations.

Statewide disability clearinghouse

Hawaii does not have a statewide disability clearinghouse.

Disability scholarship program

Hawaii does not have a disability scholarship program.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

Hawaii has not enacted legislation related to insurance coverage specifically for autism spectrum disorder-related services.

TRICARE-approved applied behavior analysis providers

As of May 2013, Hawaii had 69 supervisors (direct service providers) and 504 tutors (assistants requiring supervision to provide services).

Parent training and information center

Learning Disabilities Association of Hawaii is Hawaii's parent training and information center.

Secondary transition resources

Information and resources related to secondary transition in Hawaii are available at secondary transition.

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission

Hawaii is a member of the Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission.

Special education resources

Information on resources for families is available from the local schools and the parent training and information center listed above. Additional information is provided at Special Parent Information Network.

Military education resources

Information and resources specifically identified for military-connected families in Hawaii may be found at military education resources and military families.

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