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Services for Those with Disabilities

CCC News Release

On Nov. 12, the Molokai Community Children’s Council (CCC) put on a workshop regarding data keeping and the importance of data keeping for individuals with disabilities. The speakers were Verna Waikiki for Hawaii Disability Rights Center and Yolanda Tanielu, Parent Co-Chair of Molokai CCC. Yolanda has received state wide recognition for her program of data keeping based on her child with exceptions needs and spoke at the State Planning Proposal meeting several years ago.

Dawn Mains, principal of Molokai Middle School, was critical to the success of this Department of Education (DOE) driven presentation exemplifying the role of DOE and community agencies bonding together to better serve students and their families. Dawn attended joint meetings, gave relevant and helpful suggestions, edited the flyer regarding the workshop, and sent it to students in her school with special needs along with their progress reports. Dawn also offered to provide babysitting services to support the attendance of families with young children.

The workshop regarding data keeping was well attended and received excellent reviews. Comments regarding the informal format with dinner being served and time to interact personally with presenters and well as their hands on knowledge of strategies for success were very rewarding to hear.

The DOE recently put together a Resource Implementation Team, and at Dawn’s request, the CCC was invited to attend. The critical role of identifying support from outside agencies and groups who provide a wide range of services to our students, families and the broader community was emphasized. Together as a community we form an ohana which has a foundation of collaboration and communication.

Dawn’s commitment to her students, her willingness to partner with CCC in the development of this workshop, dissemination of information and attendance through planning and implementation is exemplary of school community cooperation and collaboration.

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