The “I” in IEP Project
In this research project, LDAH trains parent mentors from the community who become known as “Cultural Liaisons.” With ongoing technical support from LDAH personnel, Cultural Liaisons administer a culturally-based intervention to parents and families of IDEA eligible middle school age students throughout the school year. LDAH developed the Cultural Liaison Process Model that allows the Cultural Liaisons and parents to strategize, intervene and facilitate outcomes that empower parent participation, improve parent and school personnel communications and increase students' self advocacy. CDS hopes to prove that this culturally and community based intervention will achieve the intended outcomes.
LDAH provided similar cultural interventions by contract with CDS to benefit high-school age IDEA eligible students, in previous years. This research project also involved the provision of cultural interventions to various indigenous people in Alaska, Utah and Arizona. If you are interested in the results of this research project, be sure to contact us.
LDAH provides Persons in Need (PIN) Grant Awards benefitting eligible children 17 years of age or younger who have a disability or other special needs. Click "Learn More" under PIN Grants to apply for a grant and to learn more about this wonderful opportunity for eligible children in need.
Providing supports needed by the Hawaii Department of Education (HIDOE) to develop and implement standards of excellence for family and community partnership for identified Centers of Educational Excellence.
Promoting family, school and community collaboration and partnerships. Through networking, relationships with community partners are being developed to support and contribute to STC efforts, benefiting parents, students and educators at identified sites.