Learning Disabilities Association of Hawaii (LDAH)

Learning Disabilities Association of Hawaii (LDAH) is a non-profit organization founded in 1968 by parents of children with disabilities.

We are the Parent Training & Information Center (PTI) for the state of Hawaii. It is our mission 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.

LDAH supports parents of children with any disability and the professionals who serve them throughout Hawaii in a variety of ways:

  • Information/Referral
  • Education and Training
  • Mentoring and Advocacy
  • Persons-In-Need (PIN) (small grant awards to benefit children with disabilities)
  • Keiki Screening Project

Training Calendar

Community Events

Employment and Volunteer


CLICK HERE to see data gathered from Hawaii parents’ on Hawaii’s Special Education and Early Intervention programs and services. – Thank you all again for your help with this survey.

    QUESTION: What if a child with Autism is verbally and physically aggressive to others around him? Do YOUR regular disciplinary procedures of time-out, ignoring behavior, or redirection apply?

    ANSWER: Regular discipline can apply only if the child responds positively. You can always use regular discipline as your starting point, but as time will tell, typical disciplinary methods may no longer work. Children with Autism have deficits in language, attention skills, play skills, self-help skills, social skills, executive functioning and may not respond to regular/traditional discipline. A more positive approach would be to determine a child’s likes and dislikes, create a plan that will consistently be used to prevent inappropriate behaviors from occurring.

    Send your questions to the Advocacy Guru! Important NOTE: Your question may be published on this website or within the LDAH Newsletter. If you would rather it wasn’t published, please type DO NOT PUBLISH in the Name Section of your contact. Mahalo.

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