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February is Black History Month

The origins of Black History Month began in 1926 when it was sponsored by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). They initially selected the second week of February as a nod to the birth month of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. This inaugural event went on to inspire communities and schools across the country to organize their own events and become the annual month-long event we all celebrate today. Founder of the ASALH, Carter G. Woodson, also realized the importance of a yearly theme to focus the public’s attention which is a tradition still in practice today. This year’s theme is The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity. Head over to ASALH’s website here to read more.

Early Intervention (EI)

Care coordination is provided for children with referrals to transition to Early Intervention (EI). Our Care Coordinators are team members dedicated to helping families understand their rights under EI services, and how to navigate the evaluation and service planning progress. Care Coordinators are responsible for scheduling periodic planning meetings with your family, monitoring treatment progress and advocating for the right services needed for each family under their care.

When the time comes to transition out of EI services, Care Coordinators are also there to help prepare families for the next phase of treatment.

Be sure to take a look at the websites below for more information on care coordination, along with a few resources on family rights and services under EI:

Home and Community-Based Services

With Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month taking place this March, the Hawaii State Council on Developmental Disabilities will be hosting a Day at the Capitol! This special event is a great opportunity to meet your local legislators online to discuss disability-related issues or concerns and meet others in the community. The event will take place on Thursday, March 4, 2021 from 9am-3pm. To register, click here.

Autism Services

Based on extensive research, Parent-Led ABA puts parents at the forefront of their child’s care, and its goal is to empower parents to make a difference in their children’s future. Our Parent-Led ABA program continues to grow! If you would like to learn more about this type of treatment, please contact Michelle Quiles ([email protected]).

Did you know you can communicate with your treatment team without using email?

  • You can securely send and receive messages through the myBrightlink app!
  • Not only is the Care Team communication feature quick and easy to send messages, you can also share videos and documents directly with your treatment team.
  • MyBrightlink also includes full access to our Parent-Led ABA curriculum, covering all the basics and even advanced topics of ABA through videos, worksheets and more!
  • Reach out to your treatment team for more information on the myBrightlink app.

Have 10 minutes to spare? Take a quick survey from our Easterseals National organization to share how COVID-19 has impacted you. For your time, you could be entered to win a $100 gift card!

For general questions, please reach out to us at [email protected]

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