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July is a special time of year as it’s Disability Pride Month! Recognizing the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act into law on July 26, 1990, the historic legislation that guarantees equal opportunities for people with disabilities is indeed a time to celebrate. In addition to celebrating over 30 years of federal protections for individuals with disabilities, there’s still a nice chunk of summer still ahead of us all. Take a look at what’s new this month at Easterseals Hawaii...

Please reach out to us at [email protected] with questions.

Early Intervention (EI)

Great news! COVID-19 Vaccinations are now available for children 6 months of age and older! Learn more about COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens and read on for more information. The CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccines for everyone 6 months and older and boosters for everyone 5 years and older, if eligible. If you would like additional information on vaccinating children with developmental delays and/or underlying medical conditions, the CDC’s website has a helpful page with strategies to improve COVID-19 vaccine accessibility for children with special healthcare needs and they also have a Frequently Asked Questions section on their website. The State of Hawaii also has an online Vaccination Portal to help families find vaccination sites in their geographic area.

“We Wish You Well” – An ESH Family Story

“Easterseals Early Intervention Zero to 3 was the jumpstart program that I was in search of after observing a speech delay in my children. My family was partnered with Alyssa & Alisa from the Kapolei Early Intervention Program. Throughout the program, Alyssa consistently displayed an incredible amount of regard and understanding when discussing the concerns and future goals of my children. She always ensured that our needs were being met and conducted follow-up meetings to keep me updated on my children's progress. From our first virtual session to our last, Alisa has been an absolute godsend throughout this struggle. Her displays of patience, compassion and encouragement have gone exceedingly beyond my expectations. Alisa has shared her knowledge of "how-to" with me so that I may help my children at home and the results have been miraculous! Both Alyssa & Alisa have showcased dedication to my family and genuine care from beginning to end. It has been a pleasure beyond measure to have worked with this team. Therefore, we wish you well, Alyssa & you both continue to help others as you both have helped us.”

- Tatiana K.

The Exceptional Family Member Program

The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) supports military and qualifying service members and their families with exceptionalities. Did you know that if your family is active duty or a qualifying service member, and your child qualifies for early intervention services based on a special education developmental delay, you may qualify for assistance through your military EFMP program? To enroll, you’ll need to fill out a DD2792 and DD2792-1 form. Your child’s Early Intervention Care Coordinator can help you complete the forms and submit them!

Sensitive Storytime for Military Families

Friday, August 12th, 2022, from 3-4pm, EFMP will be partnering with the Library and New Parent Support Program to bring you Sensory-Friendly Storytime. Participants must have base access. Click here to register!

Home and Community-Based Services

Did you catch ESH featured in MidWeek in your mailbox on July 6th? Easterseals Hawaii’s Adult Day Health program participant, Nate, and program manager, Alexa, from our Ewa Beach location, were featured on the front cover with an incredible story about the importance of community integration, personal independence and the perks of trying new things.

Read the full story online!

Autism Services

We’d like to extend a big, warm welcome to the two latest BCBAs on the ESH team!

  • Kristen Solomon, who joined our team on July 5th
  • Amanda Bolgren, who rejoined our team on June 7th

You can learn more about the ESH ABA Services Team by visiting and meet some of the people delivering services to families like yours.We’d like to extend a big, warm welcome to the two latest BCBAs on the ESH team!

Community Events – SPIN Conference

Parents and caregivers can join the 36th annual conference from SPIN Hawaii coming this October! This hybrid event gives attendees a mix of in-person and virtual workshops and a resource fair with lots of networking opportunities and resources. Take a look at their flyer here, and register at!

ESH Office Closures

All Easterseals Hawaii services will be closed on the following days:

  • Friday, August 19 — Statehood Day
  • Monday, September 5 — Labor Day

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

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