The Special Education Section (SES) of the Department of Education focuses on the need of students with disabilities. Special education is specially designed instruction to meet the unique learning needs of students who require individualized education programs. Special education services (e.g. speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, etc.) may be delivered in a variety of settings based on the student’s needs.
The Hawaiʻi School for the Deaf and Blind (HSDB) is a public education facility that provides statewide services to students that are deaf, blind, and deaf-blind. The HSDB’s array of services are designed to assist each student in the target populations to maximize his or her potential with high expectations of success including support services by uniquely qualified personnel, support for families, post-secondary transition services and adapted educational materials.
The Comprehensive Student Support System (CSSS) provides overarching support to the standards-based curriculum and programs. CSSS is based on the belief that given the appropriate support and interventions, every student will learn and succeed. It links students and families to the resources of the Department of Education, as well as those of their neighborhood, their community and other governmental and private agencies, emphasizing proactive, timely prevention and intervention services.