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Hawaii Department of Education
Special Education Services and Support


special education resources State of Hawaii
Dr. Paul Ban, Director
Debra Farmer, Administrator

Special Education Services Branch
637 18th Avenue, Bldg. C, Rm. 201
Honolulu, HI 96816

Tel: 733-4400
Fax: 733-4841

WWW: doe.k12.hi.us/specialeducation/index.htm

Hawaii Department of Education
Special Needs Services and Support

Special education is provided as required by law (Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA) and Hawaii Administrative Rules Chapter 56). The law guarantees a free appropriate public education (FAPE) which includes a continuum of services for students who are eligible for special education and related services.

A student is eligible to receive special education and related services from the ages of 3 to 20 after meeting the eligibility criteria for one of the disability categories. In addition to meeting the eligibility criteria for one of the disability categories, the student must demonstrate a need for special education and related services. The eligibility categories are:

  • autism
  • deaf-blindness
  • deafness
  • developmental delay
  • emotional disturbance
  • hearing impairment
  • mental retardation
  • multiple disability
  • orthopedic impairment
  • other health impairment
  • specific learning disability
  • speech-language impairment
  • traumatic brain injury
  • visual impairment, including blindness

The web site includes links to schools for children with special needs, rights, and much more.

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