Hawaii Self-Advocacy Advisory Council

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What is SAAC?

SAAC is an advocacy group that represents people with developmental disabilities. We support leadership, independence, and choice.

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Mission & Work


To raise awareness and the quality of life for all self-advocates through leadership, education, and full participation in the community.

Advocacy Work & Network

We “lead by example” and teach advocacy so people can have the life they want. We are leaders creating change in ourselves, our homes, and our community through independence, choice, decision-making, and speaking up for ourselves. We network with agencies, families, professionals, and other advocates.

Our Advocacy in Action

Here are some of our Advocacy in Action Activities:

  1. We have certified Feeling Safe Being Safe trainers.  We can come to your agency, home, your classroom to provide Emergency Preparedness Training.
  2. We provide advocacy training using the strategy THINK, PLAN, DO; a three-step process of how to make life changing decisions.
  3. We train educators and families using our personal stories on the importance of transition planning and why it is important to attend and have a voice at your own meetings.


What we're Up to:

Day at the Capitol

In the Month of March, SAAC participates in Day at the Capitol. SAAC members bring developmental disability awareness to their legislators as their teams visit

Guide to Healthy Living

Let’s get moving with our Guide to Healthy Living (GHL). This program was shared by the self-advocates at the Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center in California.

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