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:

Committees, Advisory Groups, and Boards

“Nothing About Us, Without Us” rings true for SAAC members. They participate in committees such as No Wrong Door; My Choice, My Way—the HCBS Final

Community Engagement

SAAC focuses on access and opportunities for its members. Events through the year offer a wide variety of activities that support members interests, talents, and

Exploring Opportunities

Career and Business Club SAAC Members arrange a visit to a business in the Community. They learn about the work environment and different jobs. Visits

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