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:

Feeling Safe, Being Safe

Feeling Safe, Being Safe (FSBS) is an emergency preparedness program created by self-advocates in California and adopted by SAAC. There are 25 certified FSBS trainers

Best Buddies – UH Manoa Chapter

Best Buddies Hawaii creates opportunities for one-to-one friendship, integrated employment and leadership skill building for individuals with developmental disabilities. SAAC helped to create the University

Advocacy in Action

The membership hosted their Leadership Summit on May 30, 2018. Over 130 SAAC members from all 7 chapters attended the event. During the activities, Office

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