Latest News & Events

Thank you to everyone who came out on Saturday for Scott Suzuki's presentation of "Planning For the Future".  He did a great job and answered a lot of wonderful questions.  For the neighbor island participants, I know the live stream was difficult but after the presentation the upload turned out good..

It can viewed in it's entirety on our YouTube channel by clicking the button below or directly at

Scott's contact information can be found on his website at:

Hope everyone had a good weekend!

Jessica Wong-Sumida
Executive Director
Autism Society of Hawaii

Thank you so much to Principal Laura Vines at Kalihi Kai for sponsoring a great training this past weekend with CJ and Rep. Ryan Yamane. Please see our Facebook page for pictures of the event.  For the participants who were not able to make it there is another 3-day training coming up in April. See the flyer for more details.

Donations are now being accepted for the
2017 Aloha Winter Ball!

This year ASH's Aloha Winter Ball will be at the Manoa Grand Ballroom (Japanese Cultural Center) on 11/11/2017 at 6:00 PM.

To support one student for this event a donation of $35 is needed, and to support an entire table (10 students) a donation of $350 is requested. For some students this Winter Ball gives them the opportunity to practice their skills and courage to then try their regular prom or upcoming dance. For others this will be the only Winter Ball they will attend.

The past years were a huge success through the generous in-kind donations and monetary sponsors from donors such as yourself. We were able to open it all students on Oahu with special needs. The Floral Boutique is again donating a boutonnière for each boy, a wristlet for each girl and the centerpieces for each table. Celebrity Tuxedos was able to offer a discounted tuxedo rental for all the young men and there was a substantial discount from Do’s Formal for the girls. There will be also be a photo booth and other entertainment for the students. Click here to see pictures from 2015.

To make a donation through PayPal, click on the button below or visit our page on Go Fund Me. All donations are appreciated and the families are extremely grateful for this opportunity. Thank you in advance!

Click the image above to watch video.

SPIN Airfare Scholarship Applications

SPIN is happy to announce Airfare Scholarship applications are now available for eligible neighbor island parents and caregivers to attend the SPIN conference on April 22nd. Airfare scholarships are available to parents and caregivers who have a child aged birth to 22 and are receiving either early intervention services or special education and related services in Hawaii. We do have a limited amount of scholarships, so if you’re interested, be sure to click on the picture to the left to download and fill out the form and send it in with your registration as soon as possible. You can also download the forms on our website

FREE Webinars!

PATCH the “Basic Series” is an introduction to providing Family Child Care and a great resource for anyone who wants to start their own small business caring for keiki AND

PATCH the “Infant Toddler Social Emotional Series” teaches us about social emotional wellness and strategies for working with infants and toddlers with challenging behaviors.

These online webinars are now FREE! They used to be $250. Please download or view the fliers for full details - PATCH Infant Toddler Social Emotional Series Winter 2017 Online Flyer & PATCH Basic Series Winter 2017 Online Flyer.

Early Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, & Treatment (EPSDT) for Medicaid¬ Enrolled Individuals Under 21 Years of Age

Revised: October 2016 (Clarify Autism Services). Please forward to your networks and share with others who may find it of interest.

Download details here or visit

April 7th and 8th at the Pagoda Hotel - Wrightslaw Special Education Advocacy 2-Day Bootcamp Sponsored By LD-ADHD Center of Hawaii

Parents, educators, advocates and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities. The program is not disability specific.

Early Bird Rate is $230.00 until Febuary 15, 2017. Regular Bootcamp Rate after Febuary 15, 2017 is $250.00. Sign up to attend :here:

Aloha Super Friends & Families! You can now register for our 31st Annual SPIN Conference to be held on April 22, 2017. Our theme this year is “Superheroes of SPIN”!

For more information Call: 808-586-8126.

Email:, or visit

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Did you know that Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase to Autism Society Of Hawaii?

Smile.Amazon logoAmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to Autism Society of Hawaii.

To support this Autism Society Of Hawaii, always shop at  Mahalo!


Autism Society of Hawai`i presents… Sensory Friendly Films $10 Sponsorship

Please click the link above to become a sponsor. Mahalo.


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For Immediate Release

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide by June 2017 what kind of educational benefit school districts must provide to children with disabilities.

  In 1982, the Court ruled in the Rowley case that IEPs must provide “some educational benefit.”  Some courts have interpreted that phrase as requiring only “more than de minimis,” while others require a “meaningful benefit.”  The case is Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District.  An article discussing the case is available at

Dr. Ryan Lee, President and Dennis Maher, Vice President of Autism Society of Hawaii appeared on KAAH-TV 26 – to Share Insights on Autism Awareness!

Medical and Parental Perspectives on Autism in Hawaii - with Dr. Ryan Lee, President and Dennis Maher, Vice President of Autism Society of Hawaii and Athena Sorensen, KAAH-TV 26 Host.

Dr. Ryan Lee, President and Dennis Maher, Vice President of Autism Society of Hawaii appeared on KAAH-TV 26 with host Athena Sorensen, in a two-part recording about Autism in Hawaii.

In the first part, Dr. Lee shared a medical definition, and answered questions about diagnoses and therapy. In the second part, Dennis Maher, gave the an equally important parent perspective on parenting an autistic child and what is needed from our community. Please be sure to check out both videos!