Federal law requires that States receiving federal funds for special
education establish a State Advisory Panel consisting of parents
of individuals with disabilities, teachers, State officials, and
private schools. Its purpose is to advise the Department of Education
(“DOE”) of unmet needs of students with disabilities and of policies
that should be implemented to address those needs. Hawaii’s official
“Special Education Advisory Council” (“SEAC”) is affiliated with
the Special Parent Information Network (“SPIN”), which is sponsored
by the DOE and the Disability and Communication Access Board of
the Hawaii Department of Health.
HIP-SEAC is not affiliated with SEAC or SPIN. It is an independent
nonprofit corporation organized to provide focused advocacy by
parents of children with disabilities. We believe there is a
pressing need for such advocacy because the DOE has a long history
of refusing to provide special education and related services that
disabled students need to benefit from their education. It continues
to do so to this day.
Our mission is to advocate for equal educational opportunity for
students with disabilities from age 3 to 22 years of age; to improve
the quality of special education and related services that are provided
by the DOE and other State agencies; and to help forge a more cooperative
relationship between the DOE and private special education schools
in Hawaii that improves the education of students with disabilities
and reduces the need for litigation.