Hawaii non-profit conducts training for DYS personnel

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REPRESENTATIVES from the non-profit organization Leadership in Disabilities and Achievement of Hawaii conducted training for the Division of Youth Services-Child Protective Services workers so they can better help and respond to children with special needs.

DYS Director Vivian Sablan said the trainers, Beverly Reidy and Nanea Lo, were on Saipan from Jan. 29 to Feb. 1 to conduct the training.

The Leadership in Disabilities and Achievement of Hawaii or LDAH is the lead agency for the Hawaii and Pacific Island Parent Training and Information Center, and is funded by the Office of Special Education Programs in Washington, D.C.

DYS is a current recipient of LDAH funds to provide services to parents and family members of children with disabilities and youth with disabilities as well as educators and other professionals who serve children with special needs.

The training conducted by LDAH provided additional tools and guidance on how to respond to and work with children with disabilities when conducting forensic interviews, Sablan said.

Seventeen personnel with the Division of Youth Services participated and completed a training on how to conduct forensic interview with children with disabilities.  Contributed photo

In an interview, Beverly Reidy said the training’s goal was to help DYS personnel get the most accurate information from children with disabilities.

“We want to support [DYS] and help them get the children’s story out to end the abuse or neglect that is happening to them,” Reidy said.

She added that they also work with parents with disabilities to make sure that their children are receiving the appropriate education in school.

Seventeen DYS personnel participated in the training.

“We will coordinate follow-up training sessions in the months to come, which will also be inclusive of critical stakeholders who are involved in providing daily services to children and youth with disabilities,” Sablan said.

She added that LDAH funds have been extended to Rota and Tinian and DYS has been networking with community partners in achieving LDAH performance measures.

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