Transition Education and Benefits Planning is a project of the UH Manoa Center on Disability Studies (CDS) funded by the Hawaii Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). Our goal is to enable people with disabilities to make informed choices and a successful transition to self-sufficiency. All referrals to the project must come through DVR counselors.

The project has two components: Transition Education and Disability Benefits Planning.

Transition Education

The goal of Transition Education is to assist Hawaii students with disabilities to successfully transition from high school to postsecondary education and employment. Students with disabilities and their parents can participate by contacting their school’s Transition Coordinator.

Our staff will conduct Transition Planning Workshops for students and families in Hawaii school districts. The 90-minute presentation will cover four topic areas:

  • Benefits Planning
  • Financial Literacy
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Disability Disclosure

View Transition Planning Workshop Agenda

Disability Benefits Planning

Disability Benefits Planning provides detailed information about how disability benefits are affected by employment. A DVR Counselor can refer to Disability Benefits Planning.

There are three benefits planning services:

  1. Benefits Orientation Presentation
  2. Individualized Benefits Counseling Session
  3. Written Benefits Analysis

How to Enroll

To participate, speak to your DVR Counselor or Transition Coordinator.

If you are not currently a DVR client, you can contact your nearest DVR office using the contact information provided on their web site:


You can contact the Transition Education and Benefits Planning staff using the information below.

Phone: (808) 956-9353
Fax: (808) 956-7750
Email: [email protected]