Kahului – The public is invited to join the Maui Disability Alliance at its 18th Annual Legislative Forum on Wednesday, September 24th from 4:30-7:00 pm at the UH Maui College campus. The forum will discuss housing, employment, transportation, and mental health issues impacting those with disabilities. Participants will be able to engage with Maui policymakers, individuals with disabilities, family members, service providers, and other advocates to discuss, list, and prioritize needs and concerns.
The Maui Disability Alliance is comprised of 36 public, private, government and non-profit agencies, the community at large and state-level organizations working together to bring community and political awareness of issues impacting persons with disabilities and to effect positive change.
Candidates who have committed to participate in the forum include: Mayor Alan Arakawa and candidate Tamara Paltin; Council Member, East Maui – Bob Carroll and candidate Nick Nikhilananda; Council Member, West Maui – Elle Cochran and candidate Kaala Buenconsejo; Council Member, Makawao-Haiku-Paia – Mike White and candidate Mike Molina; Council Member, Kahului – Don Guzman; Council Member, Wailuku-Waiheʻe-Waikapu candidate Joe Blackburn; Council Member, Upcountry – Gladys Baisa; Council Member, Molokai Stacey Crivello; State Senator District 5, Gil Keith-Agaran; State Senator District 6, Roz Baker; State Rep. District 8, Joe Souki; State Rep. District 11, Kaniela Ing; State Rep. District 12, candidate Richard Pohle; Governor, candidate Jeff Davis.
The event will start with refreshments and the opportunity to network with other disability advocates, followed by a moderated question and answer panel with candidates, and ending with dessert, evaluations, and continued conversation.
The event is free and open to the public, and will take place on the UHMC campus in the Pilina building’s Multi-Purpose room. For more information, questions or concerns, or those who require access accommodations, please call Rob Tarver at (808) 984-8218 or email MDAmaui2014@gmail.com.