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Personal Stories

“The Waiver" has changed the lives of many people living in Hawai`i.  It has helped people with developmental disabilities receive the services and support they need to remain in their communities.

Throughout the handbook are stories from some of the people who receive waiver services.  These individuals have agreed to share their stories so that “The Waiver” experience can be seen from different points of view.


John is a 33 year-old man who lives at home with his mother.  He has been receiving waiver services for more than 10 years and currently receives Adult Day Health (ADH) and Habilitation (HAB) services.  Before John began waiver services, his mother said life was dull for him.  John would come home everyday from school or work and go to his room and watch television.  Today, John has a full day of activity that includes working at a pizza parlor, participating in friendly basketball games, swimming, going out to movies and bowling, shopping at the mall and going to restaurants.  He is busy seven days a week and eagerly gets up early every day to prepare for the day ahead.  He has also made a good friend at ADH that he enjoys spending time with.

John’s mother said that the services have really helped both John and her to have an active life that is free from much of the worry and stress that formerly was a daily part of her life.  “The Waiver” services have also relieved much of the financial strain as well.  Prior to receiving waiver services, John’s mother had to pay someone to provide supervision for John while she attended to her job or other responsibilities.

Both John and his mother feel good about waiver services and feel the process to get into “The Waiver” was well worth it.  

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