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U.S. Department of Justice Seeks Comments on the Accessibility of State and County Websites (ADA Title II)

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is asking for comments from people with disabilities who use State and county internet sites. The Disability and Communication Access Board (DCAB) has been meeting with various groups to explain what the rules are and how to make comments. However, all members of the public are encouraged to submit their own comments. DCAB has even developed a form letter you can use to submit comments. Some examples of state websites include the: • Hawaii

DCAB Continuing Education Program (CEP) Interpreter Workshop Survey Results

DCAB has been offering Continuing Education Program (CEP) Workshops. The goal is to give Hawaii Quality Assurance System (HQAS) interpreters the opportunity to improve their interpreting skill level for the Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, and Deaf-Blind consumers who utilize sign language as their primary means of communication. In June 2016, the Disability and Communication Access Board (DCAB) sent out an online survey to the sign language interpreter community. The survey asked about workshop dates, topics, presenters, and fees. In total, 46 individuals

Professional Development Workshop

On July 29-30, 2016, DCAB hosted a Continuing Education Program (CEP) professional development workshop for interpreters in the State of Hawaii. The guest speaker was Jennifer Johnson. Ms. Johnson has a Master’s Degree in Education and holds several RID credentials including CI, CT, and NIC. She is the designated interpreter for Jane Fernandez, President of Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina. The topic for Friday was, “Ethics, Culture and Language: Managing Our Work Through the Demand Control Schema.” This workshop

Communication Access Workshop Series

The Disability and Communication Access Board (DCAB) hosted a three free workshops on communication access for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind persons. The Pacific Disabilities Center provided space for the workshops. It is important for individuals to know their rights so they can better understand if those rights have been met or violated. These workshops were designed to educate attendees. The first workshop was held on July 20, 2016. Emily Jo Noschese presented “Effective Communication in an Emergency,” which

New Administrators at the Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Blind

In July 2016, Dr. Angel Ramos and Mr. Steve Laracuente were introduced as the new Principal and Vice Principal of the Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Blind (HSDB), respectively. This is the first time since 1995 – over  two decades – that the school is being led by administrators who are Deaf. In Ramos and Laracuente, HSDB gets administrators who bring to the table a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of Deaf education. Before retiring

Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland: Champion

If there is one word the Hawaii Deaf community uses to describe Hawaii Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland, it is this: Champion. After deciding not to seek re-election, the 2017 session will mark the first time in 26 years that the state legislature will be without the Champion affectionately known as “Susie.” Chun Oakland’s relationship with the Deaf community is a special one. It can be traced back to her time as a student at Lanikila Elementary School, where she befriended

In the Spotlight – Linda Lambrecht

Photo: Linda Lambrecht addresses the audience during the 3rd International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation held at UH Manoa in 2013 As one of the longest-tenured members and advocates of the Hawai’i Deaf community, Linda Lambrecht has seen her share of milestones. For years she has been a staple with the Aloha State Association of the Deaf (ASAD), the state affiliate of the nation’s premier civil rights organization of, by, and for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing individuals. She has taught American

Pacific Disabilities Center Hosts Entrepreneurship Workshop for Current and Aspiring Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Business Owners

Photo: Participants of the entrepreneurship workshop hosted by PDC present their design ideas to workshop facilitators. In May 2016, the Pacific Disabilities Center (PDC) hosted a special entrepreneurship workshop for current and aspiring Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing business owners. The outcome was an eye-opening experience for those on hand. Each person who attended said this was their first experience attending an entrepreneurial workshop tailored for a cohort of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing participants. The result was a demand for future opportunities to build

GEM Partners with the No Vote No Grumble Campaign to Register and Educate Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Voters

Photo: Members of the Hawaii Deaf Community pose for a photo at a voter registration drive hosted on July 11, 2016. (Photo courtesy of the No Vote No Grumble campaign) Disinterest in political issues and low voter turnouts have long been challenges for all of Hawaii, and that includes the Deaf community. This is true in just about all places, not only Hawai’i. The Georgia E. Morikawa Center (GEM) believes that individuals who are Deaf, hard-of-hearing, and Deafblind should be empowered to become


Photo: Members of the Hawaii Deaf Community pose with Governor David Ige (center, in lime-green shirt) after he signed Senate Bill 2476 into law on June 30, 2016. (Photo courtesy of the Office of the Governor) On June 30, 2016, Governor David Ige signed Senate Bill 2476 into law. The measure, authored by Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland (Senate District 13), establishes a working group tasked with examining, researching, and making recommendations regarding issues that impact early language acquisition in Deaf,

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