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In the Spotlight – Peggy Liang

Photo: Peggy Liang Peggy Liang is no stranger when it comes to tackling challenges in the face of high expectations. After all, she became an NCAA Division I athlete despite being profoundly Deaf since birth. Now, with competitive athletics behind her, the swimming-star-turned-graduate-student reflects on her unprecedented athletic career as she works to pave a path that will allow her to serve her community – the Deaf community – for years to come. For Liang, the question that comes to

Hawaii Celebrates 25 Years of Deaf Santa

Photo: Caleb Kepo’o (right) watches as Deaf Santa (left) asks, “What do you want for Christmas?” in American Sign Language (ASL). On Thursday, December 9, 2016, more than 100 Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deafblind (DHHDB) students from across Hawaii gathered at the Pearlridge Shopping Center to pay a visit to “Deaf Santa.” The event marked the 25th anniversary of the Deaf Santa program, which was created for students from pre-kindergarten through sixth grade who are DHHDB. Participating schools included Keaau

Victory for Kuli808: Local Duo Wins Pacific Coast Deaf Bowling Association (PCDBA) Doubles Championship

Photo: (From left to right) Tim Estes, Pacific Coast Deaf Bowling Association (PCDBA) Acting President/Vice President; Edward Bazan, PCDBA Secretary/Treasurer; Vuong Ho, Team Kuli808; Bryce Takaki, Team Kuli808; and Eric Dela Pena, PCDBA Tournament Chairperson. On June 27-30, 2016, the Hawaii Silent Bowlers (HSB) hosted a tournament in Las Vegas, NV, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Pacific Coast Deaf Bowling Association (PCDBA). Among the highlights were two local boys – Vuong Ho and Bryce Takaki – who took

In the Spotlight – Vanessa Wozney

Photo: Vanessa Wozney (second from left) with her four children, (from left to right) Gabriel, Shane, Jasmyn, and Seth. Vanessa Wozney considers Kauai her home all her life, even though she was born on the mainland. Her father has lived on Kauai since she was born. Now a resident of Kauai for over 5 years, Wozney has made a quite a life for herself and her family. This wasn’t always the case. An ongoing challenge for Wozney was finding a

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

In the Spotlight: Mr. Bowe Lani

It all began in 2008, when a sign at a local fishing supply shop caught Bowe Lani’s eye. It was an advertisement for the 1st Annual Kakaako Katching Club (KKC) tournament. Lani’s interest, however, was almost instantly overcome by self-doubt. “I was intrigued but didn’t think it was worth it,” Lani recalled. “I didn’t believe I was good enough.” Lani’s mindset began to change when his friends and regular fishing companions encouraged him to give competitions a shot. “They kept

Let’s ALL Go to the Movies!

Two interpreters at a movie theater for open captioining in hawaii

House Bill 1272 was signed into law by Hawai’i Governor David Ige in May of 2015, making Hawai’i the first in the country to accommodate the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing at motion picture theaters statewide by providing open captioning. The landmark law was authored by Kauai Representative James Tokioka (Wailua Homesteads, Hanamaulu, Lihue, Puhi, Old Koloa Town, Omao). On January 2, 2016, over 100 members of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community celebrated at Ward Consolidated Theaters, commemorating this pioneering moment in

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