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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

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

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

First-Ever Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Cohort at the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies (ACPSS)

  Broadening their understanding of the complex Asia-Pacific region, 150 security and other practitioners recently completed the Asia-Pacific Orientation Course (APOC) in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Among those taking part in this perspective-shaping course was the Center’s first cohort of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (DHH) Fellows, with four in attendance. Colin Whited, Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Project Specialist at the Pacific Disabilities Center, was one of the Fellows. Conducted January 25 – 29, 2016 at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, APOC

The Georgia E. Morikawa Center (GEM) – Decades in the Making

    It’s only been 45 years in the making. On January 17, 2016, nearly 200 members of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community gathered at the Ala Moana Hotel to celebrate the announcement of the Georgia E. Morikawa Center (GEM). The event was also streamed live over the internet to an additional 60 additional participants (view the livestream at GEM is a newly-established not-for-profit that is of, by, and for Hawai’i’s Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community. When asked about the

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