PDC has started a website to serve as a centralized directory for Hawaii-based Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing business owners who provide services to visitors and residents, and for those businesses that offer services that assist visitors and residents who are Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing.
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Good news for Hawai‘i’s deaf and blind. Starting this year, they’ll get to enjoy a movie on the big screen with audio description and open movie captioning during at least two showings each week. What’s open captioning? When a movie uses open captioning, everyone can see the words on the screen.
Sean Cho is our new Master of Social Work Practicum Student for the 2015-2016 school year. Here is his story: At the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, I earned a Bachelor of Science in International Business with a focus on Economics. The main issues I wanted to study were the disparities in the quality of life for those in other countries with relations to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
In August 2015, after an eight-year hiatus, the Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Blind hosted the Family Learning Vacation (FLV). FLV is a creative educational program designed to let families with deaf and hard-of-hearing children gain knowledge about deafness, share their experiences with other families, and learn to communicate more fully with each other in a warm, caring atmosphere.
The Aloha State Association of the Deaf (ASAD) hosted its 17th biennial state conference at the Ala Moana Hotel on August 20, 2015, with the theme of Completing Your Life to Benefit the World. The conference was geared towards state, county, and federal agency personnel, medical, disability, and rehabilitation professionals, teachers of deaf and special education students, and all members of the community.
We’ve had lots of positive feedback on our first article about the Hawai‘i Neurotrauma Registry. In the last two years, we’ve given out information on neurotrauma injuries (stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury) at 60 events and presentations to approximately 6,500 people. There is a lot of information on patients with stroke, spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury while they are in the hospital or rehabilitation facility. But what happens once they get home? What problems are they having?
Colin Whited and Dr. Violet Horvath were kindly invited by Debbie Jackson and Francine Wai from the Disability and Communication Access Board (DCAB) to attend today’s proclamation on 25 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). We’re so grateful to be included on this momentous day.
FAST is an easy way to remember and identify the most common symptoms of a stroke. Recognition of stroke and calling 9-1-1 will determine how quickly someone will receive help and treatment. Getting to a hospital rapidly will more likely lead to a better recovery. FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop? ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple
Carolyn Allen is 69 and has had two strokes. One day she slipped in the tub, got stuck with one leg wedged behind her, and could not get up. Fortunately, the story has a happy ending. Ms. Allen had been matched with a roommate who, while too small to help her up, dialed 911 and gave her a towel to cover herself with. Ms. Allen and her roommate are part of a growing number of seniors using home-sharing services. The
The Pacific Disabilities Center at the John A. Burns School of Medicine: Thirty Years of Service to Hawai‘i and Beyond
In 1983 a Request for Proposals (RFP) from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) in Washington DC, caught the attention of Dean Terence A. Rogers (1972–1988) at the John A Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) at the University of Hawai‘i. NIDRR is housed under the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services of the US Department of Education. The project was to be co-directed by Dr. Gary Okamoto, a physiatrist at the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific