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New Hawaii Law: Open Movie Captioning

open captioning hawaii

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.

Meet Sean Cho, our new Master of Social Work Practicum Student

Sean Cho

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).

Family Learning Vacation Hosted by the Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Blind

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.

Aloha State Association of the Deaf 17th Biennial State Conference

Photo of Colin Whited

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.

Hawaii Neurotrauma Registry in the Feb/March 2015 Issue of Generations Magazine

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?

ACT FAST: Use FAST to Remember the Warning Signs of a Stroke

Act Fast - Warning Signs of a Stroke

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

Roommates for Seniors – Safety, Companionship, and Money

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

30th anniversary of pbrrtc

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

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