Hawaii Links & Resources
Aloha State Association of the Deaf (ASAD)
Website: New Website coming soon!
Aloha State Association of the Deaf, known as ASAD Hawai`i, is a nonprofit organization that aims to strive and meet its objectives in serving the deaf/hard of hearing people in the State of Hawai`i. ASAD sponsors cultural and social events for the Deaf community and publishes a bi-monthly newsletter.
American Sign Language Interpreter Education Program
Offers American Sign Language classes to the general public. Provides educational and training opportunities to people interested in becoming Sign Language/English Interpreters, as well as professional development for working interpreters. Also offers in-service training to organizations serving people who are Deaf and hard of hearing.
Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawai’i at Manoa
The Center on Disability Studies (CDS) is a University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents recognized Center focused upon development and conduct of interdisciplinary education/training, research/demonstration and evaluation, and university and community service. CDS consists of several focused Centers and Programs that reflect the mission and vision of the Center on Disability Studies
Children with Special Needs Branch, Baby HEARS Project, DOH
Baby HEARS Project: http://hawaii.gov/health/family-child-health/eis/pdf/babyhears1_8_07.pdf
Children with Special Health Needs Branch(CSHNB) is working to assure that all children and youth with special health care needs (CSHCN) will reach optimal health, growth, and development, by improving access to a coordinated system of family-centered health care services and improving outcomes, through systems development, assessment, assurance, education, collaborative partnerships, and family support. Early Hearing Detection and Intervention.
Community Schools for Adults, DOE (sign language classes)
Community schools, sometimes known as adult education schools, offer beginning and intermediate American Sign Language classes.
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Deaf Services Section (DVR-DSS)
Hawai`i VR Website: http://hawaiivr.org/main/
Vocational Rehabilitation is a state-federal program for individuals with disabilities who require assistance to prepare for, secure, retain or regain employment. Deaf Services Section staff are rehabilitation counselors whom specialize in job training and job placement for persons who are Deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind.
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Ho’opono
From the Hawaiian word "ho'oponopono” meaning "to make things right” is a branch of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Department of Human Services, State of Hawai`i. Ho'opono provides comprehensive services and specialized services to Oahu as well as neighbor island consumers to meet the varied needs of persons who are blind, both deaf and blind, or visually impaired persons. Ho’opono’s goal is to enable visually impaired adults to attain maximum vocational and functional independence.
Disability and Communication Access Board (DCAB)
Establishes and disseminates guidelines for the utilization of Sign Language Interpreters in state programs and activities. Provides systems advocacy for issues related to persons who are Deaf, hard of hearing or deaf-blind. Administers the Hawaii Quality Assurance System to credential Sign Language Interpreters. Provides a list of credentialed Sign Language interpreters upon request.
Hands and Voices, Hawai`i Chapter (provisional)
Amanda Kaahanui, Parent
National Website: http://www.handsandvoices.org/
Hands & Voices is a nationwide non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families and their children who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as the professionals who serve them. We are a parent-driven, parent/professional collaborative group that is unbiased towards communication modes and methods. Our diverse membership includes those who are deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing impaired and their families who communicate orally, with signs, cue, and/or combined methods. We exist to help our children reach their highest potential.
Hawai`i Interpreting Service (HIS)
Hawai`i Interpreting Services is a comprehensive, one-stop service center providing quality sign language interpreters, real-time captioners, and computer-assisted notetakers to facilitate communication between deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, and hearing individuals. These services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on six islands in the state of Hawai`i (Kaua`i, O`ahu, Moloka`i, Lana`i, Maui, and the island of Hawai`i). Hawai`i Interpreting Services is owned and operated by Sabina Wilford, dedicated professionals who are fluent in American Sign Language and experienced as interpreters.
Hawai`i Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (HRID)
Hawai’i RID, Inc. is an affiliate chapter of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID, Inc.), a non-profit professional organization dedicated to the advancement of the field of professional interpreting. Administers the RID national testing system to certify interpreters and provides a registry of local interpreters to the public upon request.
Hawai`i School for the Deaf and the Blind (HSDB)
The Hawai`i School for the Deaf and Blind is a public education facility that provides services to the islands' deaf, blind, and deaf-blind students. One of the main functions of HSDB is providing an ASL immersion program that follows the tenets of a bi-cultural, bi-lingual philosophy. Both, the ways of the hearing and the Deaf are respected and cherished here, along with the use of both languages, English and ASL. The end result of the program is to produce individuals who are confident participants in both, the Deaf and hearing worlds.
Hawai`i Centers for Independent Living (HCIL)
HCIL is a non-profit organization which helps people with disabilities have equal access, opportunities and choices in life. To accomplish this, HCIL actively seeks system change and promotes self-advocacy. The majority of HCIL Board of Directors and staff are people with disabilities. Many of our clients are able to make the transition to increase personal choices and maintain a higher quality of life.
Island Skill Gathering (ISG)
Offers an array of support services and product sales (assistive technology) for people who are Deaf, hard of hearing, and have speech disabilities such as TTYs (text telephones), FM listening systems and telephone/doorbell alerting systems. Also offers repair services for specific brands of TTYs.
Isle Interpret promotes successful communication with deaf and hard or hearing persons throughout the state of Hawaii by offering affordable, convenient, and secure on-site and video remote interpreting in American Sign Language. Isle Interpret also helps overcome communication barriers by offering affordable, convenient, and secure telephonic interpreting services and text translation in more that 240 languages.
Kapi`olani Deaf Center / Gallaudet University Regional Center
Offers a continuing education program and resource center for adults who are Deaf and hard of hearing, their families and friends, and people who work with them. Established in cooperation with Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. and the University of Hawai`i. Also sponsors a lending library of assistive devices.
Pacific Deaf-Blind Project
University of Hawaii, Center on Disabilities Studies
The Pacific Partnership for Deaf-Blind Technical Assistance Services represents a partnership between the Pacific Outreach Initiative at the Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawai‘i and the outlying Pacific Island nations/jurisdictions of American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia (Kosrae, Pohnpei, Chuuk, and Yap), Guam, Republic of Palau and Republic of the Marshall Islands.
Sprint Relay Hawai`i Telecomunications Relay Service & Sprint Video Relay Service
Provides 24-hour telecommunications relay services for telephone customers who are Deaf and/or speech impaired statewide, allowing for equal access to telephone services for people with and without TTYs. Through Relay Hawai`i’s innovative Relay Services, the deaf, hard-of-hearing, and speech-disabled can communicate with friends, family and co-workers through an array of traditional, online or video relay services.
Signs of Self
Signs of Self is a nonprofit agency contracted through the Hawai`i Department of Human Services, Vocational Rehabilitation and Services for the Blind Division (VR). VR has long recognized the special needs of clients who have either a hearing or vision loss, or both, and has a commitment to serving these clients. Signs of Self is an established agency in Hawai`i, serving the needs of those with a hearing loss for 10 years. Staffed by trained professionals and community members, we will strive to always provide competent and responsible services to our clients.
Though we are a new nonprofit agency and not a Center for Independent Living, we still believe that all individuals have the right to have as much say as possible in the direction of their own lives - regardless of individual ability. It is our goal to help our clients make the most of their lives.