Disability Rights Hawaii (DRH) is a grassroots non-profit disability rights organization, incorporated in 1992. The purpose, as stated in our Bylaws is
educate the public to the legal rights and needs of persons with disabilities;
to advocate for the improvement of the quality of life of persons with
disabilities, and to work toward the implementation of the
are sent out prior to DRH’s bimonthly meetings. The meetings are usually
scheduled for the first Wednesday of the month in even-numbered months. For
2019, we are planning for meetings on the following dates, at the ADRC building
at 1055 Kinoole St. in Hilo, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 PM. DRH was organized in
Scheduled DRH meetings for 2019:
Officers and Board of Directors (as of January 2019) are as follows:
President and Director: Daniel Grant-Johnson Telephone 961-5601 (messages)
Vice President and Director: Chris Cholas firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary and Director: Ron Amundson email@example.com
Treasurer and Director:
Director: Kauila Haumea
Director: Linda Toms Barker
The DRH Newsletters are primarily produced as email, but are also available in hard copy and large print if requested. If you wish to be on our emailing list use our contact information below.
NEW MEMBERS ARE WELCOME: Use one of the following contacts:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Ron Amundson, Secretary
Telephone: (808) 961-5601 Danny Grant-Johnson, President (messages)
For more current and interactive web action, go to the Facebook page for “Disability Rights Hawaii”. Another FB group that many of us share is the activist group “Squeaky Wheels Hawaii” (see their logo on the graphic at the top of this page).
PDF copies of recent Newsletters are available below. For earlier Newsletters, email email@example.com. (We have about a hundred old Newsletters since 2002, a similar number of texts of Snail-mailed copies from 1993 to 2002. We will donate these to the Library of Congress, if they ask nicely.)
Other Organizations supporting Disability Rights:
-- DRH is not Hawaii Disability Rights Center, although we support their activities. Hawaii Disability Rights Center is at http://hawaiidisabilityrights.org, or emailed at info@ that URL. Or call (808) 949-2928 or (toll free) (1-800) 882-1057. They have paid staff and an attorney on board: we do not. They will schedule you for a telephone interview before they accept your case. Do it.
-- The Disability and Communication Access Board is the State agency that coordinates ADA and other Hawaii accessibility legal issues, especially for State agencies. They are online at http://health.hawaii.gov/dcab/, (808) 586-8121, and firstname.lastname@example.org. They have little power over private accessibility complaints (restaurants, apartments, etc.) But consider ...
-- The Federal Department of Justice ADA site: https://www.ada.gov/ Mostly educational, but you can file a complaint, and maybe the government will begin to pay attention to us again at some time in the future.
Some of our other Disability Rights Concerns:
DRH supports making all houses visitable by persons with disabilities. AARP describes this issues as “Aging in Place”. We are in agreement with AARP, but some of us are disabled but not aged. (Although we expect to become aged, as time goes on.) For more information on Visitability click here
Come to a DRH meeting and tell us what you think are the important issues!!!